As seen on the March 16th Daily Zen Calendar:
A man seeking help went to see the Buddha. He told him that he was a farmer. “I like farming,” the man said, “but sometimes it doesn’t rain enough, and sometimes it rains too much. One year we nearly starved.” The Buddha listened.
“I like my wife,” the man said, “but sometimes she nags too much, then I get tired of her…..We have kids too.
Good kids, but sometimes they don’t show enough respect, and …..” the man went on like this.
After the man finished, the Buddha sat, thought, then said, “I’m sorry, I can’t help you.” “What? Why not?” said the man, astonished. The Buddha went on to explain that everyone has problems. In fact, he said, we all have eighty-three problems, and he enumerated them from birth to death, but as he talked the man grew more and more furious until he questioned the very premise of the Buddha’s teaching.
“Well,” the Buddha finally said, “I may be able to help you with the eighty-fourth problem.”
“The eighty-fourth problem? What’s that?”
“The problem of not wanting to have any problems.”
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