Michael Palin and a Zen monk teach trading and much else besides

In Michael Palin’s travel series ‘Full Circle’, Palin talks to Sokum, a Zen Buddhist monk. I jotted down the brief conversation that takes place between them:

Monk – With unity of body and mind we can attain our true nature.

Monk – Each moment is the practice.

Palin – As I am only here for one night, what will I be able to learn in that time?

Monk – You? But that is your problem. You must not ask me.

When I read this I think about oneness, of our perception of tasks in relation to time, of an even allocation of one’s energy, of learning from others but not without reaching deep into oneself. Much food for thought.


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