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Main : Religions & Spirituality : Buddhism & Zen

 Stories 
Mu  (by: Camden Benares)
Before he became a hermit. Zarathud was a young Priest, and took great delight in making fools of his opponents, in front of his followers.
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On the Muddy Road  (by: Author Unknown)
Tanzan and Ekido were once traveling together down a muddy road. A heavy rain was falling. As they came around a bend, they met a lovely girl in a silk kimono and sash, unable to cross at an intersection.
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Prosperity  (by: Author Unknown)
A rich man asked a Zen master to write something down that could encourage the prosperity of his family for years to come. It would be something that the family could cherish for generations.
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Samurai and a Zen Master, A  (by: Author Unknown)
A samurai, a very proud warrior, came to see a Zen Master one day. The samurai was very famous, but looking at the beauty of the Master and the Grace of the moment, he suddenly felt inferior.
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Secrets of Heaven and Hell, The  (by: Fr. John W. Groff Jr.)
The old monk sat by the side of the road. With his eyes closed, his legs crossed and his hands folded in his lap, he sat. In deep meditation, he sat.
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Subhuti and the Flower Shower  (by: Author Unknown)
Subhuti was Buddha's disciple. He was able to understand the potency of emptiness, that nothing exists except in its relationship of subjectivity and objectivity. One day, in a mood of sublime emptiness, Subhuti was resting underneath a tree when flowers began to fall about him.
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Tetsugen and the Sutras  (by: Author Unknown)
Tetsugen, a devotee of Zen in Japan, decided to publish the sutras, which at that time were available only in Chinese. The books were to be printed with wood blocks in an edition ofseven thousand copies, a tremendous undertaking.
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Time to Learn  (by: Author Unknown)
A young but earnest Zen student approached his teacher, and asked the Zen Master: "If I work very hard and diligent how long will it take for me to find Zen."
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Two Words  (by: Author Unknown)
There once was a monastery that was very strict. Following a vow of silence, no one was allowed to speak at all. But there was one exception to this rule. Every ten years, the monks were permitted to speak just two words.
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 ++ Buddha (Penguin Lives)
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 ++ The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching

 

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