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2019 Apr 19 06:30:18
Cheav Villa:  _/\_

2019 Apr 19 06:25:58
Moritz: _/\_ bong Villa

2019 Apr 19 06:25:48
Moritz: _/\_ _/\_ _/\_ Bhante

2019 Apr 19 02:23:14
Cheav Villa:  សាធុ​ៗ  _/\_ _/\_ _/\_

2019 Apr 19 01:42:18
Johann: Another fullmoon, another chance. It's not sure that breaking apart will make it the last. May all spend a auspicious Uposatha.

2019 Apr 17 15:33:54
Chanroth:  _/\_ bong Moritz

2019 Apr 17 15:32:22
Chanroth:  _/\_bong villa

2019 Apr 17 15:31:07
Chanroth:  _/\_ _/\_ _/\_

2019 Apr 17 07:11:18
Johann: Bhante

2019 Apr 17 05:05:51
Johann: Bhante  _/\_

2019 Apr 17 02:16:55
Johann: May all bring some merits left into this new year for them!

2019 Apr 12 17:30:17
Cheav Villa:  _/\_ _/\_ _/\_

2019 Apr 12 14:39:05
Johann: Nyom Moritz, Nyom Villa

2019 Apr 12 14:27:27
Cheav Villa:  _/\_  Master Moritz

2019 Apr 12 14:26:24
Moritz: _/\_ Bong Villa

2019 Apr 12 14:26:12
Moritz: _/\_ _/\_ _/\_ Bhante

2019 Apr 12 14:09:15
Cheav Villa:  _/\_ _/\_ _/\_

2019 Apr 12 01:54:32
Johann: A meritful Sila-day and much rightly joy by doing merits.

2019 Apr 09 08:24:39
Johann: Meister Moritz

2019 Apr 09 08:14:00
Moritz: _/\_ _/\_ _/\_ Bhante

2019 Apr 06 19:12:07
Moritz: Vandami, Bhante _/\_

2019 Apr 06 08:32:11
Khemakumara:  _/\_ _/\_ _/\_

2019 Apr 06 07:44:05
Johann: _/\_ Bhante Indannano, Bhante Khemakumara

2019 Apr 06 06:51:05
Cheav Villa:  _/\_ _/\_ _/\_

2019 Apr 05 14:37:22
Khemakumara: Nyom Roman

2019 Apr 05 14:35:22
Johann: Bhante, Meister Roman

2019 Apr 05 14:18:13
Khemakumara:  _/\_ _/\_ _/\_ Bhante

2019 Apr 05 09:58:10
Khemakumara: Nyom Cheav Villa

2019 Apr 05 09:55:43
Cheav Villa:  _/\_ _/\_ _/\_

2019 Apr 05 09:53:07
Khemakumara: Nyom Moritz

2019 Apr 05 07:23:13
Moritz: Vandami Bhante _/\_

2019 Apr 05 05:41:00
Johann: Nyom Villa

2019 Apr 04 02:43:01
Johann: May all spend a meritful old month over New month birth day this day.

2019 Apr 03 21:09:04
Moritz: _/\_ _/\_ _/\_

2019 Apr 03 13:50:42
Cheav Villa:  _/\_ _/\_ _/\_

2019 Apr 03 13:23:48
Johann: Sadhu

2019 Apr 03 13:07:53
Khemakumara: Tomorrow is new moon uposatha,  take this noble opportunity to come together in khema (peaceful).  It is not common,  that living beings are in contact with Buddha,  Dhamma, Sangha.  _/\_ _/\_ _/\_

2019 Apr 02 15:20:21
Cheav Villa:  _/\_ _/\_ _/\_

2019 Apr 02 05:09:56
Johann: Nyom Moritz

2019 Apr 02 04:40:57
Moritz: Good morning Bhante and Chanroth _/\_ And good night to me. :)

2019 Apr 01 17:12:00
Moritz: Good evening Bhante. _/\_

2019 Apr 01 15:16:08
Johann: Nyom Chanroth, Nyom Villa (mudita that those wishing to stay in touch are able here)

2019 Apr 01 04:29:01
Johann: One not having overcome sakayaditthi is not capable to judge right and will always be corrupt.

