Sufi Tale About The Difference Between Light And Darkness
Mar19

Sufi Tale About The Difference Between Light And Darkness

One day the sun and a cave struck up a conversation. The sun had trouble understanding what “dark” and “dank” meant and the cave didn’t quite get the hang of “light and clear” so they decided to change places. The cave went up to the sun and said, Cave: “Ah, I see, this is beyond wonderful. Now come down and see where I have been living.” The sun went down to the cave and said, Sun: “Gee, I don’t see any...

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Enlightening Story About True Manhood
Oct16

Enlightening Story About True Manhood

Once upon a time a father was very frustrated with his son because he did not seem very manly though he was already sixteen years old. The father went to see a Zen master and asked the master to help his son become a real man. The Master: “I can help you; however, you will have to leave your son at my place for three months. For the whole period, you are not allowed to come to see him. I will assure your satisfaction after...

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Two Ways Of Beating A Drum
Jul17

Two Ways Of Beating A Drum

Once upon a time there was a drummer living in a small country village. He heard there was going to be a fair in the city of Benares. So he decided to go there and earn some money by playing his drums. He took his son along to accompany him when playing music written for two sets of drums. The two drummers, father and son, went to Benares Fair. They were very successful. Everyone liked their drum playing and gave generously to them....

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Zen Tale, The New Leader Of The Monastery
Jul07

Zen Tale, The New Leader Of The Monastery

The chief monk at the monastery was looking for someone to replace him. He called the monks together and placed in front of them a water bottle. He said: Chief Monk: “Without calling this a water bottle, tell me what it is.” One monk said, First Monk: “You couldn’t call it a block of wood.” The second monk poured himself a drink. Just then the cook walked into the room and kicked the water bottle over....

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Concentration, A Zen Story
Jun10

Concentration, A Zen Story

After winning several archery contests, the young and rather boastful champion challenged a Zen master who was renowned for his skill as an archer. The young man demonstrated remarkable technical proficiency when he hit a distant bull’s eye on his first try, and then split that arrow with his second shot. Champion: “There, see if you can match that!” Undisturbed, the master did not draw his bow, but rather motioned...

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Zen Story About Obedience
May28

Zen Story About Obedience

The Story 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. The self-centered Nichiren priest came to the temple,...

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New Home Of Tree Spirits, A Buddhist Tale
May12

New Home Of Tree Spirits, A Buddhist Tale

Once upon a time, as happens to all beings, the King of the Tree Spirits died. King Sakka, ruler of the Heaven of 33, appointed a new King of the Tree Spirits. As his first official act, the new king sent out a proclamation that every tree spirit should choose a tree to live in. Likewise it was stated that every tree was to be pleased with its resident spirit. There just so happened to be a very wise tree spirit who was the leader of...

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Nigerian Folktale Why The Bat Flies By Night
May06

Nigerian Folktale Why The Bat Flies By Night

A bush rat called Oyot was a great friend of Emiong, the bat; they always fed together, but the bat was jealous of the bush rat. When the bat cooked the food it was always very good, and the bush rat said, Bush Rat: “How is it that when you make the soup it is so tasty?” Bat: “I always boil myself in the water, and my flesh is so sweet, that the soup is good.” He then told the bush rat that he would show him...

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Tibetan Folktale, The Cony Who Got Into Bad Company
Apr28

Tibetan Folktale, The Cony Who Got Into Bad Company

Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, when men and animals understood each other. In a desert place, away among the mountains, was a little hut of mud and stone, and in this little hut dwelt an old lama. There was a cony by the name of Susha and a rat by the name of Mukjong. These two were great friends and cronies, and both pretended to be friends with the old lama, but at night when he was asleep for a little while, they would...

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The Father, His Three Sons, And The Sticks Fable
Apr25

The Father, His Three Sons, And The Sticks Fable

There was once a man whose three sons were always fighting with each other. This made the man sad because he wanted his sons to get along. So, in order to teach the boys about the power of unity, he commanded them to bring him a dozen slender sticks of wood, each about as thick as a pencil. The father then addressed his eldest son: Father: “Son, I want you to take one of these sticks and break it.” The son did as his...

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