Search in the Right Place
--by Zen Parable (Feb 24, 1998)
A Zen parable ... A man came home late one night and as he was approaching
his gate he accidently dropped his key on the ground where it was lost
in darkness. He walked up to the door and found that his wife had left
the door ajar for him. He entered the house, turned on the light, and
started looking for his key. His wife, awakened by the light and the
noise, came downstairs and asked what he was looking for. When he replied
that he had lost his door key, she also began to search. After sometime of
fruitless searching, his wife asked him exactly where he had dropped the
key. When he said he had lost it by the gate, she stood up and demanded
to know why he was looking for it in the house. He calmly replied that it
was far too dark outside and there was much more light inside the house.
Quite often, we only look where we can see. No matter how dark it is within, we have to look inside if we want to find our lost peace and freedom. Meditation is this process of looking inwards and finding your real nature.