Drop all 'isms'
Mind of a Sage
Judging a saint
The Fake Monk
Zen Sage & Thief
Zen Master in Jail
The Game of Chess
Innocence is Divine
Knowledge is Trouble
Respond with awareness
3 set of
You are already a Buddha
Sound of one Hand Clapping
Master waits 4 right Moment
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69. Eating the Blame
Circumstances arose one day which delayed preparation of the dinner
of a Sate Zen master, Fugai, and his followers.
In haste the cook went to the garden with his curved knife and cut
off the tops of green vegetables, chopped them together, and made
soup, unaware that in his haste he had included a part of a snake in
The followers of Fugai thought they never had tasted such good soup.
But when the master himself found the snake's head in his bowl, he
summoned the cook, 'What is this?' he demanded, holding up the head
of the snake.
'Oh, thank you, master,' replied the cook, taking the morsel and
eating it quickly.’
70. The Most Valuable Thing in the World
Sozan, a Chinese Zen master, was asked by a student: 'What is the
most valuable thing in the world?'
The master replied: The head of a dead cat.’
'Why is the head of a dead cat the most valuable thing in the
world?' inquired the student. Sozan replied: ‘Because no one can
name its price.’
71. 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 observe seven days of silence.
On the first day all were silent Their meditation had begun
auspiciously, but when night came and the oil-lamps were growing dim
one of the pupils could not help exclaiming to a servant: 'Fix those
The second pupil was surprised to hear the first one talk. 'We are
not supposed to say a word,' he remarked.
'You two are stupid. Why did you talk?' asked the third.
‘I am the only one who has not talked,' muttered the fourth pupil.
72. The Blockhead Lord
Two Zen teachers Daigu and Gudo, were invited to visit a lord. Upon
arriving, Gudo said to the lord: 'You are wise by nature and have an
inborn ability to learn Zen.'
'Nonsense,' said Daigu ‘Why do you flatter this blockheads? He may
be a lord, but he doesn't know anything of Zen.' So, instead of
building a temple for Gudo the lord built it for Daigu and studied
Zen with him.