Take the time to concentrate on the task that you are doing. Multi-tasking and incompetence permeate our world and mistakes are becoming more frequent and consequential. Zen Concentration on the now means, not only the awareness of the moment, but the discipline to be awake to the people, environment, tasks, and the next twinkling of the universe. How can you reach this level of awareness if you do not take the time to stop, look, listen, deliberately think, and are multi-tasking?
A Brooklyn Zen Buddhist arrives at an extremely ancient monastery. Because it is only his retreat, and he is a sculptor/writer, he is assigned to helping other monks in copying the old canons and laws of the church by hand. Being aware and in the now, he soon notices that all of the monks are copying from copies, not from original manuscripts. So, he goes to the old head abbot pointing out, that if someone made an error in the first copy, it would be continued in all of the subsequent copies. The head monk, says, ‘We have been copying from the copies for centuries, but you make a good point, my son.’ The head monk goes down into the dark recesses underneath the monastery where the original manuscripts are archived in a locked vault that hasn’t been opened for hundreds of years. Hours go by. The Zen Buddhist gets worried and goes down to the caves. He sees the head monk banging his head against the wall and wailing.
“We missed the R! We missed the R! We missed the fu%@#ing R!”
His forehead is bruised and he is crying.
The Brooklyn Zen Buddhist asks the old abbot, ‘What’s wrong, father?’
With a choking voice, the old abbot replies,
‘The word was…CELEB R ATE