The Kite Cloth

A Zen master once gave his student a piece of silk fabric that had been twisted and tied into many knots. Yet he told the student it was a beautiful kite that he should fly in the garden.

The student took hold of the mess he’d been handed, unsure what to make of it. Then he carefully began to undo each knot and twist. With the fabric smoothed out, he attached the frame and tether.

He released the kite, and the wind carried it high into the air. The student admired the ease with which the kite sailed through the air.

At that moment, he understood that for his life to be as light and free as the kite, he would need to undo the problems that kept his heart knotted up and tangled into a hard lump.


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