(voor de (vrije) Nederlandse vertaling: klik hier)
Once there was a young warrior. Her teacher told her that she had to battle with
fear. She didn’t want to do that. It seemed too aggressive; it was scary, it seemed
unfriendly. But the teacher said she had to do it and gave instructions for the battle.
The day arrived. The student warrior stood on one side and fear stood on the other.
The warrior was feeling very small, and fear was looking big and wrathful. The young
warrior roused herself and went towards fear, prostrated three times and asked: “May
I have permission to go into battle with you?”
Fear said: “Thank you for showing me so much respect that you ask permission.”
Then the young warrior said, “How can I defeat you?”
Fear replied: “My weapons are that I talk fast and I get very close to your face.
Then you get completely unnerved, and you do whatever I say. If you don’t do what
I tell you, I have no power. You can listen to me and you can have respect for me.
You can even be convinced by me. But if you don’t do what I say, I have no power.”
In that way, the student warrior learned how to defeat fear.