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Divine Humor: Zen

One day there was an earth­quake that shook the entire Zen tem­ple. Parts of it even col­lapsed. Many of the monks were ter­ri­fied. When the earth­quake stopped the teacher said, “Now you have had the oppor­tu­ni­ty to see how a Zen man behaves in a cri­sis sit­u­a­tion. You may have noticed that I did not pan­ic. I was quite aware of what was hap­pen­ing and what to do. I led you all to the kitchen, the strongest part of the tem­ple. It was a good deci­sion, because you see we have all sur­vived with­out any injuries.”

The Mas­ter fur­ther added “ See how calm­ly I just took a glass of water and drank it”. One of the monks smiled, but did­n’t say any­thing. “What are you laugh­ing at?” asked the teacher. “That was­n’t water,” the monk replied, “it was a large glass of soy sauce.”

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