Modern koan

A Buddhist monk having a vegetarian broth in a Chinese restaurant motioned for the waiter to come over.
"Yes, how may I help you?"
"There's something wrong with my spoon."
Without looking at the table, the waiter responded: "It's bent, isn't it? Well, you probably did that yourself, Uri Geller. Just give it to me and I'll bend it back."
The monk shook his head. "Do not try and bend the spoon. That's impossible. Instead ... only try to realize the truth."
"What truth?"
"There is no spoon."
"There is no spoon?"
"Then you'll see that it is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself."
The waiter thought about this for a second, then made a courteous bow. The monk smiled approvingly. The waiter apologized and went to fetch a spoon.

Posted by cronopio at 01:30 PM, September 14, 2005