The Running Buddha App (or, what is the sound of enough?)

This was no simple run over the red roof inn…

Friday Fictioneers – Rochelle Wisoff-Fields posts a pic each week to write a 100 word story about.

This week it’s: Enlightenment Time

Copyright – Kelly Sands

Copyright – Kelly Sands

The Running Buddha App
(or, what is the sound of enough?)

Huff. Puff.

Bud, why are we still running? Frank asked.
Keep leaping, Grasshopper.
But Bud, I’m tired. I feel heavy like those oppressive clouds
Novice, do not watch the sky
Then what? Focus on these roofs we’re running over?
Yes, focus on the roofs. They are like skis under our feet.
Bud, why are they all red?
Too many questions, Grasshopper. Questions make you tired, not the running.
I’m stopping now.
No. See those trees. We’ll stop there.

Too late, Frank had closed the app. The screen was blank.
Bud was gone.*

Randy Mazie
(Thought: Was this Bud for you?)


*The Master’s Teaching
The illustrious Chan Adept Mazu (Ma-tsu, 709-88) in his youth is said to have asked his master Nanyue (677-744), “What great spiritual truth do you teach?” Nanyue raised his fan. Mazu remarked, “Is that all? Nothing else?” Master Nanyue then lowered his fan.
        -from website


30 thoughts on “The Running Buddha App (or, what is the sound of enough?)

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  2. Very fun take on the prompt! I loved “questions make you tired, not the running”. Sounds like something I should remember and quote at someone at an opportune moment.

  3. Most creative take on the prompt, Randy. I liked how you incorporated technology and the red roofs. Nicely done! We don’t ask questions, we just keep moving along.

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