2019 Mar 31 01:02:21
Johann: One would not let go of ones stand/home.

2019 Mar 31 01:00:01
Johann: As long as Saddha does not arise, it's not right view but stuck in "panna".

2019 Mar 30 10:03:35
Johann: Nyom Moritz

2019 Mar 30 08:48:04
Moritz: Vandami Bhante _/\_

2019 Mar 30 08:28:03
Johann: Samvega, yes, Nyom. If there is no pasada. Cheating is of no help but selfish motivated. Maybe Affirming the Truths of the Heart: The Buddhist Teachings on Samvega  

2019 Mar 30 08:13:03
Kong Sokdina: Vandami Bhante    :D បើចង់ អោយចេះប្រមាណ បើបាន អោយចេះគ្រប់ ជៀរាងការកើតទុក្ខនាំមកនូវសេចក្ដីខកចិត្ត(depressed mood) ។

2019 Mar 29 06:06:43
Johann: Like a path would disappear fastly in the forest, the path for many unseen if nobody steps on it.

2019 Mar 29 06:04:31
Johann: Because Uppekha isn't the highest and nobody would benefit from it.

2019 Mar 29 06:03:18
Johann: And why the even Noble ones and Arahats continue asking, answering, coss-question, giving Anumodana, critic?

2019 Mar 29 00:41:54
Johann: Once knowing good and bad, no more independency of approve of others, thanks, praise for ones sacrifices.

2019 Mar 29 00:40:05
Johann: What ever one does, one does for him/herself. Knowing this it's importand to give praise and approve to ones own skillful deeds, shame and disprove to bad.

2019 Mar 28 08:51:12
Moritz: I am leaving my computer to work without me. May all have a good Uposatha day. _/\_

2019 Mar 28 08:00:48
Moritz: Ja, gut angekommen. Noch nicht ganz umgestellt. :) Bald wieder los zum Taxifahren. _/\_

2019 Mar 28 07:45:55
Johann: Meister Moritz. Gut angekommen und wieder umgestellt?

2019 Mar 28 07:28:51
Moritz: Vandami Bhante _/\_

2019 Mar 28 00:47:42
Johann: May all spend a meritful Sila-day and be able to recoice with their beauty of having given all being the gift of the Uposatha-Silas.

2019 Mar 26 01:18:56
Cheav Villa:  :D _/\_

2019 Mar 26 01:18:46
Cheav Villa: មិនខុសពីរឿងទៅសុំសៀវភៅសន្ទនានុក្រម នៅវ ត្ត បញ្ញា​ និង..

2019 Mar 26 01:16:15
Cheav Villa: កូណា ជារឿងដែលម្នាក់បានទទួលស្តាប់ និងធ្វើតាមតែមិនបានសំរេច តាមគោលដៅ :D _/\_

2019 Mar 25 15:28:24
Johann: Others, even if pure, is open for critic and bad assumings. Envy, jealously... on each side. So to become not susbected, needs good advices, double hard for woman to act perfect.

2019 Mar 25 15:23:21
Johann: Pappies can give good lessons when they don't fall, but the deeper, the hard training, must come from liberal mommies for daughters and liberal pappies for sons, in the world and for beyond.

2019 Mar 25 15:11:15
Cheav Villa:   _/\_ _/\_ _/\_

2019 Mar 25 15:04:40
Johann: Does mommy generally don't actually love her child when not react?

2019 Mar 25 15:03:13
Johann: Mommy, mommy... but I like... ohh, they bite me... I am hungry... when do we go back?... why must we sit here... mommy!

