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Learning to Be Silent
The pupils of the Tendai school used to study meditation before Zen entered Japan. Four of them who were intimate friends promised one another to obs…

The Chinese Patriotism
At a bus station in Beijing, the reporter from Xinhua News Agency asked a passenger: “As a Chinese, what can you do for the motherland?”

The passenge…

Who Made Your Child
Today on the bus in Shanghai, I heard an eight-year-old boy saying to a little girl next to him: "Who said I can't predict the future? At le…

Why You Don’t See Beggars in the Morning?
“Beggars are parasites of the society.” ~ Modern Chinese Saying
In the early morning, two friends went to work in downtown Beijing. On the commute, …

The Snakes Revenge
A man by the name of of Zinfei was boating down a small creek when he saw an unusually large snake. He threw a rock at her so hard that he knocked he…

A Woman and the Bell
In the ancient monastery of Miidera there was a great bronze bell. It rang out every morning and evening, a clear, rich note, and its surface shone l…

Zen of Relativity
One day a young Buddhist on his journey home came to the banks of a wide river. Staring hopelessly at the great obstacle in front of him, he pondered…

Tenali Rama's Dream
Tenali Rama is another historic personality known for his wit and humour. He was a poet at the court of Krishnadevaraya, a 16th century monarch of th…

Muddy Road
Tanzan and Ekido were once traveling together down a muddy road. A heavy rain was still falling.

Coming around a bend, they met a lovely girl in a si…

Indian Wisdom of Relativity
Birbal was one of the navratnas (nine jewels) in Mughal Emperor Akbar’s court. These gentlemen were considered to be extraordinary intellectuals and …

The Pointer
The Zen teacher’s dog loved his evening romp with his master. The dog would bound ahead to fetch a stick, then run back, wag his tail, and wait for t…

Mongoose and Baby
One day a farmer and his wife were blessed with a son. They decided to get a mongoose as a companion for him. A few months later, the couple had to g…

The Stone Mind
Hogen, a Chinese Zen teacher, lived alone in a small temple in the country. One day four traveling monks appeared and asked if they might make a fire…

Between Two Wives
A middle-aged man had two wives, one about the same age as him and the other much younger. Since the wives quarreled a lot, the man built two houses …

Woman can Chew Wisdom Now and Then
The story of Sulasa and Sattuka is from the famous Jataka tales, a lengthy work of literature that talks about Gautama Buddha’s previous births.

Once…

Anger Management
A Zen disciple approached his teacher. “Master, I have an uncontrollable temper. Can you help me overcome it?”

“Hmmm, that’s strange. Can you show it…

The Wedding of the Mouse
Once a sage was bathing in a river when a hawk dropped a mouse it was holding in its claws right onto his hands. Afraid that the hawk would pounce on…

A Useless Life
A farmer got so old that he couldn’t work the fields anymore. So he would spend the day just sitting on the porch. His son, still working the farm, w…

A Cup of Tea
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 pour…

Wisdom of Talks and Silence
"Never start moving your own lips and teeth before the subordinates do. The longer I keep quiet, the sooner others move their lips and teeth. A…

The Wisdom of Emperor Sung
Emperor Sung knew the jaws he was passing between when he assumed the throne. When Sung fought for power, he relied on his warrior friends to take o…

How to Understand God
"By exerting his mental powers to the full, man comes to understand his own nature. When he understands his own nature, he understands God.&quo…

How to Become One with Tao
About 600 years before Jesus’ birth, a man called Lao Tzu lived in ancient China. He was a man around whom many mysteries and myths surround. But as …