Three Scholars and a Pastry Seller

Bronze Sculpture: Three Scholars (David Aronson)

Once, three scholars on the way to the civil service examination stopped to buy refreshments from a woman who sold pastries by the wayside. One man was calm and quiet, while the other two argued over literature. The woman asked where they were going. The latter two told her they were going to take the civil service examination.

She said, “You two scholars won’t pass the exam; that other man will.”

The two men swore at her and left. When the results of the examination turned out as the woman had predicted, the two scholars who had failed went back to find out how she had known they would not pass, while the third man would. They asked her if she knew physiognomy.

“No,” she said. “All I know is that when a pastry is thoroughly cooked, it sits there quietly, but before it’s finished it keeps on making noise.”

Source: Teachings of Zen

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©mhsantosa (2012)
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Comments
4 Responses to “Three Scholars and a Pastry Seller”
  1. Subhan Zein says:

    Good morale! Nice one!.🙂

    Subhan Zein

  2. Andi Arsana says:

    Thanks Hery, for this beautiful and inspiring story. It is true, indeed “tong kosong nyaring bunyinya”🙂

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