Three monks decided to practice meditation together. they sat by the side of a lake and closed their eyes in concentration. Then suddenly, the first one stood up and said, “I forgot my mat.” He steeped miraculously onto the water in front of him and walked across the lake to their hut on the other side.

When he returned, the second monk stood up and said, “I forgot to put my clothes to dry.” He too walked calmly across the water and returned the same way. The third monk watched the first two carefully in what he decided must be a test of his own abilities. “Is your learning so superior to mine? I too can match any feat you two can perform,” he declared loudly and rushed to the water’s edge to walk across it. He promptly fell into the deep water.

Undeterred, the monk climbed out of the water and tried again, only to sink into the water. Yet again he climbed out and yet again he tried, each time sinking into the water. This went on for some time as the other two monks watched.

After a while, the second monk turned to the first and said, “Do you think we should tell him where the stones are?”


(moral:  Just because we see someone do something, it does not mean we can immediately perform the same feat. I think in this story of the monks it hints about egotism, it wouldn’t hurt to have asked, “hey, how’d you do that?” I admire those young men and women, who ride bikes and skateboards on hand rails but I know they had to of fallen many times to gain that type of balance and control over their vehicle.)

Ambition without knowledge, is like a ship in the desert.,,,

or in this case; a monk in the water (chuckles)