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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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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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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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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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2 Zen Monks

This version of this classic Zen story is from T. P. Kasulus’s Zen Action Zen Person (The University of Hawaii, 1981). (On Thursday evenings I lead a meditation group at a nearby prison.  Usually, after two 35-minute rounds of fomal seated zazen, which…

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Story about The Buddha and Kisagotami

This is the famous story of Kisagatomi as retold by The Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler, M.D., in The Art of Happiness (N.Y.:  Riverhead, 1998).  After this experience, Kisagotami joined the Buddha’s Sangha [community of practitioners].  

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Story about The Buddha and the farmer

This very short story of The Buddha and the farmer comes from Steve Hagen’s Buddhism Plain and Simple [N.Y.:  Broadway, 1997].  I recorded it on SpeakPipe; you may need to turn up the volume.

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