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Bankei’s Miracle story

Bankei’s miracle is the real miracle.  This translation of this story is from Paul Reps and Nyogen Senzaki’s Zen Flesh, Zen Bones (Boston:  Shambhala, 1994). Are your acts contaminated by unnecessary thoughts?

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Empty the Ocean Story

The empty the ocean story comes from Kusan Sunim’s The Way of Korean Zen (Boston:  Weatherhill, 2009).

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Circus Act story

This important story about a father/daughter circus act comes from Thich Nhat Hanh’s Being Peace [Berkeley, CA:  Parallax, 1987].

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Human Vortex: What is Human Being?

We are vortices.  To be a human being is to be a human vortex. From ultra-large black holes to the water swirling down a sink drain, vortices are common.  They are composed of a still center around which stuff swirls….

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Sono Story

This supposedly true Japanese story is told by Stephen Mitchell:  

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The Buddha Store Story

This excellent story is from Ezra Bayda’s Beyond Happiness:  The Zen Way to True Contentment (Boston:  Shambhala, 2011).  

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Arrowsmith Parable from The Buddha

This simile from The Buddha comes from “The Division at Davadaha” translated by Bhikkhu Nanamoli and revised and edited by Bhikkhu Bodhi in The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha:  A Translation of the Majjhima Nikaya (Boston:  Wisdom, 1995). [A bhikkhu (pl. bhikkhus) is a…

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Poisoned Arrow Parable from The Buddha

The Buddha’s parable of the man who had been wounded by a poisoned arrow may be his best-known story.  This translation of “The Shorter Discourse to Malunkyaputta” comes from The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha:  A Translation of the Majjhima…

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Hidden Jewel Story

This translation of this well-known story is from The Lotus Sutra, Burton Watson, tr. (N.Y.:  Columbia University Press, 1993).  Enjoy!   Commentary Do you think or believe that you have a priceless jewel hidden inside you?  Even if you do, that…

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Blind Men and Elephant story

This version of this famous story comes from In the Buddha’s Words:  An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon, Bhikkhu Bodhi, ed. (Boston:  Wisdom, 2005). Commentary Though the Buddha’s story was about other sects, his point is a general one. …

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