Parables


The Sick Bhikkhu - Buddhist Zen Story

The Sick Bhikkhu

AN old bhikkhu of a surly disposition was afflicted with a loathsome disease the sight and smell of which was so nauseating that no one would come near him...


Walking On Water - Buddhist Zen Story

Walking On Water

SOUTH of Savatthi is a great river, on the banks of which lay a hamlet of five hundred houses. Thinking of the salvation of the people, the World-honored One...


The Despot Cured - Buddhist Zen Story

The Despot Cured

KING BRAHMADATTA happened to see a beautiful woman, the wife of a Brahman merchant and, conceiving a passion for her ordered a precious jewel secretly to be dropped into...


The Hungry Dog - Buddhist Zen Story

The Hungry Dog

THERE was a great king who oppressed his people and was hated by his subjects; yet when the Tathagatha came into his kingdom, the king desired much to see...


The Peacemaker - Buddhist Zen Story

The Peacemaker

IT is reported that two kingdoms were on the verge of war for the possession of a certain embankment which was disputed by them. And the Buddha seeing the...