2019 Mar 25 15:00:37
Johann: Which can be changed all the time, with feeding rightly.

2019 Mar 25 14:55:50
Cheav Villa: កូណាសង្ឃឹមថា.​ ជារឿងឧបនិស្ស័យ.​  :D _/\_ _/\_ _/\_

2019 Mar 25 14:50:25
Johann: ...teaching and mirror.

2019 Mar 25 14:49:40
Johann: When one is stressed or busy, remember how many times one him/herself was so as well. Intention will always has it's effects, sometimes quick, sometimes even sisters, mother and child... Nyom wouldn't have become here, if there would be not long, long bounds. Watch your child. Thats always a great t

2019 Mar 25 14:40:41
Cheav Villa: _/\_ _/\_ _/\_

2019 Mar 25 14:39:48
Cheav Villa: ព្រោះកូណាមិនអាចទៅឱរ៉ាល់បានកំឡុងពេលនេះ តែអាចជួបនៅភ្នំពេញបាន តែចេតនាម្ខាងមិនចង់ជួប ទើបមិនអាចជួប

2019 Mar 25 14:38:39
Cheav Villa: កូណាគ្រាន់តែចង់បញ្ជាក់អំពីចេតនា ដែលម្នាក់មាន និងម្នាក់គ្មាន ក្នុងការ​ជួបគ្នា.ជាហេតុមិនបានជួប :D _/\_

2019 Mar 25 14:37:02
Cheav Villa:    _/\_ _/\_ _/\_

2019 Mar 25 13:44:16
Johann: Nyom Vithou. Foot well again?

2019 Mar 25 11:56:36
Johann: Good stories: The Healing of the Bull and Prisoners of Karma .

2019 Mar 25 11:51:20
Johann: Although monks are allowed to explain how to work oneself out, they are not given to liberate "slaves", prisoner, as this would count as thief.

2019 Mar 25 11:46:29
Johann: When one is "bond" in families, relations... there is so much soil and danger for envy and jealously, and itjs not easy to "pay" one out. Normal being live from making others depending on one and fear to lose a "cattle" they gave so much into.

2019 Mar 25 09:53:57
Khemakumara: Nyom Cheav Villa

2019 Mar 25 05:00:43
Johann: Some pull back and offer favors, less are giving ways out. Let them wishing to live in cities go back, maintaining homes. Bond by mara there is no escape, they leave alm bowls behind and step into cars, to "help".

2019 Mar 25 04:11:30
Johann: One (who ever) gives the best when helping, assist, in sharing Dhamma, translate it, sort it, easy accessable and maintain it, by proper and given means.

2019 Mar 25 04:03:32
Cheav Villa:  _/\_ _/\_  _/\_

2019 Mar 25 03:53:23
Johann: One stopped at the topic Sangahak, worldily and best. It's hard to try to translate but bears a lot of fruits. Conceit is dangerous, and a feeling of "right" turns quick into lose. Satipatthana, the right workingplaces. And again Ways of  

2019 Mar 25 02:53:11
Kong Sokdina: ដំណើរផ្លូវឆ្ងាយ មិនប្រមាណ បាននូវសេចក្ដីប្រមាថ។

2019 Mar 24 18:54:30
Cheav Villa: ជាចិត្តលំអៀងព្រោះជំពាក់ក្នុងសេចក្តីស្រលាញ់សាច់ញាតិ​ បងប្អូន.​ ឪពុកម្ដាយ​  ^-^

2019 Mar 24 18:49:47
Cheav Villa: ជារឿងដដែល យូរណាស់មកហើយ  ខ្ញុំ​កូណាគួរតែបានរកឃើញផ្លូវកណ្តាល​  :) _/\_

2019 Mar 24 18:48:21
Cheav Villa: ការជាប់ជំពាក់នៅក្នុងការជួយអ្នកដទៃ ការជាប់ជំពាក់នៅក្នុងការចង់អោយគេបានសុខ តែងនាំសេចក្តីទុក្ខ ដល់ខ្លួន

