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Time To Die - Buddhist Zen Story

Time To Die

Ikkyu, the Zen master, was very clever even as a boy. His teacher had a precious teacup, a rare antique. Ikkyu happened to break...
The Other Side - Buddhist Zen Story

The Other Side

One day a young Buddhist on his journey home came to the banks of a wide river. Staring hopelessly at the great obstacle in...
The Gates Of Paradise - Buddhist Zen Story

The Gates Of Paradise

A soldier named Nobushige came to Hakuin, and asked: “Is there really a paradise and a hell?” “Who are you?” inquired Hakuin. “I am a...
A Cup Of Tea - Buddhist Zen Story

A Cup Of Tea

Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868-1912), received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen. Nan-in served tea. He poured his...
The Moon Cannot Be Stolen - Buddhist Zen Story

The Moon Cannot Be Stolen

Ryokan, a Zen master, lived the simplest kind of life in a little hut at the foot of a mountain. One evening a thief...

Working Very Hard

A martial arts student went to his teacher and said earnestly, “I am devoted to studying your martial system. How long will it take...
A Useless Life - Buddhist Zen Story

A Useless Life

A farmer got so old that he couldn’t work the fields anymore. So he would spend the day just sitting on the porch. His...
The Treasure Tower - Buddhist Zen Story

The Treasure Tower

THERE was once a tower hovering in the air, and adorned with seven treasures. Gods of heaven rained down heavenly flowers on it....
The Parable Of The Elephant - Buddhist Zen Story

The Parable Of The Elephant

THERE was a mighty white elephant with a strong trunk and long tusks, trained by a good master, and willing and serviceable. This...
The Parable Of The Wealthy Man And The Poor Son - Buddhist Zen Story

The Parable Of The Wealthy Man And The Poor Son

A POOR little boy ran away from his father when he was very young. He lived in another country for many years. He...