A Slightly Long Zen Story


Teacher: So students, what is the purpose of life?

BITS student who spends too much time on DC: Sir, the purpose of life is a life of purpose.....

Wierd Greek Dude: I second that. It is very important to have a purpose in life. In fact if the state does not dictate us with a purpose, finding a purpose is our single most important duty.

Teacher: Oh?

Indian Dude: Errr.. the question was what is the purpose of life, not what you are supposed to do once you are alive...

Wierd Greek Dude: Let me get to the point. As living beings with conciousness we need to define something known as a purpose. This is gives us the reason to live on....

Junkie: Reason? What is that??

Wierd Greek Dude: Reason is the cause and effect that we perceive in everyday life.. it is the....

Buddhist: So reason is a thought? Am I right??

(Wierd Greek Dude, thinks a bit and then nods in the affirmative)

Buddhist: But you think that the answer lies in thought? How do you know that thinking is an accurate process to decipher such a profound question. Isn't thought a major barrier in understanding the deeper nature of things? The mind is always in motion, never still enought to understand the true nature of things...

Junkie: Dude.. look at me.. I can be without having thoughts.. The acid man.. that really kicks some ass .. all you experience is true love man.. like you are one with the universe and shit.. your soul flying in the heavens....

Buddhist(Annoyed): But you are aware of all this right? There is an 'I' that is experiencing all of this.. so how can you be 'ONE' with the universe when you are still yourself??

Indian Dude: Now look here all of you. The problem with this line of approach is TIME. All that you know as 'thoughts' , the 'ego' , the 'I', philosophy, truth and meaning .. all of these exist in time. But what if time was a lie? What if time itself isn't real?? Then is the question "What is the purpose of life?" a valid question. The question does imply that for something to have a purpose there must have been a time where either it existed not having a purpose, or that a purpose existed when life was not. But what if time didn't exist.. then what???

Junkie: Dude, thats so whacked!! Thats some trippy shit man.. wow......

Buddhist: Yes, that is a very good question indeed....

Wierd Greek Dude: Well, you have me there my friend. We have no way of knowing whether the 'Time' that we experience is real or not....

BITS student who spends too much time on DC: zzzZZZzzzZZZzz (YAWN) zzZZZzzzZZZZZzzzzz....

Indian Dude: Sir, what do you have to say about it sir?

The old teacher slowly stood up and arched his back. He scratched his neck and tried to swat a fly that was buzzing around him. He then turned around slowly showing his back to the students, bent down gracefully and farted. The students were enlightned.