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A Buddha. Zen Koans

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In Tokyo in the Meiji era there lived two prominent teachers of opposite characteristics. One, Unsho, an instructor in Shingon, kept Buddha's precepts scrupulously. He never drank intoxicants, nor did he eat after eleven o'clock in the morning. The other teacher, Tanzan, a professor of philosophy at the Imperial University, never observed the precepts. Whenever he felt like eating, he ate, and when he felt like sleeping in the daytime he slept.


A Cup of Tea. Zen Koans

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Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868-1912), received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen.


A Mother's Advice. Zen Koans

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Jiun, a Shingon master, was a well-known Sanskrit scholar of the Tokugawa era. When he was young he used to deliver lectures to his brother students.


A Parable. Zen Koans

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Buddha told a parable in sutra:


Announcement. Zen Koans

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Tanzan wrote sixty postal cards on the last day of his life, and asked an attendent to mail them. Then he passed away.


Calling Card. Zen Koans

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Keichu, the great Zen teacher of the Meiji era, was the head of Tofuku, a cathedral in Kyoto. One day the governor of Kyoto called upon him for the first time.


Eshun's Departure. Zen Koans

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When Eshun, the Zen nun, was past sixty and about to leave this world, she asked some monks to pile up wood in the yard.


Everything Is Best. Zen Koans

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When Banzan was walking through a market he overheard a conversation between a butcher and his customer.


Finding a Diamond on a Muddy Road. Zen Koans

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Gudo was the emperor's teacher of his time. Nevertheless, he used to travel alone as a wandering mendicant. Once when he was on his way to Edo, the cultural and political center of the shogunate, he approached a little village named Takenaka. It was evening and a heavy rain was falling. Gudo was thoroughly wet. His straw sandals were in pieces. At a farmhouse near the village he noticed four or five pairs of sandals in the window and decided to buy some dry ones.


Great Waves. Zen Koans

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In the early days of the Meiji era there lived a well-known wrestler called O-nami, Great Waves.



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