A Buddhist Fable about Anxiety

This is a Buddhist fable about anxiety that tells us about the nature of anguish. This is born when we let ourselves be invaded by the desire to achieve something, or to obtain something. Wanting more than we need, makes us frantic.


This Buddhist fable about anxiety moves us to a distant place where lived a very rich man, the same one who had a special devotion to beauty. His house was especially beautiful: it had been built following his instructions. Everything around him had value, but still our protagonist did not stop feeling a void that he did not know what to fill.

After much thought, he looked out the window of his room and saw that his land reached beyond the last place he could reach with his sight. However, he noticed that there was no color in that extension. Thus, he came to the conclusion that what he needed was a garden. The flowers would fill those fields with aroma and, of course, they would become polychromatic. Yes, that was what I needed.

He ordered that the best gardener be hired, regardless of his fees. After a careful search, who showed greater knowledge and mastery with the plants was a humble man, who also lacked wisdom. Says this Buddhist fable about anxiety that, without hesitation, hired him. I wanted to have the most beautiful garden in the world.

“Anxiety with fear and fear with anxiety contribute to rob the human being of its most essential qualities. One of them is reflection.”

-Konrad Lorenz-

A beautiful garden and a strange event

The gardener started working in that beautiful garden dreamed. According to this Buddhist story about anxiety, in a short time the fruit of his effort began to come true. In a couple of months, the vast fields were filled with beautiful flowers. There were roses, chrysanthemums, carnations, tulips: everything as a whole made a spectacular atmosphere.

The ideology of that garden was very happy. However, a strange strange phenomenon began to happen. Some areas of the beautiful garden were mistreated. As if something or someone had walked on them. The flowers were also nibbled, as were the fruits of the cherry tree.

The owner of the garden was alarmed. It could not be that after so much effort, someone ruined it. That’s why he called the gardener and entrusted him with the task of discovering what was happening and taking charge of the matter.

An unexpected visitor

The gardener carefully observed the plants that were damaged. What was happening happened at night. So he decided to hide in a corner and observe. He waited a long time, but nothing happened. Finally, after midnight, he saw a deer that approached stealthily. Crushed several flowers in its path, to get to where the cherries were. He also nibbled some flowers.

Seeing this, the gardener jumped to catch the deer, but this animal was very agile and in a couple of seconds was far from his reach. Several days went by without any flaws appearing again; however, this truce did not last long. The gardener thought it would be very difficult to catch the deer. He was cautious, shy and too agile. The only way to defeat him would be to betray his nature.

It tells the Buddhist fable about anxiety that the gardener hatched a plan. The only way to make the deer betray his nature would be unleashing his desire and then his greed.

The moral of the Buddhist fable about anxiety

The gardener began to leave small delights for the deer to feed. As if it were something casual, he left small treats hidden among the grass, so that the deer would stop to taste those delicacies. The next day, the gardener left even more temptations for the deer. However, what definitely made the difference was honey.

The deer loved honey. The gardener noticed and began to leave small pieces of biscuits with honey on one side and the other. The deer little by little began to get frantic. He was already seen entering the garden as soon as the sun was hidden. He could not wait to eat all the succulent delicacies he found there. It reached a point where it even started to go in broad daylight. He could not contain himself.

It tells the Buddhist fable about anxiety that at that point, the gardener knew he had already won. For that reason, one morning he left a large amount of honey cookies that were organized as if they formed a path. The deer arrived and began to eat them.

The gardener told everything to the wealthy man, who was surprised by the wisdom of the good man. They commented that even the most reserved nature is transformed when the desire happens to direct it, especially if this desire is nourished.