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 seemed to...

Parable of Heaven and Hell

A holy man was having a conversation with the Lord one day and said: "Lord, I would like to know what Heaven and Hell are...

“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...

In the same boat

The parable of the unity of fate Two people were out on the ocean in a boat. One of them began drilling in the bottom of...

Two apples

Do not rush to judge A lovely little girl was holding two apples with both hands. Her mom came in and softlyasked her little daughter...

Be alive! A zen parable

It is enough just to be alive One morning Master Lin-chi was in the temple. Soon a young man came in and sat nearby with...

Socratic triple filter

Truth, Goodness and Usefulness In ancient Greece, Socrates was held in high esteem for his wisdom and teaching others how to live a good life....

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 visitor’s...

Donkey in the well

Never giving up! One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out...

Happiness is a choice

A simple choice One man was happy all his life. He smiled and laughed all the time, no one ever saw him sad. On occasion,...

The Two Wolves

Life lesson by old Cherokee chief An old Cherokee chief was teaching his grandson about life... “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to...

Rejoice always! – a Zen Parable

The beauty of Orchids One Chan master loved orchids, and planted all sorts of different orchids. When his time was not occupied by giving Buddhist talks,...