A Cup Of Tea [A Zen Tale]

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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. Nan-in served the tea. He poured his visitor’s cup full, and then kept on pouring. The […]

Ritual Cat [A Zen Tale]

When the abbot and his disciples practised their evening meditation, a cat who lived in the monastery made so much noise that it distracted them. So one day the abbot ordered that the cat be […]

Crossing The River [A Zen Tale]

Two monks were on a pilgrimage. One day, they came to a deep river.

Who Knows? [A Zen Tale]

There once was an old farmer who worked in the fields growing crops. One day, his only horse ran away. Soon after, neighbours from the village visited and offered their sympathies “What a shame, now […]