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Bankei and a Heckler

This brief story of Zen Master Bankei and a heckler comes from Paul Reps and Nyogen Senzaki, eds., Zen Flesh, Zen Bones (Boston:  Shambhala, 1994).

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Hakuin and the Child

This great story, which is well-known in Zen circles, is from Paul Reps and Nyogen Senzaki, eds., Zen Flesh, Zen Bones (Boston:  Shamghala, 1994). When your ego is attacked, don’t resist.

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Cup of Tea

This classic story about a cup of tea is from Paul Reps & Nyogen Senzaki, eds., Zen Flesh, Zen Bones (Boston:  Shambhala, 1994). How full are you?

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How to Cure Perplexity and Doubt

In this famous passage, The Buddha lists 10 methods that fail to cure perplexity and doubt and then states an alternative procedure.  This translation is from In the Buddha’s Words, Bhikkhu Bodhi, ed. (Boston:  Wisdom, 2005).  It’s normal to experience perplexity…

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Fever of Sensual Pleasures

This helpful analogy from The Budda comes from his conversation with Magandiya.  This translation is from In The Buddha’s Words, Bhikkua Bodhi, ed. (Boston:  Wisdom, 2005).   Commentary Not only are desires important, but also understanding them clearly is difficult.   The Buddha’s…

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Shunryu Suzukui Nearly Drowning

This true story is from David Chadwick’s Crooked Cucumber:  The Life and Zen Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki (N.Y.:  Broadway, 1999).  Like Chapin Mill is the country retreat center of the Rochester Zen Center, Tassajara is the country retreat center of the San…

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Hakuin, the Samurai, and the Gates of Paradise

This story is from Paul Reps and Nyogen Sensaki, eds., Zen Flesh, Zen Bones (Boston:  Shambhala, 1994). Heaven and hell are right here, right now.

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Tidal Wave Story

This story (and you may have heard similar ones) is from Charlotte Joko Beck’s Everyday Zen (San Francisco:  HarperSanFrancisco, 1989).

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Expectations From A Prince

  This story, which makes an important point in a humorous way, comes from Ezra Bayda’s Beyond Happiness (Boston:  Shambhala, 2011).   Commentary Expectations are useless thoughts.  Like all useless thoughts, they poison life.  If you would be wise, whenever you notice…

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Poisoned Tree Story

This traditional story is retold by Jack Kornfield in A Path With Heart (N.Y.:  Bantam, 1993).

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