Carry your cross. The parable of the uniqueness of fate

Be yourself! One day a crowd of people was walking along the road. Each carried his own cross on his shoulder. One person thought that his...

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...

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,...

“Maybe” – Parable of Wisdom

Once upon the time there was an old farmer who had worked his crops for many years. One day his horse ran away. Upon hearing...

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...

I am building a temple

The Power of Meaningful Life A traveller passed a quarry saw three men working and asked them: “What are you doing?” “I am carrying stones”,  said the...

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...

Girl by the river

Two Zen monks, Tanzan (1819-1892) and Ekido, traveling on pilgrimage, came to a muddy river crossing. There they saw a lovely young woman dressed in her...

Wonder of Wonders

A group of American school children were asked to list what they thought were the present "Seven Wonders Of The World." Though there were...

Who Am I? Zen Proverbs

Who are you? Keiji, a long-time Zen student, approached his master and said: “I don’t see how there can be any enlightenment that sets you...

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...

Entering a Flow State

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