Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Zen of Healing


THE TWO ELDER BROTHERS


These paragraphs are excerpted from Thomas Cleary's introduction to The Art of War, one of the oldest books in the world. The title really should be, The Art of Preventing War. The story begins ...


According to an old story, a lord of ancient China once asked his physician, a member of a family of healers, which of them was the most skilled in the art.


The physician whose reputation was such that his name became synonymous with medical science in China, replied, "My eldest brother sees the spirit of sickness and removes it before it takes shape, so his name does not get out of the house.


"My elder brother cures sickness when it is still extremely minute, so his name does not get out of the neighborhood.


"As for me, I puncture veins, prescribe potions, and massage skin, so from time to time my name gets out and is heard among the lords."

1 comment:

Moreen Murray said...

I love those Japanese sand gardens...