The Silent Temple

The Silent Temple

This entry is part 1 of 101 in the series Zen TalesThis entry is part 1 of 101 in the series Zen Tales Shoichi was a one-eyed teacher of Zen, sparkling with enlightenment. He taught his disciples in Tofuku temple. Day and night the whole temple stood in silence. There...
Buddha’s Zen

Buddha’s Zen

This entry is part 2 of 101 in the series Zen TalesThis entry is part 2 of 101 in the series Zen Tales Buddha said: “I consider the positions of kings and rulers as that of dust motes. I observe treasures of gold and gems as so many bricks and pebbles....
A Letter to a Dying Man

A Letter to a Dying Man

This entry is part 3 of 101 in the series Zen TalesThis entry is part 3 of 101 in the series Zen Tales Bassui wrote the following letter to one of his disciples who was about to die: “The essence of your mind is not born, so it will never die....
Midnight Excursion

Midnight Excursion

This entry is part 4 of 101 in the series Zen TalesThis entry is part 4 of 101 in the series Zen Tales Many pupils were studying meditation under the Zen master Sengai. One of them used to arise at night, climb over the temple wall, and go to town on...
The Taste of Banzo’s Sword

The Taste of Banzo’s Sword

This entry is part 5 of 101 in the series Zen TalesThis entry is part 5 of 101 in the series Zen Tales Matajuro Yagyu was the son of a famous swordsman. His father, believing that his son’s work was too mediocre to anticipate mastership, disowned him. So...
Tosui’s Vinegar

Tosui’s Vinegar

This entry is part 6 of 101 in the series Zen TalesThis entry is part 6 of 101 in the series Zen Tales Tosui was the Zen master who left the formalism of temples to live under a bridge with beggars. When he was getting very old, a friend helped him...

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