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Man and 2 Tigers story

This version of the Buddha’s well-known story, which has been retold by Tolstoy among others, comes from Paul Reps and Nyogen Senzaki, ed., Zen Flesh, Zen Bones (Boston:  Shambhala, 1994).  Presumably, the circling mice represent alternating day and night. Are you enjoying your…

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Ikkyu and the True Path

This brief story about Ikkyu and the true path is from Paul Reps and Nyogen Senzaki, eds., Zen Flesh, Zen Bones (Boston:  Shambhala, 1994).

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Abandoning Words

Zhangjing Huaiyun (756-815) gave this brief talk on the essence of Zen.  It’s from Andrew Ferguson’s Zen’s Chinese Heritage (Boston:  Wisdom, 2000).    He was a disciple and later Dharma heir of Mazu.  At the emperor’s request, he eventually resided in the capital…

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Five Hindrances

According to the Buddha, there are five hindrances to living well that should be abandoned.  The following is from Bhikkhu Nanamoli and Bhikkhu Bodhi, eds., The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha:  A Translation of the Majjhima Nikaya (Boston:  Wisdom, 1995).  The…

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Mingshao Died

This story of how Mingshao died is from Andrew Ferguson, ed., Zen’s Chinese Heritage (Boston:  Wisdom, 2000).  Mingshao Deqian lived in what is now the city of Jinhua in Zhejiang Province where he taught for 40 years.  He had a formidable reputation as being…

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Nasruddin and the Lost Key

Here’s another brief, enjoyable, and all-too-human story about Mullah Nasruddin, the Sufi fool/sage.  It’s from Thoughts Without a Thinker by Mark Epstein, M.D. (N.Y.:  Basic, 1995).

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Ryokan and the Thief

This story comes from Paul Reps and Nyogen Senzaki, eds., Zen Flesh, Zen Bones (Boston:  Shambhala, 1994). The moon cannot be stolen.

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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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