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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87. Three Kinds of
A Zen master named Gettan lived in the latter part of the Tokugawa
era. He used to say: ' There are three kinds of disciples: those who
impart Zen to others, those who maintain the temples and shrines,
and then there are the rice bags and the clothes-hangers.'
Gasan expressed the same idea. When he was studying under Tekisui,
his teacher was very severe. Sometimes he even beat him. Other
pupils would not stand this kind of teaching and quit.
Gasan remained saying: 'A poor disciple utilizes a teacher's
influence. A fair disciple admires a teacher's kindness. A good
disciple grows strong under a teacher's discipline.'
88. How to Write a Chinese Poem
A well-known Japanese poet was asked how to compose a Chinese poem.
The usual Chinese poem is four lines,' he explained. The first line
contains the initial phrase; the second line, the continuation of
that phase; the third line turns
from this subject and begins a new one; and the fourth line brings
the first three lines together.
A popular Japanese song illustrates this:
‘Two daughters of a silk merchant live in Kyoto,
The elder is twenty, the younger, eighteen.
A soldier may kill with his sword,
But these girls slay men with their eyes.'
89. Zen Dialogue
Zen teachers train their young pupils to express themselves. Two Zen
temples; each had a child protégé. One child going to obtain
vegetables each morning would meet the other on the way.
'Where are you going?' asked the one.
'I am going wherever my feet go.' the other responded.
This reply puzzled the first child who went to his teacher for help.
‘Tomorrow morning,' the teacher told him, 'when you meet that little
fellow, ask him the same question. He will give you the same answer,
and then you ask him: "Suppose have no feet, then where are you
going!" That will fix him.'
The children met again the following morning. 'Where are you going?'
asked the first child. ‘I am going wherever the wind blows,'
answered the other.
This again nonplussed the youngster, who took his defeat to his
'Ask him where he is going if there is no wind,' suggested the
The next day the children met a third time.
'Where are you going?' asked the first child.
‘I am going to market to buy vegetables,' the other replied.