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Caught in Past and Future.
Charcoal drawing by Mike Heseltine


The Strawberry

A Zen Buddhist Koan

A man traveling across a field encountered a tiger. He fled and the tiger chased him.

Coming to a precipice, he caught hold of the root of a wild vine and swung himself down over the edge.

The tiger sniffed at him from above. Trembling, the man looked down to where, far below, another tiger was waiting to eat him.

Only the vine sustained him.

Two mice, one white and one black, little by little started to gnaw away the vine.

The man saw a luscious strawberry near him.

Grasping the vine with one hand, he plucked the strawberry with the other.

How sweet it tasted!

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An interesting link:
Robbie Schneider Lettering Sculptor Robbie Schneider is based in Crieff, Scotland and does lettering in both stone and wood.

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