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No Work No Food 83 Hyakujo the Chinese Zen master used to labor with his pupils even at the age of eighty trimming the gardens cleaning the grounds and pruning the trees The pupils felt sorry to see the old teacher working so hard but they knew he would not listen to their advice to stop so they hid away his tools That day the master did not eat The next day he did not eat nor the next He may be angry because we have hidden his tools the pupils surmised We had better put them back The day they did the teacher worked and ate the same as before In the evening he instructed them No work no food In life people take many things for granted whether it is how we play with our children or what kind of job we do or just simply having fun For the older generation taking things for granted wasnt an option In this simple passage trying to convince someone to take it easy proved to be a very valuable lesson for some youngsters When life gets to ruff normally we tend to slow down a bit Often the younger generation healthy and strong perceives that the older generation should take it easier than normal However in China the Chinese Zen master doesnt seem to fit this scenario They seem to carry the philosophy that each carries their own weight no matter what the consequence The younger pupils felt the Master was working extremely to hard and knew that he would not to a break Having this information they concocted a plan to hide his work tools so he would have no choice but to take a break As the day slowly elapsed into darkness they realized the Zen master hadnt eaten This carried into the 3rd day and finally the pupils felt he was
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