The Master’s Smile


A monk joyously reported his meditation experience to the Master in his Office. The Master looked at him, smiled, and did not say anything. After a few days, this monk was annoyed by something, so he came again to complain to the Master about his difficulty. The Master still looked at him and smiled, but did not say a word.

The monk looked at the Master’s familiar smile and was reminded of the distinctly different state of mind that he was in a few days ago. The smile seemed to remind him of the teaching, “To be calm in quietness is not true stability, to be calm in chaos is true stability.”