This wonderful story was told to me by Ven. Tashi Nyima at the Dallas Meditation Center. I copied this story from Sufi Sage Short Stories: It is so wonderful to hear “Truths” from the perspective of other faith Traditions! Enjoy!
There is a story told that once a Sufi was healing a child that was ill. He was repeating a few words, and then gave the child to the parents saying, “Now he will be well.”
Someone who was antagonistic to this said to him, “How can it be possible that by a few words spoken (prayers), anyone can be healed?”
From a mild Sufi an angry answer is never expected, but this time he turned to the man and said, “You understand nothing about it. You are a fool.”
The man was very much offended. His face was red. He was hot. The Sufi said, “when a word has the power to make you hot and angry, why should not a word have the power to heal?”
By understanding your own tradition better, you also develop increased respect, consideration, and understanding for others.
By respecting the differences in our own church
And seeing how these differences
enrich each one another.
We are more open to appreciating
the richness and diversity of other traditions.
In a true dialogue, both sides are willing to change.
We have to allow what is good, beautiful, and
meaningful in the others tradition to transform us.
Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese monk, a renowned Zen master, a poet, and a peace activist. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize by Martin Luther King, Jr., in 1967, and is the author of many books, including the best-selling "The Miracle of Mindfulness."