Once there was a wise old man who could answer any question anyone asked him.
Two young men decided to trick him.
"We're going to fool that old man. We'll catch a bird and go to the old man and say, "This that we hold in our hands today, is it alive or is it dead?"
"If he says 'Dead', we'll turn it loose and let it fly, and if he says 'Alive', we'll crush it."
So they caught a bird and carried it to the old man.
"This that we hold in our hands today, is it alive or is it dead?" they asked The old man looked at the men, smiled and replied: "It's in your hands.”
- Wisdom needs a calm, clear mind ... a mind that is alert, mindful of all phenomena and data around.
- Wise thinking requires the ability to think 'out of the box', to be free from habitual and conditioned thinking based on untested assumptions.
- Training the mind in "Right Mindfulness" can develop clear comprehension and wisdom.