Be alive! A zen parable


It is enough just to be alive

One morning Master Lin-chi was in the temple. Soon a young man came in and sat nearby with his eyes closed in a frozen pose. This young man was eager to become a disciple and thus thought to impress the Master…
Lin-chi walked over and, tapping him on the head with his knuckles, said:
– Get up and go! There are enough statues in our temple.
The distraught young man turned around on the threshold, and Lin-chi said:
– Be alive! Don’t claim and don’t try too hard!

There’s nothing we need to get that we don’t already have right here, right now.
We already have everything we need, we are already perfect.
It is enough just to be alive.