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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. Not Far From Buddhahood 16 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. Stingy in Teaching 17
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. The Last Poem of Hoshin 11
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. Happy Chinaman 12 Happy Chinaman 12
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. A Buddha 13 A Buddha 13
Muddy Road 14 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. Lifting her in his arms, he carried her over the mud.
Shoan and His Mother 15 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.
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. No Loving - Kindness 6 No Loving - Kindness 6
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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. Great Waves 8
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. The Moon Cannot Be Stolen 9 The Moon Cannot Be Stolen 9
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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. A Cup of Tea 1
101 Zen Stories Gudo was the emperor's teacher of his time. Nevertheless, he used to travel alone as a wandering mendicant. Finding a Diamond on a Muddy Road 2
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. Is That So? 3
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. Obedience 4
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