"Teacher," a student complained, "one of my brother students, whose name I won't mention, is a bad example to all of us. He loves to gossip about other students and point out their failings. And he even criticizes you! He's frequently absent from communal prayer and sleeps during meditation. I also hear that at night he sneaks out to visit the 'bad' girls in the village. Teacher, am I bound to challenge him face-to-face about these sins and failings? Tell me what I should do?""Rather," said the teacher, "go to the village and get yourself a pair of glasses."
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
As a reminder to myself as I complain about these things in others, here is a short piece called 20/20 Vision by Edward Hays, from his book The Ladder.