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Zen Java, Zen Mind



“Make a cup of coffee”, said the zen master to his disciple, “and bring it to me.”



“Once you’ve made it, the cup of coffee will thank you profusely. After all, a cup of coffee is an exalted thing. Unlike you or I, he doesn’t have the illusion of a possible long life to steal nirvana from him. No, no. A cup of cofee knows his destiny. He’ll be drunk just moments after he’s made. His life force swells within him and then he’s dissolved into the universe or your stomach acids, however you choose to look at it.”



“And once you’ve made this cup of coffee, he’ll be a good friend of mine. He’ll appreciate my causing him to be brought into existence and more importantly, my having given him a meaning in life.”



“You see a coffee cherry in a mountain jungle is barbarian, unsophisticated, meaningless. But when the best cherries are selected, roasted carefully with water, and then ground together into one, the coffee is in a higher state. But still, teh ground coffeee is struggling to achieve its destiny, to become a cup of coffee, with sugar and a coffeespoon, please. So make me that cup of coffee.”


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The following comments are for "zen java, zen mind(extremely short)"
by Seanspacey

this is great
How did you ever come up with this? Thank your muse for me.

( Posted by: Furius [Member] On: April 16, 2002 )

thanks furius
My muse says, "You're welcome."

( Posted by: Seanspacey [Member] On: April 17, 2002 )

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A nice piece, well written!

( Posted by: Crofty [Member] On: April 17, 2002 )

Hmmm....
This speaks volumes to my previous coffee addiction from which I still have fond memories of.

You should use a spellchecker, as even the smallest mistake will throw the reader off, which can easily tip the balance in shorter pieces like this.

Now where did I put my coffee cup....

( Posted by: Zebralicious [Member] On: April 17, 2002 )

Caffeine!
Seanspacey,

Well I give you 'props' for talking about one of my favorite beverages. I have a heavy caffeine addiction, and I cannot help but love coffee. I have never met a Zen master before but it would stand to reason that it would be hard for one to function without the help of the great beans of java...mainly I just want to say 'good little story you have here'. *grins* *raises glass of iced expresso in a toast, takes a drink*

Later,
Dras

( Posted by: Drastine [Member] On: April 18, 2002 )

thank you
I'd really like to thank Crofty, Zebralicious and Drastine for their comments. As far as the spellchecker, Zebralicious, I can't edit this piece very easily because Lit.org makes it hard to edit pieces. But, yeah, I should use my spellchecker. Peace out.

( Posted by: Seanspacey [Member] On: April 19, 2002 )

mmm.... coffeeeee.....
This one made me smile. I'm more of a tea-drinker myself, but I still enjoyed the picture you created. It struck me as being more a humourous piece than an actual Zen master speaking (I think the Zen master would be a little more subtle). But it is a good read, even if it is short.

( Posted by: Spudley [Member] On: December 31, 2002 )





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