Zen. Annoucement. Zen Stories » Ancient Words of Wisdom « Deep Spirits. Not Far From Buddhahood 16. 101 Zen Stories A university student while visiting Gasan asked him: "Have you even read the Christian Bible?
" "No, read it to me," said Gasan. The student opened the Bible and read from St. Matthew: "And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow. Gasan said: "Whoever uttered those words I consider and enlightened man. " The student continued reading: "Ask and it shall be given you, seek and ye shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you. 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. 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. This is the story: One year on the twenty-fifth of December, Tokufu, who was very old, said to his disciples: "I am not going to be alive next year so you fellows should treat me well this year. " The pupils thought he was joking, but since he was a great-hearted teacher each of them in turn treated him to a feast on succeeding days of the departing year. On the eve of the new year, Tokufu concluded: "You have been good to me. The disciples laughed, thinking he was aging and talking nonsense since the night was clear and without snow. Hoshin, who related this story, told his disciples: "It is not necessary for a Zen master to predict his passing, but if he really wishes to do so, he can. " "Can you? " 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. 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. Muddy Road 14. 101 Zen Stories Tanzan and Ekido were once travelling together down a muddy road.
A heavy rain was still falling. Coming around a bend, they met a lovely girl in a silk kimono and sash, unable to cross the intersection. "Come on, girl," said Tanzan at once. 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. 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. 101 Zen Stories IRyokan, a Zen master, lived the simplest kind of life in a little hut at the foot of a mountain.
One evening a thief visited the hut only to discover there was nothing in it to steal. Ryokan returned and caught him. "You may have come a long way to visit me," he told the prowler, "and you shoud not return emptyhanded. Please take my clothes as a gift. " The thief was bewildered. Ryokan sat naked, watching the moon. The Last Poem of Hoshin 10. A Cup of Tea 1. 101 Zen Stories 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 then kept on pouring. The professor watched the overflow until he no longer could restrain himself. "It is overfull. "Like this cup," Nan-in said, "you are full of your own opinions and speculations. Finding a Diamond on a Muddy Road 2. 101 Zen Stories Gudo was the emperor's teacher of his time. Nevertheless, he used to travel alone as a wandering mendicant. Once when he was on his was to Edo, the cultural and political center of the shogunate, he approached a little village named Takenaka. 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. If You Love, Love Openly 5. 101 Zen Stories Twenty monks and one nun, who was named Eshun, were practicing meditation with a certain Zen master.
Eshun was very pretty even though her head was shaved and her dress plain.