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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:


A Smile in His Lifetime. Zen Koans

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Mokugen was never known to smile until his last day on earth. When his time came to pass away he said to his faithful ones: "You have studied under me for more than ten years. Show me your real interpretation of Zen. Whoever expresses this most clearly shall be my successor and receive my robe and bowl."


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.


Every-Minute Zen. Zen Koans

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Zen students are with their masters at least ten years before they presume to teach others, after all learning all one can isn't as easy as learning how to ask a girl out or how to ride ones bicycle. These are lessons that take the span of a decade to master. Nan-in was visited by Tenno, who, having passed his...


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.



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