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The Fight Within — Kwan Um School of Zen

Recently I heard a narrative about two wolves. In this story, a grandfather was educating his grandchildren about life. He stated to them, “A fight is going on inside me. It is a terrible fight between two wolves. One wolf expresses fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, hatefulness, and lies. The other wolf expresses joy, peace, love, hope, humbleness, kindness, friendship, generosity, faith, and truth. These wolves are always fighting with each other. My grandchildren, this same fight is going on inside of you. And not just you, but inside every other person too.”

The youngsters thought of it for a minute. Then one baby requested his grandfather, “Which wolf will win the fight?” The grandfather replied, “The one you feed will win.”

So which wolf can we select to feed? Do you see that we now have a selection? If we cling to our anger, how can we let go of it and feed as an alternative the wolf of kindness and understanding?

The solely approach we will select properly is to come back to the place earlier than anger and kindness. In our Zen college, we name that place “before thinking.” And then we return to moment-mind. Remember that you’ve got a selection about which wolf you feed. When you’re totally alive in every second, then the 2 wolves of opposites utterly disappear. When we do something 100%, then opposites disappear. Then our appropriate scenario, appropriate relationship, and proper perform change into clear. And then we will actually assist this world.


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