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January 09, 2007

The bird and the monkey

Writing about web page http://www.suanmokkh.org/archive/arts/ecology1.htm

In one story, the Bodhisatva, who represents everyone on the path of Buddhahood, was a tree spirit. A monkey and a bird lived in this particular tree. One day the bird laughed at the monkey for not having a house, saying “why don’t you build a nest like I do? We birds have such nice, comfortable nests to live in.” The monkey replied, “you’re crazy, we monkeys don’t need such ridiculous things.” The bird laughed at the monkey who got angry and ripped the bird’s nest to bits. So the bird lost its nest because of its foolish tongue. It tried to teach technology to the monkey, but the monkey would have none of it. The Bodhisatva as tree spirit had a good laugh at this episode of the sassy bird teaching technology to a monkey. A wiser being would consider what is correct for the monkey and what is appropriate in this situation.


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Lewis Mumford
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