For those who don’t know, I’m a Christian (LDS, specifically), but I have a prominent appreciation for other faiths that teach peace, relief of suffering, and other wise principles. This Zen koan spoke to me. I don’t know if it’s a standard of the Zen Buddhist religion, but it seems to fit well enough with what I’ve studied of it. This was taken from http://www.ashidakim.com/zenkoans/16notfarfrombuddhahood.html. I highly recommend taking a look at Buddhist philosophies, regardless of your theological/philosophical leanings. Even if you don’t intend on converting (as I don’t), there’s a lot of unconventional wisdom to be had there, which often isn’t as clearly explained in other sacred works.
Not Far from Buddhahood
A university student while visiting Gasan asked him: “Have you ever read the Christian Bible?”
“No, read it to me,” said Gasan.
The student opened the Bible and read from St. Matthew: “And why take ye thought for rainment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow. They toil not, neither do they spin, and yet I say unto you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these… Take therefore no thought for the morrow, for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.”
Gasan said: “Whoever uttered those words I consider an enlightened man.”
The student continued reading: “Ask and it shall be given you, seek and ye shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you. For everyone that asketh receiveth, and he that seeketh findeth, and to him that knocketh, it shall be opened.”
Gasan remarked: “That is excellent. Whoever said that is not far from Buddhahood.”