I agree with Huseng completely.
Here's a story I recall from something I once read.
I believe it's a Zen story...but I can't remember where or when I first heard it.
Perhaps someone else on this forum can help me with the details.
Anyway here's the story.
A monk was meditating when a robber broke into his room.
The monk continued on with his meditation, ignoring the robber, until the robber began ransack the monk's meager possesions.
Then, interrupting his meditation, he said to the robber, "I am a poor monk. so I have litle of value here. But what money I have is in that small table there. It is not locked, so you can open it easily...there is now need for you to destroy it in your search. Take what you need and leave, but please do not disturb my meditation. Just one thing however...please leave me enough money to pay my taxes...because tomorrow I must pay them. Take the rest and go"
So the robber took the rest of the money, leaving what he thought the monk would need for his taxes, and left.
Now it happened that the robber was caught, and he confessed to many robberies, including that of the monk.
But when the police came tp the monk, asking if he had been robbed, the monk told them, "Oh,that guy. No he nver robbed me. He did visit my room one night while I was meditating. He seemed to be poor. so I let him borrow some money I happened to have laying about as a loan. I am sure that one day he will return it when he feels he should. But he never robbed me."
After he served his sentence for his crimes, the robber returned to that monk's room.
Prostrating himself before the monk, he said to the monk, "Please accept me as your student".
I don't think I could do such a thing, myself.
Anyone who can provide me with details of this story and where and who...please do so.
I could probably look it up....but right now I just don't remeber them myself.
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