Drunkard Disciple – Story

A Zen master had hundreds of disciples. <>

They all prayed at the right time, except one, who was always drunk.<>

The master was growing old. <>

Some of the more virtuous pupils began to wonder who would be the new leader of the group, the one who would receive the important secrets of the Tradition.<>

On the eve of his death, however, the master called the drunkard disciple and revealed the hidden secrets to him.<>

A veritable revolt broke out among the others.<>

“How shameful!” they cried in the streets, <>

“We have sacrificed ourselves for the wrong master, one who can’t see our qualities.”<>

Hearing the commotion outside, the dying master remarked, <>

“I had to pass on these secrets to a man that I knew well.<>

All my pupils are very virtuous, and showed only their qualities.<>

That is dangerous, for virtue often serves to hide vanity, pride and intolerance. <>

That is why I chose the only disciple whom I know really well, since I can see his defect: drunkenness.”<>

Paulo Coelho<>

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