A provincial graduate who wished to attend the imperial examinations in the capital had three dreams.
The first was that he was planting cabbage on the top of a wall.
The second, that in the rain he was wearing both a bamboo raincoat and carrying an umbrella.
The third was that he was sleeping in the bridal chamber with the girl that he yearned after, but back-to-back.
He asked a Daoist priest to interpret the dreams for him.
The Daoist said: “Wretched graduate that you are, these three dreams of yours are really bad luck.
The cabbages on the wall are a waste of time; the umbrella and the raincoat in the rain are superfluous; and as to sleeping back-toback in the bridal chamber with the girl you love, it’s useless to think of that as a sign of a successful conclusion.
You’d best not take the imperial exams but pack your bags and go home!”
The graduate was downcast and preparedto leave.
摘自: 吴言生著《CHINESE ZEN A PATH TO PEACE AND HAPPINESS》，
TONY BLISHEN 译，Better Link 出版社，纽约 )