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101 Koans/Stories

wojciechwojciech I yam whatever you say I yam Veteran
edited October 26 in Buddhism Today

What a happy surprise to find these on the internet!

Are you familiar with these? What are some of your favorites?

No Water, No Moon

When the nun Chiyono studied Zen under Bukko of Engaku she was unable to attain the fruits of meditation for a long time.

At last one moonlit night she was carrying water in an old pail bound with bamboo. The bamboo broke and the bottom fell out of the pail, and at that moment Chiyono was set free!

In commemoration, she wrote a poem:

In this way and that I tried to save the old pail
Since the bamboo strip was weakening and about to break
Until at last the bottom fell out.
No more water in the pail!
No more moon in the water!

The Real Miracle

When Bankei was preaching at Ryumon temple, a Shinshu priest, who believed in salvation through the repetition of the name of the Buddha of Love, was jealous of his large audience and wanted to debate with him.

Bankei was in the midst of a talk when the priest appeared, but the fellow made such a disturbance that Bankei stopped his discourse and asked about the noise.

“The founder of our sect,” boasted the priest, “had such miraculous powers that he held a brush in his hand on one bank of the river, his attendant held up a paper on the other bank, and the teacher wrote the holy name of Amida through the air. Can you do such a wonderful thing?”

Bankei replied lightly: “Perhaps your fox can perform that trick, but that is not the manner of Zen. My miracle is that when I feel hungry I eat, and when I feel thirsty I drink.”

101zenstories.org/101-zen-stories-table-of-contents/

lobsterHozan

Comments

  • wojciechwojciech I yam whatever you say I yam Veteran

    lmao....that's a great story.

  • Preparation

    On a visit to the East Coast, Suzuki Roshi arrived at the meeting place of the Cambridge Buddhist Society to find everyone scrubbing down the interior in anticipation of his visit. They were surprised to see him, because he had written that he would arrive on the following day. He tied back the sleeves of his robe and insisted on joining the preparations "for the grand day of my arrival."

    wojciechHozan
  • wojciechwojciech I yam whatever you say I yam Veteran

    A man is riding a horse that suddenly came galloping quickly down the road. It seemed as though the man had somewhere important to go.

    Another man, who was standing alongside the road, shouted, "Where are you going?" and the man on the horse replied,

    "I don't know! Ask the horse!"

    lobsterHozanKerome
  • lobsterlobster Veteran
    edited October 27

    ... meanwhile ... whilst zenforuminternational.org has disappeared into the void, here is the story of the pussy koan
    http://sweepingzen.com/zen-women-and-the-pussy-koan/

    ... and now back to the horse ride ...

    HozanKeromewojciech
  • DhammaDragonDhammaDragon Carpe Diem switzerland Veteran

    I very much like these 22 sarcastic Zen phrases, which circulate all over the net...
    Much wisdom and truth behind the recognizable gallows zen humour <3

    1. Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not walk ahead of me, for I may not follow. Do not walk beside me either. Just pretty much leave me the hell alone.

    2. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a broken fan belt and leaky tire.

    3. It’s always darkest before dawn. So if you’re going to steal your neighbor’s newspaper, that’s the time to do it.

    4. Don’t be irreplaceable. If you can’t be replaced, you can’t be promoted.

    5. Always remember that you’re unique. Just like everyone else.

    6. Never test the depth of the water with both feet.

    7. If you think nobody cares if you’re alive, try missing a couple of car payments.

    8. Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you’re a mile away and you have their shoes.

    9. If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you.

    10. Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.

    11. If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.

    12. If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.

    13. Some days you’re the bug; some days you’re the windshield.

    14. Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.

    15. The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it back in your pocket.

    16. A closed mouth gathers no foot.

    17. Duct tape is like ‘The Force’. It has a light side and a dark side, and it holds the universe together.

    18. There are two theories to arguing with women. Neither one works.

    19. Generally speaking, you aren’t learning much when your lips are moving.

    20. Experience is something you don’t get until just after you need it.

    21. Never miss a good chance to shut up.

    22. Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.

    Hozanwojciechdhammachick
  • KeromeKerome Did I fall in the forest? Europe Veteran

    Naughty @lobster... :)

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