If you can get away with a story one time...try another.
Here it is.
Once a Zen master gave a lecture to a group of students.
He spoke as carefully and clearly as he could.
When he had finished he asked the students if they had any questions. No one raised his hand to ask a question,
Then finally one student in the back hesidently raised his hand.
"Master", he said, "although my question is not about what you just told us, May I ask you it?"
"Any question you ask, I will try to answer if I can", the Master replied.
The student responded, "You have told us before that the mercy of Buddha Dharma is such that it is given freely to all as far as they may understand it.
But what I want to know is if a person is deaf and cannot haer the teachings,
or further if a person is blind and can not see the teachings,
or even more if that person's mind is also simple so they can not understand the teachings,
then how can they recieve the Dharma?"
The Master thought a minute, then replied, " When I lived in Northern China the winters were very cold. My parents would wrap me in a heavy cotton wrap and put me to sleep after lighting a small charcoal burner to warm my bedroom. Sometimes I would wake up early in the morning before it became light outside. Although my bedroom would be freezing cold, I felt warm and safe wrapped there in my heavy cotton blankets before the first singing of the birds and the first light of the new morning."
Then he asked the student, "Did you understand that story?"
Well, did you?
Shame on you Shakyamuni for setting the precedent of leaving home.
Did you think it was not there--
in your wife's lovely face
in your baby's laughter?
Did you think you had to go elsewhere (simply) to find it?
from - Judyth Collin
The Layman's Lament
From What Book, 1998, p. 52
Edited by Gary Gach