Our Turn

September 30, 2019

A Zen master was invited to a Roman Catholic monastery to give instructions to the monks in Zen practice. 

He exhorted the monks to meditate and try to solve their koan or Zen paradox question.

The Zen master told them that if they practiced with full-hearted effort, that true understanding would come to them.

He exhorted the monks to meditate and try to solve their koan or Zen paradox question.

One old monk raised his hand and asked a question. “Master, our way of prayer is quite different from this. We have been meditating and praying in the simplest fashion without effort, waiting to be illuminated by the grace of God. In Zen is there anything like this illuminating grace that comes to one?”

The Zen master looked back and smiled at the old monk. Then he answered, “In Zen, we believe that God has already done his share, and now it is up to us to do ours.”

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