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Main : Religions & Spirituality : Buddhism & Zen

 Stories 
Bell Teacher  (by: Author Unknown)
A new student approached the Zen master and asked how he should prepare himself for his training.
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Books  (by: Author Unknown)
Once there was a well known philosopher and scholar who devoted himself to the study of Zen for many years. On the day that he finally attained enlightenment, he took all of his books out into the yard, and burned them all.
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Christian Buddha  (by: Author Unknown)
One of master Gasan's monks visited the university in Tokyo. When he returned, he asked the master if he had ever read the Christian Bible.
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Cliffhanger  (by: Author Unknown)
One day while walking through the wilderness a man stumbled upon a vicious tiger. He ran but soon came to the edge of a high cliff. Desperate to save himself, he climbed down a vine and dangled over the fatal precipice.
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Destiny  (by: Author Unknown)
During a momentous battle, a Japanese general decided to attack even though his army was greatly outnumbered. He was confident they would win, but his men were filled with doubt.
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Earthquake  (by: Author Unknown)
One day there was an earthquake that shook the entire Zen temple. Parts of it even collapsed! Many of the monks were terrified.
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Emptying Your Cup  (by: Author Unknown)
A university professor went to visit a famous Zen master. While the master quietly served tea, the professor talked about Zen. The master poured the visitor's cup to the brim, and then kept pouring. The professor watched the overflowing cup until he could no longer restrain himself.
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Enlightment  (by: Author Unknown)
Buddha reached the gate of heaven. Of course, the people there were waiting. They opened the door, they welcomed him, but he turned his back towards the door looked at the world
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Live the Moment  (by: Author Unknown)
The Zen story goes of a man who, fleeing a tiger, jumped over a cliff to escape, grabbed a vine and hung suspended from the side saw another tiger gazing hungrily up.
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Miracles  (by: Author Unknown)
And the disciple of Rinzai said, "The greatest miracle my master can do is not to do miracles."
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Books
 ++ Buddha (Penguin Lives)
 ++ Buddhism Plain and Simple
 ++ The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching

 

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