In this episode, we'll explore the journey of Zhang Wei as he finds inner peace amidst the chaos of the modern world through meditation in an ancient temple.
En: As the sun rose slowly from the eastern horizon, dyeing the sky a shade of orange, Zhang Wei sat in an ancient temple with his legs extended to his ankles, attempting meditation. He was an ordinary office worker, hoping to find inner peace in the brief moment of tranquility in the morning.
En: This was an ancient temple called Da Bei Temple, isolated in the old Beijing city area. It was an oasis in the monotonous city, and the sound of the temple bell seemed to Zhang Wei like the sound of nature. Zhang Wei, who was not tall and had a slight paunch, had an extraordinary curiosity about everything, and every corner of the temple was filled with his eagerness, whether it was the rusty-colored eaves or the stone carvings eroded by time.
En: He closed his eyes and focused his mind, trying not to be disturbed by any external noise. He attempted to keep the surface of his inner lake calm and undisturbed. However, in this moment of utmost concentration, his hand accidentally touched a long iron chain, causing a disturbance to the giant bell at the center of the temple.
En: "Woo..." Intense vibrations and piercing sounds even caused Zhang Wei to feel a slight dizziness. The sound of the enormous bell lasted for several minutes, shaking the tranquility of the entire morning.
En: All the monks were awakened by this sudden sound and rushed out of their rooms, gathering under the giant bell. They saw Zhang Wei sitting there, clearly surprised. For a moment, the entire temple fell into shock.
En: "What happened?" The abbot of the temple approached Zhang Wei. Although he appeared stern, his tone was gentle.
En: Zhang Wei quickly explained how he accidentally struck the giant bell. After hearing the explanation, the abbot did not blame him. Instead, he felt pity for him.
En: "Your mind is still too restless. Meditation requires peace and perseverance. Remember that," the abbot said earnestly, his eyes filled with compassion and wisdom.
En: Feeling enlightened, Zhang Wei realized that his anxiety and impulsiveness had brought unnecessary troubles upon himself once again. He was willing to accept the teachings and keep this lesson in mind. He felt deep guilt, but also a profound sense of relief.
En: As the sunrise climbed higher, he sat under the giant bell once more. Zhang Wei joined the monks in their morning chanting, accompanied by the warm rays of the sun. He attempted meditation once again, filled with more humility and devotion. The noisy world seemed to have been forgotten, leaving only him and his inner peace.
En: He was no longer the Zhang Wei who struck the bell; he was now the Zhang Wei who sought inner peace amidst chaos. The monks in the temple watched him silently, nodding their heads in approval, feeling comforted by his transformation.
En: This little story is about finding inner peace amidst the noisy world. It reminds us that no matter how chaotic the external environment may be, as long as our inner selves are stable enough, we can find a quiet blue sky.