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Chapter 1: The Eightfold Way

The boy had been brought into court again charged with stealing auto hubcaps. The magistrate determined to appeal to his father: “See here,” said the judge. “This boy of yours has been in this court many times charged with theft, and I am tired of seeing him here.”

“I don’t blame you, Judge,” said the father. “And I am just as tired of seeing him here as you are.”

“Then why don’t you teach him how to act? Show him the right way and he will not be coming here.”

“I have already shown him the right way,” said the father, “but he just does not seem to have any talent for learning. He always gets caught!”

Now, the right way is different for the judge and for the father. The father himself is a thief. He also wants the boy to learn the right way so that he is never caught again. But his right way is his right way.

For a holiday, Mullevy decided to go to Switzerland to fulfill a life-long dream and climb the Matterhorn. He hired a guide, and just as they neared the top the men were caught in a snowslide.

Three hours later a Saint Bernard plowed through to them, a keg of brandy tied under his chin.

“Hooray!” shouted the guide. “Here comes man’s best friend.”

“Ah,” said Mullevy. “And look at the size of the dog that is bringing it!”

Now, for one the dog is the greatest friend of humanity, for the other it is the bottle that he is bringing.

“Ah,” said Mullevy. “And look at the size of the dog that is bringing it!”

It depends on how you look at things. You can look at the same thing, and you may not be seeing the same thing. If you are listening to me in trust, you listen differently. If you are listening to me with disbelief, you listen to me differently. If you are listening as a disciple, you listen differently. If you are listening just as an outsider, a visitor - just by the way.you have come with a friend - you listen differently. What I say is the same, but how you interpret it will depend on you. Right listening will be that you listen as nobody: neither for nor against, with no prejudice - just listening. If you can see things without any idea in the mind, then Buddha says it is right view.

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