Four silent monks (a koan)

December 23, 2010 at 15:22 - by eelvex   |   no comments (Leave a comment)

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Four monks decided to meditate silently without speaking for two weeks.
By nightfall on the first day, the candle began to flicker but everything was ok.
They stood silently for many days when the first monk said,
"Shouldn't the candle go out?"

The second monk replied,
"No brother, that's a different story."

The third monk said nothing.

The fourth monk laughed and exclaimed
"Mu!"
blowing out the candle.

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