Do you know any good zen story?

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Thu Apr 03, 2008 8:17 pm Post

I'm fascinated with Zen stories. Do you have a good Zen story to share?
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Thu Apr 03, 2008 9:09 pm Post

Anything by Dr. Suess (Spelling?)
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Thu Apr 03, 2008 9:32 pm Post

A young warrior was travelling around when one day he came upon a village. As he entered this village, he noticed lots of targets painted on the walls, and arrows right in the center of every single one of them. Not a single arrow was remotely off center and this led him to deduce that there must be a Master Archer in the village.

He asked around and soon learned where to find the Master archer.

When he found him, he said to him "Master Archer, how is it that your aim is so perfect; show me how you do it!"

The Archer, without saying a word handed the young Warrior paint, a brush, a bow and an arrow. The Warrior dutifully picked up the brush, painted a target onto a nearby wall, aimed and fired; his arrow falling slightly off the mark.

Frustrated, the young warrior asked again "Master Archer, my aim is not as true as yours, show me your secret"

So the archer picked another bit of wall, aimed an arrow, fired it off and then picked up the brush and the paint, and drew the target around where his arrow had landed.
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Thu Apr 03, 2008 11:56 pm Post

that`s not Zen, y` pillock that`s smartarsery...tch!...tch!
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Fri Apr 04, 2008 12:55 am Post

My favorite: Two young zen monks are walking from one village to another. Along the way, they come across a beautiful girl in very fine silk clothing standing before a large stretch of muddy road. One of the monks bows gently before the girl, picks her up and carries her across the mud so she will not soil her fine clothes.
His friend contains his shock for several miles, but finally bursts out, "How could you do that! You know the master says we must have absolutely no contact with any female!"
Reply: "Oh? I'm sorry, are you still carrying the girl? I put her down long ago."

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Fri Apr 04, 2008 5:37 pm Post

Sebbi wrote:So the archer picked another bit of wall, aimed an arrow, fired it off and then picked up the brush and the paint, and drew the target around where his arrow had landed.


Thanks Sebbi :D , this is a good story. A true zen master will take any event that has happened (any arrow) and accept it as the best event (paint the target around it). It reminds me of a zen monk who was walking one day in the market and overheard a talk between a butcher and a custumer.
" Give me your best meat", said the customer. "All my meat is best. I do not have any meat that is not the best", answered the butcher. Upon hearing this the monk was enlightened.
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Fri Apr 04, 2008 5:40 pm Post

One day the Master announced that a young monk had reached an advanced state of enlightenment. The news caused some stir. Some of the monks went to see the young monk. "We heard you are enlightened. Is that true?" they asked."It is," he replied. "And how do you feel?" "As miserable as ever," said the monk.

My own interpretation of this is that our thoughts and our feelings have nothing to do with enlightenment. They are just noise and a true zen master is indifferent to them.
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Fri Apr 04, 2008 6:45 pm Post

The monk and his student are walking in a garden one evening.
They reach a pond, where the moon is reflected.
"Ah," says the monk.
Here it comes, the student thinks. 8)
"The reflection of the moon in the water. Is it the moon? Or is it the water?"
The student beams.
"Neither, Sir."
The monk stares at his student.
"It is the-moon-in-the-water."
Monk foresees his imminent retirement.

Moral: never succumb to either-or choices. Experience is holistic.
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Fri Apr 04, 2008 6:49 pm Post

Whenever anyone asked him about Zen, the great master Gutei would quietly raise one finger into the air. A boy in the village began to imitate this behavior. Whenever he heard people talking about Gutei's teachings, he would interrupt the discussion and raise his finger. Gutei heard about the boy's mischief. When he saw him in the street, he seized him and cut off his finger. The boy cried and began to run off, but Gutei called out to him. When the boy turned to look, Gutei raised his finger into the air. At that moment the boy became enlightened.

This one eludes me. I'm sure it has to do with awareness and going beyond thoughts, but I can't put my finger on it. :roll:
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Fri Apr 04, 2008 7:44 pm Post

druid wrote:Moral: never succumb to either-or choices. Experience is holistic.
Except in Portland and Stockpond, UK.


The Master, Confusion, he say pfferrrtt!! :evil:

bobueland wrote:This one eludes me. I'm sure it has to do with awareness and going beyond thoughts, but I can't put my finger on it.


The other fellah, Confucius, he say, " This guy Bob`s a bit too clever for me! :shock:
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Sat Apr 05, 2008 12:44 am Post

Zen story?

Yes:

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Sat Apr 05, 2008 1:52 am Post

bobueland wrote: When he saw him in the street, he seized him and cut off his finger. The boy cried and began to run off, but Gutei called out to him. When the boy turned to look, Gutei raised his finger into the air. At that moment the boy became enlightened.


I think the moral here is: Never mess with the Master Beta. :oops:

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Sat Apr 05, 2008 3:05 am Post

michaelbywater wrote:Zen story? Yes:

:) Years ago, when writing on a daily paper, I did a feature on a zen center. It was slated to run as a section front, and I wanted to have two columns of white. Then, of course, a note "continued on page 6" with another white column.

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Sat Apr 05, 2008 1:29 pm Post

vic-k wrote:that`s not Zen, y` pillock that`s smartarsery...tch!...tch!


Au contrere mon Amie.
Our Buddha nature is not separate from who we already are.
That is why in conversation with his mother Siddhartha didn't prescribe meditation, but any practice that engenders compassion and equanimity.
Upon being enlightened he did not say "I am enlightened, and you are not"; he said "I am enlightened with all beings"
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Sat Apr 05, 2008 1:34 pm Post

Two monks, walking along a road, see a cow grazing in a field.

Monk 1: "That cow is happy"

Monk 2: "You are not the cow. How do you know she's happy?"

Monk 1: "You are not me. How do you know I don't know she's happy?"

Monk 2: "You are not me. How do you know I don't know whether you know?"

Thus begins an infinite regression into chaos.

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