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    The Burden

    Two monks were returning to the monastery in the evening. It had rained and there were puddles of water on the road sides. At one place a beautiful young woman was standing unable to walk accross because of a puddle of water. The elder of the two monks went up to a her lifted her...
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    Sep 15, 2013

    Pleasure And Pain

    A man went to a Zen master and asked him how he can be free of suffering. The Zen master answered: Accept pleasure and accept pain. To be free of pain the pain has to be accepted and it is inevitable and natural, pain is pain, a simple painful fact. Suffering however, is and...
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    1 Response Oct 1, 2013

    Is That So ?

    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. This made her parents very angry. She would not...
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    Sep 15, 2013

    Right And Wrong

    When Bankei held his seclusion-weeks of meditation, pupils from many parts of Japan came to attend. During one of these gatherings a pupil was caught stealing. The matter was reported to Bankei with the request that the culprit be expelled. Bankei ignored the case. Later the...
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    Sep 15, 2013

    Heaven And Hell

    A huge, rough samurai once went to see a little monk, hoping to acquire the secrets of the universe. "Monk," he said, in a voice accustomed to instant obedience. "teach me about heaven and hell." The little monk looked up at the mighty warrior in silence. Then, after a moment...
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    Sep 28, 2013

    Nothing Exists

    Yamaoka Tesshu, as a young student of Zen, visited one master after another. He called upon Dokuon of Shokoku. Desiring to show his attainment, he said: “The mind, Buddha, and sentient beings, after all, do not exist. The true nature of phenomena is emptiness. There is no...
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