After a long and arduous journey
a young Japanese man arrived deep
in a forest where the teacher
of his choice was living in a small
house he had made.
When the student arrived,
the teacher was sweeping up fallen
leaves. Greeting his
master, the young man
received no greeting in return.
And to all his questions,
there were no replies.
Realizing there was
nothing he could do to get the
teacher’s attention, the
student went to another part of the
same forest and built himself a
house. Years later,
when he was sweeping up
fallen leaves, he was
enlightened. He then
dropped everything, ran through
the forest to his teacher,
and said, “Thank you.”