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Ryokan, 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 to steal.
Ryokan returned and caught him. "You have come a long way to visit me," he told the prowler, "and you should not return empty-handed. Please take my clothes as a gift."
The thief was bewildered. He took the clothes and slunk away.
Ryoken sat naked, watching the moon. "Poor fellow," he mused, "I wish I could have given him this beautiful moon."
The Zen master Hakuin was praised by his neighbours 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 angry. She would not confess who the man was, but after much harassment at last named Hakuin.
In great anger the parent went to the master. "Is that so?" was all he would say.
After the child was born it was brought to Hakuin. By this time he had lost his reputation, which did not trouble him, but he took very good care of the child. He obtained milk from his neighbours and everything else he needed.
A year later the girl-mother could stand it no longer. She told her parents the truth - the real father of the child was a young man who worked in the fishmarket.
The mother and father of the girl at once went to Hakuin to ask forgiveness, to apologize at length, and to get the child back.
Hakuin was willing. In yielding the child, all he said was: "Is that so?"
Originally posted by pai mei
Some Zen stories.This kind of stories should be taught in schools, they are more useful than whatever stories about how to "be successful" they teach now. In my view schools only enforce the worker-consumer mindset, useful to the corporations and the way they want people to think about the world
[edit on 10-3-2007 by pai mei]
Originally posted by pai mei
ries.This kind of stories should be taught in schools, they are more useful than whatever stories about how to "be successful" they teach now.
schools only enforce the worker-consumer mindset, useful to the corporations and the way they want people to think about the world
Originally posted by Selmer2
In high school Zen stories would be very good. Not Zen practice, that is for whoever wants it personally, but these stories are good to know.
Imagine a world where everybody lives the Zen way
Originally posted by Lexion
My dad read me Dr. Doolittle, before I could read.
I still have and cherish the same book he read from.
Selmer2, is this what you are asking ?
I think Zen teaching requires a Zen master.