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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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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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Old Monk’s Awakening story

This classic story comes from Jack Kornfield’s A Path With Heart (N.Y.:  Bantam, 1993).  

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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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Last Day of Giveaway

This is the last day of giveaway for the 2nd edition of my ebook The Three Things the Rest of Us Should Know about Zen Training. If you (or someone you know who might enjoy it) haven’t yet downloaded your free…

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Another Bonus Book

The title ‘Another Bonus Book’ means that I have, if you act before Saturday evening, another no-cost book for you to download. It’s The Three Things the Rest of Us Should Know about Zen Training (2nd ed).  It’s the second…

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A Favor

I would appreciate it if you’d help me out by doing me a favor. It’s very quick and simple. My hope is that you’ll benefit from it also. 1. Click here. [If the link doesn’t work, please just go to the…

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zen student practicing

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