A father was worried about his son, who was sixteen years old but had nocourage at all. So the father decided to call on a Buddhist monk to train hisboy.
The Buddhist monk said to the boy’s father, “You should leave your son alonehere. I’ll make him into a real man within three months. However, you can’tcome to see him during this period. ”
Three months later, the boy’s father returned. The Buddhist monk arranged aboxing match between the boy and an experienced boxer. Each time the fighterstruck the boy, he fell down, but at once the boy stood up; and each time apunch knocked him down, the boy stood up again. Several times later, theBuddhist monk asked, “What do you think of your child?”
“What a shame!” the boy’s father said. “I never thought he would be soeasily knocked down. I needn’t have him left here any longer.”
“I’m sorry that that’s all you see. Don’t you see that each time he fallsdown; he stands up again instead of crying? That’s the kind of courage youwanted him to have.”