Parables


Be The Boss - Buddhist Zen Story

Be The Boss

A horse suddenly came galloping quickly down the road. It seemed as though the man had somewhere important to go. Another man, who was standing alongside the road, shouted,...


Right And Wrong - Buddhist Zen Story

Right And Wrong

When Bankei held his seclusion-weeks of meditation, pupils from many parts of Japan came to attend. During one of these gatherings a pupil was caught stealing. The matter was...


Non-Judgment - Buddhist Zen Story

Non-Judgment

Once upon the time there was an old farmer who had worked his crops for many years. One day his horse ran away. Upon hearing the news, his neighbors...


Empty Your Cup - Buddhist Zen Story

Empty Your Cup

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 visitor’s cup full, and...


Everything Changes - Buddhist Zen Story

Everything Changes

“Suzuki Roshi, I’ve been listening to your lectures for years,” a student said during the question and answer time following a lecture, “but I just don’t understand. Could you...


Great Gift - Buddhist Zen Story

Great Gift

The Bodhisattva was once born as a king-hearted prince named Great Gift. One day, the prince went to a nearby village and saw the sufferings of his poor subjects....


Wrong Friends - Buddhist Zen Story

Wrong Friends

The Bodhisattva was once born as the leader of the iguanas and lived with his family in the forest. He had a young son who made friends with a...


Good To All - Buddhist Zen Story

Good To All

Once, the Bodhisattva was born as Brahmadatta, the king of Benaras. In the neighbouring kingdom, there ruled Mallika, another famous king. One day, both of them disguised themselves and...