Unix and Master Foo

Zen has a great influence on UNIX or maybe most UNIX professionals believe that they are part of UNIX and their work and hence Zen…
The Heart of Zen is a calm mind that is focused on the Buddha.
I am the Buddha and my life is my work.
The  Rootless Root   has some wonderful unix koans which is a must read for all professionals. These koans would help find the way. And, if we mock them you’ll will lose merit and be reborn as beasts or MCSEs

This blog has two UNIX koans I like the most.

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The grapes were delicious!

Master Bankei’s talks were attended not only by Zen students but by persons of all ranks and sects. He never quoted sutras not indulged in scholastic dissertations. Instead, his words were spoken directly from his heart to the hearts of his listeners.
His large audience angered a priest of the Nichiren sect because the adherents had left to hear about Zen. The self-centered Nichiren priest came to the temple, determined to have a debate with Bankei.
“Hey, Zen teacher!” he called out. “Wait a minute. Whoever respects you will obey what you say, but a man like myself does not respect you. Can you make me obey you?”

“Come up beside me and I will show you,” said Bankei.
Proudly the priest pushed his way through the crowd to the teacher.
Bankei smiled. “Come over to my left side.”
The priest obeyed.
“No,” said Bankei, “we may talk better if you are on the right side. Step over here.”
The priest proudly stepped over to the right.
“You see,” observed Bankei, “you are obeying me and I think you are a very gentle person. Now sit down and listen.”

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