When the spiritual teacher and his disciples began their evening meditation, the cat who lived in the monastery made such noise that it distracted them. So the teacher ordered that the cat be tied up during the evening practice.

Years later, when the teacher died, the cat continued to be tied up during the meditation session. And when the cat eventually died, another cat was brought to the monastery and tied up. Centuries later, learned descendants of the spiritual teacher wrote scholarly treatises about the religious significance of tying up a cat for meditation practice.

Point to Ponder

  • “I wonder how many religious ceremonies and rituals originally started out as simply a PRACTICAL solution to some simple problem.”
  • “This must be similar to how superstitions develop. There once may have been a logical reason for them, but eventually people just do it because they believe they should.”
  • “I think a lot of us live our whole lives like this. We do this and that, over and over again, without really thinking about the significance or meaning of it.”

Source http://truecenterpublishing.com/zenstory/ritualcat.html

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