|“If I change, the whole world changes.”|
| These are the words of the Zen master “Kouno Taistu”(河野太通老師).
I will introduce a story by another Zen master, “Yamada Mumon”(山田無文老師).
Once upon a time, there was a King. He wanted to go outside, but outside the castle walls was very rocky, so he could not walk barefoot.
The King thought, “If the whole world was covered with carpets, I could go everywhere.”
Then, he ordered his retainers to cover the ground with carpets, but they could only cover around the castle at most.
Both the King and retainers were exhausted.
To make matters worse, the King ran through all his fortune for this plan.
He died a brokenhearted man.
A boy, who lived in the King’s country, also wanted to walk around the world.
The boy didn’t want to change the whole world as the King did.
He thought, “I cannot cover the whole world with carpets, but I can cover the bottom of my feet with leather. Then I can go everywhere.”
He cut a small piece of leather carpet, and made shoes.
Thanks to his shoes, he could go everywhere he liked.
There are no bounds to changing the whole world to solve the sufferings.
But it is not as difficult to think about oneself.
If you can change yourself, your mind will be free from attachments and can achieve a perfect freedom.
If you have a little courage to change your way of thinking, you can change yourself.
If I change, the whole world changes.