2019 Mar 24 13:23:44
Johann: Nyom Senghour

2019 Mar 23 06:34:02
Johann: No problem Nyom Vithou.

2019 Mar 23 04:32:25
Vithou: ngyom kuna will inform Preah Ang later when kuna get better

2019 Mar 23 04:31:12
Vithou: Preah Ang, ngyom kuna cannot go Phnom Aural tomorrow due to my foot problem. I let is a bit pain and Ngyom kuna cannot walk properly

2019 Mar 20 19:02:36
Johann: May Nyom have a safe and careful travel, when ever he might do.

2019 Mar 20 18:46:53
Johann: Now, Nyom Moritz and Nyom Sophorn are here in the forest. Atma does not know how long.

2019 Mar 20 18:20:42
Vithou: Nyom Kuna planning to see Moritz and Bong Sophorn as well

2019 Mar 20 18:17:26
Vithou: Nyom Kuna planning to go Phnom Oral on Sunday

2019 Mar 20 18:16:07
Vithou: Nyom Kuna was sick too long after remove kidney stone . ( about 2 months ) and skittle busy with human job

2019 Mar 20 18:13:50
Vithou: Is Moritz and Bong Sophorn at Asram now?

2019 Mar 20 18:12:02
Vithou: Kuna Preah Ang

2019 Mar 20 18:05:01
Johann: Nyom Vithou

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Author Topic: Der Affe des Mönches: eine Geschichte - The monks monkey: a story  (Read 379 times)

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A story, some 10 years ago, still not translated

In unserer Welt gibt es unzählige Menschen, die sich für die Armen einsetzen und mit ihrer Kraft versuchen das Leid hier zu verringern. Je mehr man sich mit dem Leiden auseinandersetzt und dabei achtsam bleibt, erkennt man die Zusammenhänge und merkt auch, dass vieles an Hilfe, objektiv betrachtet, nur zu einer Verschlimmerung der Lage führt. Vor einigen Wochen hatte ich einen grossartigen Lehrer, von diesem Lehrer möchte ich euch gerne erzählen.

Der Affe des Mönches

Es war ein sonniger Tag in dem buddhistischen Themenpark südlich von Phnom Penh. Ich machte wie so oft meinen Spaziergang durch die Anlagen. Die jungen Mönche waren wieder dabei das Grün, dass unaufhörlich wuchs, zurückzuschneiden. Nach einigen Tagen internsiven Versuchens, sie zu überzeugen, dass Pflanzen schön sind wie sie sind, und dem Anhalten von benzinbetriebenen Trimmern Abstand zu nehmen, hatte ich aufgegeben, sie aktiv zu beeinflussen.

Ich war wieder auf dem Weg zur Baustelle des Temples der "Lehrer Buddhas" wo ich Borisot, den Baumeister, gerne besuchte. Auf dem Weg lag die Küche des Klosters, in deren Nähe ein junger Affe an einer drei Meter langen Kette an einen Baum gebunden war. Der Affe wurde dem Abt zum Geschenk gemacht und fristet seither sein Leben innerhalb des runden Pfades den er mit der Zeit um den Baum getrampelt hatte. Die Novizen verbrachten oft Zeit mit ihm zu spielen oder ihn zu necken. Man kann sagen, dass sie sich gegenseitig nicht viel schenkten. Manchmal trug einer der kleinen Mönche einen Bluterguss von einem Biss davon, ein anderes Mal hatte der Affe Schnittwunden an der Hand, nachdem sie ihn mit einem Buschmesser geärgert hatten und er es greifen wollte.

Ich verbrachte immer ein paar Minuten am Rand seines Revieres. Am Boden sitzend beobachtete ich den kleinen Affen und versuchte mich mit ihn anzufreunden. Entgegen dem Verhalten gegenüber den Mönchen scheute er sich aber mir näher zu kommen. Nach einiger Zeit akzeptierte ich es und pflegte nur mehr dazusitzen, um ihn zu beobachten. Er verbrachte die meiste Zeit ob Regen oder Sonne an der Kette unter dem Baum. Wenn eine Mönch bemerkte, dass ich bei ihm saß, kam er dazu und brachte dem Affen etwas zu essen.

