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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.


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.


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.


Happy Chinaman. Zen Koans

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Anyone walking about Chinatowns in America with observe statues of a stout fellow carrying a linen sack. Chinese merchants call him Happy Chinaman or Laughing Buddha.


If You Love, Love Openly. Zen Koans

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Twenty monks and one nun, who was named Eshun, were practicing meditation with a certain Zen master.



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