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The Manager and the Monk: A Discourse on Prayer, Profit, and Principles by Anselm Grun, Jochen Zeitz

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CHAPTER 10

RESPONSIBILITY

With an Introduction by Jochen Zeitz

In many older cultures, a Zen master or shaman would use a puzzle or a story to help people seeking their enlightenment. Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle also used images, just like the wise masters and teachers in many Eastern cultures.

Let us imagine that we are sitting around the campfire of such a master, who asks the following riddle: “Three gardeners were tending a large garden. The first one worked all the time and didn’t leave his part of the garden until all the weeds were removed and the entire harvest was brought in. The second gardener did not work as many hours, but when the garden needed his attention because the grain was ripe or a drought threatened, he worked even harder ...

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