The guard of a zen master in one of the most esteemed monasteries passed away. Once this happened, the zen master started looking for a replacement throughout the country, and several men applied. Once they had all gathered in the monastery, the zen master explained the following:”I am looking for a new guard. I will give all of you one test, a problem, and whoever solves it first will become the new guard”.
Having said that, the zen master dragged in a little table from an adjacent room. Onto the table, he placed a beautiful vase. “This is the problem, now solve it” he said. The applicants said, not knowing what to do. They looked at the vase, its intricate details, color scheme. They discussed where it was from, and how old it was.
Suddenly, one of the students exclaimed: “I have it”. He got up, walked towards the vase, and with one swift motion, knocked it off the table. When it hit the ground, it shattered into a million little pieces. “Excellent”, the zen master exclaimed, “with this I have found the new guard. Thank you all, and congratulations to you”. With this, the new guard was chosen.
So, now over to you: Why do you think he became the new guard?