A Zen Master walks into a casino ...

September 19, 2009

Back to reading the book "Wanting Enlightenment is a Big Mistake", and it contains a great short story where Zen Master Seung Sahn (ZMSS) and his hippy students are traveling the country in the early 1970s, and they spend one night in Las Vegas. In the wee hours of the morning ZMSS wakes up all his students, drags them into a casino, and says:

"Do you see these people? They are all trapped in hell ... the hell of their own desires."

I don't want to give away any more of this story, but like all the other short stories in this wonderful book, I enjoyed it. Part of this story makes me think there's a joke in there somewhere ("A Zen Master and his students walk into a casino ..."), and the hell part of it rings very true to me. I've only been in a casino twice, once to see what one looked like, and another time on business, and "hell" strikes me as a perfect description.

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