A Cup of Tea

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

The Water Bearer

A water bearer had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole, which he carried across his neck. One of the...

“This is good!”

One African King had a close friend with whom he grew up. The friend had a habit of looking at every situation that ever occurred...

The Burning Hut

The only survivor of a shipwreck washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him, and every day...

The Two Wolves

An old Cherokee chief was teaching his grandson about life... “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible...

Two apples

A lovely little girl was holding two apples with both hands. Her mom came in and softly asked her little daughter with a smile:...

Everything God does is for the good!

Once Rabbi Akiva was traveling with a donkey, rooster, and lantern. He came to a village seeking lodging. No one took him in. He did not...

Secret of Happiness

A merchant sent his son to learn the Secret of Happiness from the wisest of men. The young man wandered through the desert for forty...

Donkey in the well

One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what...

I am building a temple

A traveler passed a quarry saw three men working and asked them:  “What are you doing?” “I am carring stones”,  said the first one. “I’m earning...

Entering a Flow State

Cook Ting was cutting up an ox for Lord Wen-hui. At every touch of his hand, every heave of his shoulder, every move of...

The secret of Art

Woodworker Qing carved a piece of wood and made a bell stand, and when it was finished, everyone who saw it marvelled, for it...