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Rumi and the Trapped Bird story

Rumi’s story of the trapped bird comes from Jack Kornfield’s A Path With Heart (N.Y.:  Bantam, 1993). Kornfield also quotes Ray Bradbury in this context:  “The first thing you learn in life is you’re a fool.  The last thing you learn is…

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Nisargadatta Visitor story

This short, encouraging story is one that Jack Kornfield tells about his teacher (from A Path With Heart [N.Y.:  Bantam, 1993).   Need some help?  Check out ConsultingPhilosopher.com

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Retirement of Hyakujo story

This translation of this story, which is well-known in Zen circles, is from Paul Reps and Nyogin Senzaki’s Zen Flesh, Zen Bones (Boston:  Shambhala, 1994).  

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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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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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