This is short parable of the crow and the Buddha has many good lessons for us as human beings today. In my travels, I have met many people from different countries. Many people often complain about their situation or their home. Some Americans tell me, "Oh Khenpo, the United States is very bad. I don't want to live here. I really want to move, I am not happy here." Whereas some others in places like India tell me, "Oh Rinpoche, I don't want to live in India, I want to move to the United States. I am not happy here." Individually, you should appreciate what you have: your body, your family, your house, everything. The most important thing is contentment. As I wrote in the 22nd and 23rd verses of A Dharma Gong to Wake us from Ignorance:
If I don’t have contentment, my mind will never be satisfied.
Is there so much that I need for my life, which is so short?
If I have no peace of mind, what is achieved by collecting and hoarding wealth?
The supreme wealth is contentment. The supreme happiness is in helping others.
Reflecting and realizing, this is what I have, this is good and enough for me. These teachings are very relevant and practical today.
I, Khenpo Karten Rinpoche, dictated this short story to my student Karma Choeying, through a series of audio recorded messages and conversations.