An diesem Tag hatten sie den Affen mitgenommen und in ihrer Nähe angekettet. Er durfte in den Wassergräben der Mangoplantage schwimmen und die jungen Mönche hatten Spass ihn zu beobachten wie er nach Essen tauchte. Ich setzte mich zu ihnen und plauderte mit einem der Mönche. Er erzählte mir von dem Affen, und das er ihm leid täte und ich fragte ihn warum sie ihn den nicht frei liessen. Er erzählte, dass er schon einmal weg war, aber Leute aus einem fernen Dorf wieder hergebracht hätten. Er meinte auch, dass er dem Abt gehöre und daher sehr gut für ihn sorgen müßten. Wenn er frei wäre, würde er nicht überleben. Ich ging dann wieder meiner Wege.

Jedes Mal wenn ich bei dem Affen saß, wünschte ich mir, dass er zu mir kommen würde, dann könnte ich ihn freilassen. Würde ich ihn fangen wollen, würde er sich fürchten und mich wahrscheinlich auch beissen.
Nach fast zwei Monaten Warten auf die Ankunft des Abtes war sein Erscheinen ernüchternd für uns. Wir wußten nun, dass wir nicht mehr erwünscht waren. Am Abend seiner Ankunft machte ich mich zur Küche des Klosters auf. Um sechs Uhr nahmen dort die Mönche ihren Tee mit Milch, die einzige Nahrung am Abend, nach einem arbeitsreichen Tag, ein. Ich erzählte einem Mönch, dass wir wieder aufbrechen würden und machte ihnen das Angebot, dass ich mich gerne noch etwas über das Dharma mit ihnen unterhalten würde, wenn es der Abt erlaube. Sein Gesichtsausdruck sagte mir, dass sie nicht kommen werden, und so drehte ich mich um und machte mich auf den Weg zurück in unsere Unterkunft. Nach ein paar Meter kam ich an den Baum des Affen und warf ihm einen Blick zu. Irgend etwas war anders. Nach einer Sekunde steckte er mir den Arm entgegen und blickte dabei seitlich auf den Boden. Ich näherte mich und er fasste meine Hand, drückte sich an sie und biß sanft in die Krümmung zwischen Daumen und Zeigefinger. Dabei blickte er mir in die Augen. Es war ein berührender Moment. Mit meiner linken Hand streichelte ich ihn und öffnete seine Kette.
Als er merkte, daß er nicht mehr gefesselt war, setzte er sofort an wegzulaufen. Er blieb jedoch zwischen mir und dem Mönch stehen und sah in die Ferne. Der Mönch reichte ihm Essen entgegen, aber er schenkte ihm nur einen kurzen Blick. Ich freute mich und drehte mich um um weiter zu gehen. Nach ein paar Schritten spürte ich, dass sich der Affe um meinen Fuss geklammert hatte. Ich ging weiter als wäre da nichts. Der Mönch sagte laut zu den andern: "Seht, er bedankt sich!". Er biss mir zart in die Wade und lies dann von meinem Fuss los. Zwei Schritte später drehte ich mich noch kurz um. Der Affe sass auf dem Fusspfad blickte mir in die Augen und einen Moment später lief er davon. Mit einem Strahlen im Herzen ging ich in der Dämmerung weiter bis zu unserem Haus.

Der Affe hatte mir zwei sehr wichtige Dinge wieder verdeutlicht. Helfen ist nur dann möglich, wenn man einem vertraut. Nur wenn sich jemand vertrauensvoll an dich wendet, kannst du ihn auch erreichen, nur dann ist er offen für eine Änderung.

