Parables


The Outcast - Buddhist Zen Story

The Outcast

WHEN Bhagavat dwelt at Savatthi in the Jetavana, he went out with his alms-bowl to beg for food and approached the house of a Brahman priest while the fire...


The Sower - Buddhist Zen Story

The Sower

BHARADVAJA, a wealthy Brahman farmer, was celebrating his harvest-thanksgiving when the Blessed One came with his alms-bowl, begging for food. Some of the people paid him reverence, but the...


The Listless Fool - Buddhist Zen Story

The Listless Fool

THERE was a rich Brahman, well advanced in years, who, unmindful of the impermanence of earthly things and anticipating a long life, had built himself a large house. The...


Luxurious Living - Buddhist Zen Story

Luxurious Living

WHILE the Buddha was preaching his doctrine for the conversion of the world in the neighborhood of Savatthi, a man of great wealth who suffered from many ailments came...


The Giddy Fish - Buddhist Zen Story

The Giddy Fish

THERE was a bhikkhu who had great difficulty in keeping his senses and passions under control; so, resolving to leave the Order, he came to the Blessed One to...


The Lost Son - Buddhist Zen Story

The Lost Son

THERE was a householder’s son who went away into a distant country, and while the father accumulated immeasurable riches, the son became miserably poor. And the son, while searching...