Here is a fantastic Zen story aka the monk and the empty boat story — with a wonderful lesson about what makes us angry. A long time ago a young Zen monk was living in a small monastery near a forest and by a small lake. There were a few other monks living with him in the monastery. As part of the daily routine, the monks sat down in the monastery, closed their eyes and meditated in silence for hours at a time. The young monk had difficulty staying focused during his meditation practice for a variety of reasons.
Ego is the baggage of the past
If a man is crossing a river And an empty boat collides with his own skiff, Even though he be a bad-tempered man He will not become very angry. But if he sees a man in the boat, He will shout to him to steer clear. And if the shout is not heard he will shout Again, and yet again, and begin cursing — And all because there is somebody in that boat.
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Like the Taoist Farmer story , the story of the Empty Boat is often used by coaches to help their clients gain perspective. A fisherman is on the water at dusk with poor visibility. He sees a boat coming right towards him and starts getting frantic and yelling for the fisherman steering the boat to change course. We sometimes use this story to support clients in exploring emotions like anger, blame, and judgment, especially when others are involved. It can also be an invitation to maintain equanimity when mishaps occur and nobody is at fault.