Die zweite Lektion hängt damit zusammen, dass er sicher wieder an der Kette endet. Jemand zuvor hat es sich zur Aufgabe gemacht ihm zu helfen und ihn zu versorgen. Dabei hat er übersehen, dass der Affe dadurch faul und ängstlich geworden ist. Auch wenn er an der Kette hängt wird er dieses Leben dem freien Leben vorziehen. Er bekommt von seinem Herren Nahrung und so wirkt es für ihn als wäre er ein Gott. Die Hilfe oder die Verpflegung, die im geboten wurde, hatte ihn abhängig gemacht, ihn wieder an die Freiheit zu gewöhnen wäre eine langwierige, vielleicht unmögliche Aufgabe. Nun kann man ihn nur mehr mit viel Geld und Arbeit einen "goldenen" Käfig bauen. Seine Freiheit ging verloren, für seine Herren wird er nun für immer ein Grund für Mitleid und Bedrückung bleiben.

Viele Arten von Hilfe, die sogenannte Entwicklungshilfe, ist nichts anderes als ein Verstricken in unser Gefängnis. Aus einem goldenen Käfig rufen wir den freien zu, es uns gleich zu machen. Wir sehen wie sie es schwer haben zu Nahrung zu kommen und verstricken sie in unser System, dass nicht real ist und dem Leiden nicht entkommt.

Der Affe ist ein wahrer Lehrer, denn er spiegelt die Quelle unseres Leidens. Es beruht nur auf unser ständiges Wollen, ein Wollen, dass seinen Ursprung in Angst und Faulheit hat. Wir haben Angst zu verhungern, Angst das wir zu wenig haben, Angst, daß wir krank werden und Angst, daß wir sterben. Wir sind zu faul achtsam zu sein, zu faul sich auf den Weg zu begeben, zu faul uns stets umzusehen. Wenn wir einfach leben, im Moment leben, gibt es keine Angst. In der Gegenwart existiert Angst nicht. Wenn wir achtsam ziehen, wird es nie an etwas fehlen. Das Universum, die Natur, manche wollen es Gott nennen, hat genug für unser aller Leben und darüber hinaus zu kommen. Lasst uns nicht vergessen, dass wir bis auf eine abhängige Ausnahme, immer alles verlieren werden. Alles ist vergänglich. Das einzige, das wir bewußt behalten ist unsere Wiedergeburt. Was wäre, wenn wir auch die verlieren und das ganz bewusst?

Nicht selbst befreit von dem was einen bindet, kommt man wieder und wieder, die vier Arten der Nahrung nicht überwunden.
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Re: Der Affe des Mönches: eine Geschichte - The monks monkey: a story
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2019, 09:11:54 AM »
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Re: Der Affe des Mönches: eine Geschichte - The monks monkey: a story
« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2019, 03:54:41 PM »
គួរតែ បាន បកប្រែ​  _/\_ _/\_ _/\_

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Re: Der Affe des Mönches: eine Geschichte - The monks monkey: a story
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2019, 08:43:34 PM »
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Namo tassa bhagavato arahato sammā-sambuddhassa

In our world there are uncountable human beings who stand up for the poor and try with their energy to reduce the suffering here. The more one familiarizes oneself with the suffering and stays attentive, the more one recognizes the interrelations and notices that much of the aid, when seeing objectively, only leads to a worsening of the situation. A few weeks ago I had a great teacher. About this teacher I would like to tell you.

The monk's monkey

It was a sunny day in a Buddhist theme park south of Phnom Penh. Like so often, I went for a walk through the domain. The young monks were once again cutting back the ever-growing green plants. After a few days of intensive attempts to persuade them that plants are beautiful as they are, and to abstain from using petrol-driven trimmers, I had given up on actively influencing them.

I was on the way to the construction site for the temple of the "teachers of Buddha" where I liked to visit Borisot, the builder. On the way there was the monastery kitchen, and nearby it a young monkey was fettered to a tree with a three meter long chain. The monkey had been given as a present to the abbot, and since then languished away inside the confines of the round path which he had trampled around the tree. The novices often spent their time playing with him and teasing him. One can say that both did not let each other off much. Sometimes one of the little monks took away a bruise from a bite, another time the monkey had a cut wound on his hand, after they had teased him with a machete and he had tried to grab it.

