It was getting late, and four young monks
who were travelling the countryside decided that they should rest for evening. They found a suitable place to camp
, and built a fire
because it was getting cold.
The four monks
then decided to settle down and meditate in silence before going to sleep, like they did every night.
As the evening
progressed, the fire started dying down and the winds began to pick up.
The fire is about to go out!" said the first monk.
"We are supposed to meditate in silence
!" said the second monk.
"Will you be quiet
!" said the third monk.
"Ha! I am the only one who did not talk!" said the fourth monk.
This is not an official version by any means, this is what I remember after hearing the story from a friend. So small details here and there may be off. One noder
I spoke to remembers the campfire
being a candle
. But the general gist of it is still here.
The thing that I enjoy most about this story is that while all four of the monks speaks up, each speaks up for different reasons.
The first monk speaks because he/she is preoccupied
with the physical world
The second monk is too worried about the rule
to remember the spirit of the rule
The third monk is overtaken by his emotions
And the fourth one is too involved in his/her self