The Next Step – Zen Buddhist Spiritual Story by Osho

I have heard one story about Hotei, a Zen master. One day he was passing through a village. On his shoulders he always carried a very big bag full of many toys, chocolates and sweets for children.

Somebody asked him, ”Hotei, we have heard that you are just playing a role, acting. We have heard that you are a Zen master, so why do you go on wasting your time just giving toys to children?

And if you are really a Zen master then show us what Zen is.” Zen means the real spirit of religion.

Hotei dropped his bag, immediately he dropped his bag. They couldn’t follow, so they said, ”What do you mean?”

He said, ”This is all. If you drop the burden, this is all.”

They asked, ”Okay, then what is the next step?”

So he put his bag again on his shoulders and started walking.

”This is the next step. But now I am not carrying. I know now that the burden is not me. Now the whole burden has become just toys for children and they will enjoy it.”

Osho – Vedanta Seven Steps to Samadhi