Long ago in Japan, a devotee of zen decided to publish the sutras (scriptures), which at the time were only available in Chinese. The books were to be printed with wood blocks in an edition of seven thousand copies, a tremendous task. So he began by traveling and collecting donations for this purpose, from timeContinue reading “A Zen Story : Publishing the Sutras (scriptures)”
Two monks were once traveling together into town. They went through a shortcut passing through the woods. Half way through their travels, they were met with a river cutting across their path. As they prepare to cross the river, they noticed a young and beautiful woman in a fine dress along the side of theContinue reading “A Zen Story: Crossing the River”
There was once a skilled Samurai who was on his journey. He had reached a certain level of mastery that he began experiencing a deeper dimension in life through his practice. Puzzled by his thoughts, he visited a zen master. He asked, “Is there really heaven and hell?”. “Who are you?” inquired the zen master.Continue reading “A zen story: “The Gates of Heaven””
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