Zen. Annoucement. Zen Stories » Ancient Words of Wisdom « Deep Spirits. Not Far From Buddhahood 16. Stingy in Teaching 17. 101 Zen Stories A young physician in Tokyo named Kusuda met a college friend who had been studying Zen.
The young doctor asked him what Zen was. "I cannot tell you what it is," the friend replied, "but one thing is certain. If you understand Zen, you will not be afraid to die. " "That's fine," said Kusuda. "Go to the master Nan-in," the friend told him. So Kusuda went to call on Nan-in. When Nan-in saw Kusuda he exclaimed: "Hello, friend. This perplexed Kusuda, who replied: "We have never met before. " The Last Poem of Hoshin 11. 101 Zen Stories The Zen master Hoshin lived in China many years.
Then he returned to the northeastern part of Japan, where he taught his disciples. When he was getting very old, he told them a story he had heard in China. Happy Chinaman 12. 101 Zen Stories Anyone walking about Chinatowns in America will observe statues of a stout fellow carrying a linen sack.
Chinese merchants call him Happy Chinaman or Laughing Buddha. This Hotei lived in the T'ang dynasty. He had no desire to call himself a Zen master or to gather many disciples around him. Instead he walked the streets with a big sack into which he would put gifts of candy, fruit, or doughnuts. Whenever he met a Zen devotee he would extend his hand and say: "Give me one penny. " Once as he was about to play-work another Zen master happened along and inquired: "What is the significance of Zen? " A Buddha 13. 101 Zen Stories In Tokyo in the Meiji era there lived two prominent teachers of opposite characteristics.
One, Unsho, an instructor in Shingon, kept Buddha's precepts scrupulously. He never drank intoxicants, nor did he eat after eleven o'clock in the morning. The other teacher, Tanzan, a professor of philosophy at the Imperial University, never observed the precepts. When he felt like eating, he ate, and when he felt like sleeping in the daytime, he slept. One day Unsho visited Tanzan, who was drinking wine at the time, not even a drop of which is supposed to touch the tongue of a Buddhist.
Muddy Road 14. Shoan and His Mother 15. 101 Zen Stories Shoun became a teacher of Soto Zen.
When he was still a student his father passed away, leaving him to care for his old mother. Whenever Shoun went to a meditation hall he always took his mother with him. Since she accompanied him, when he visited monasteries he could not live with the monks. No Loving - Kindness 6. 101 Zen Stories There was an old woman in China who had supported a monk for over twenty years.
She had built a little hut for him and fed him while he was meditating. Finally she wondered just what progress he had made in all this time. To find out, she obtained the help of a girl rich in desire. "Go and embrace him," she told her, "and then ask him suddenly: 'What now? '" The girl called upon the monk and without much ado caressed him, asking him what he was going to do about it. "An old tree grows on a cold rock in winter," replied the monk somewhat poetically. The girl returned and related what he had said. "To think I fed that fellow for twenty years! " She at once went to the hut of the monk and burned it down.
Annoucement 7. Great Waves 8. 101 Zen Stories In the early days of the Meiji era there lived a well-known wrestler called O-nami, Great Waves.
O-nami was immensly strong and knew the art of wresting. The Moon Cannot Be Stolen 9. The Last Poem of Hoshin 10. A Cup of Tea 1. Finding a Diamond on a Muddy Road 2. Is That So? 3. 101 Zen Stories The Zen master Hakuin was praised by his neighbors as one living a pure life.
A beautiful Japanese girl whose parents owned a food store lived near him. Suddenly, without any warning, her parents discovered she was with child. Obedience 4. 101 Zen Stories The master Bankei's talks were attended not only by Zen students but by persons of all ranks and sects.
He never quoted sutras nor indulged in scholastic dissertations. Instead, his words were spoken directly from his heart to the hearts of his listeners. His large audiences angered a priest of the Nichiren sect because the adherents had left to hear about Zen. The self-centered Nichiren priest came to the temple, determined to debate with Bankei. "Hey, Zen teacher! " "Come up beside me and I will show you," said Bankei. Proudly the priest pushed his way through the crowd to the teacher. Bankei smiled. The priest obeyed. "No," said Bankei, "we may talk better if you are on the right side. The priest proudly stepped over to the right "You see," observed Bankei, "you are obeying me and I think you are a very gentle person. If You Love, Love Openly 5.