I always spent a few minutes on the boundary of his area. Sitting on the ground, I watched the small monkey and tried to become friends with him. Contrary to his behaviour towards the monks, however, he shyed away from coming close to me. After a while I accepted it and used to just sit there to watch him. He spent most of his time, in sun and in rain, on the chain below the tree. When a monk noticed that I sat near him, he joined and brought something to eat for the monkey.

On this day they had taken the monkey with them and chained him nearby. He was allowed to swim in the water ditches of the mango plantation, and the young monks had fun watching him dive for food. I sat down with them and talked with one of the monks. He told me about the monkey, and that he felt sorry for him, and I asked him why they would not release him then. He told that he had already been away once, but people from a far-away village had brought him back. He also said that he is owned by the abbot and that they therefore had to take very good care of him. If he was free, he would not survive. I then went off on my way.

Every time I sat near the monkey, I wished that he would come to me, then I could release him. If I tried to catch him, he would be afraid and probably bite me as well. After two months waiting for the abbot's arrival, his appearance was sobering for us. We knew now that we were not welcome anymore. On the evening of his arrival I went to the monastery kitchen. At six o'clock the monks there drank tea with milk, the only nutrition in the evening after a work-filled day. I told a monk that we would depart and made him the offer that I would like to talk about the Dhamma with them if the abbot would allow it. His facial expression told me that they would not come, and so I turned around and went on my way back to our dwelling. After a few meters I came to the monkey's tree and took a look at him. Something was different. After one second, he stretched out his arm towards me, while glancing sideways to the ground. I approached him and he grabbed me by the hand, pressed it agains his body and gently bit into the curve between thumb and index finger while looking into my eyes. It was a touching moment. With my left hand I stroked him and opened his chain.
When he realized that he was not fettered anymore, he immediately made moves to run away. But he stopped between me and the monk and looked into the distance. The monk held out food for him, but the monkey gave him no more than a short glance. I was glad and turned around to walk on. After a few steps I noticed that the monkey had clung around my foot. I walked on as if there was nothing. The monk said out loud to the others: "See, he is showing gratitude." He gently bit into my calf and then let go of my foot. After two steps I turned around again for a short moment. The monkey sat on the foot path and looked into my eyes, and one moment later, he ran away. With a beam in my heart, I walked on into the dusk and further to our house.

The monk had reaffirmed two very important things to me: Helping is only possible when someone trusts one. Only if someone trustfully approaches you is it possible to reach him, only then is he open for a change.

The second lesson is connected with the (probable) fact that he will surely end on the chain again. Someone before has made it his task to help him and provide for him. Meanwhile he has overlooked that the monkey has become lazy and fearful thereby. Even if he hangs on the chain, he will prefer this life to the free life. He receives food from him and so his master and provider appears like a god for him. The help, or the nutrition which has been offered to him, has made him dependent. To reacquaint him with freedom would be a long and perhaps impossible task. Now one can only, with a lot of money and work, build a "golden" cage for him. His freedom was lost. For his masters he will now always stay a cause for pity and dejection.

Many kinds of aid, the so-called development aid, are nothing more than an entanglement into our prison. Out of a golden cage we call out to the free that they should do it as we do. We see how they have it difficult to get their food, and we entangle them into our system which is not real and does not escape suffering.

The monkey is a true teacher, as he reflects the source of our suffering. It is only based on our perpetual wanting, a wanting which has its origin in fear and lazyness. We fear starvation, fear having too little, fear becoming ill and fear to die. We are too lazy to be mindful, too lazy to go on our way, too lazy to keep a look around. If we live simply, live in the moment, there is no fear. In the present, fear does not exist. If we walk mindfully, it will never lack anything. The universe, nature, some want to call it God, has enough for our lives and to go beyond it. Let us not forget that, safe for one dependent exception, we will always lose everything. Everything is impermanent. The only thing that we consciously keep is our rebirth. How would it be if we lost that as well, and that completely consciously?

Not freed oneself from that which binds, one appears again and again, not overcome the four kinds of nutrition.

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