was driving in India when suddenly a dog
hit and killed the dog. The monk looked
and seeing a temple, went to knock on the door.
opened the door.
first monk said: "I'm terribly sorry, but my
ran over your dogma."
monks decided to practice meditation together.
by the side of a lake and closed
eyes in concentration.
suddenly, the first one stood up
said, "I forgot my mat."
stepped miraculously onto the water
front of him and walked across the
their hut on the other side.
returned, the second monk stood up and
"I forgot to put my other underwear to dry."
walked calmly across the water and returned
third monk watched the first two carefully in
decided must be the test of his own
your learning so superior to mine? I too can
any feat you two can perform,"
declared loudly and rushed to the water's edge to
promptly fell into the deep water.
the yogi climbed out of the water and
again, only to sink into the water.
again he climbed out and yet again he tried,
time sinking into the water.
went on for some time as the other
while, the second monk turned to
first and said,
you think we should tell him where
did a Buddhist say to the hot dog vendor?
me one with everything.
hot dog vendor prepares the hot
gives it to the monk.
monk pays him and asks for the change.
dog vendor says:
comes from within".)
is the name of the best Zen teacher?
many Zen buddhists does
to change a light bulb?
None, they are the light bulb.
happens when a Buddhist
totally absorbed with the
he is working with?
there was a monk who was
expert on the Diamond Sutra,
books were very valuable in his day,
only copy in his part of
world on his back.
widely sought after for his
and insight into the Diamond Sutra,
very successful at propounding its profundities
only monks and masters but to t
people as well.
the people of that region came to know of the
Sutra, and as the monk was traveling
mountain road, he came upon an old woman
tea and cakes.
hungry monk would have loved to refresh himself,
alas, he had no money. He told the old woman,
have upon my back a treasure beyond knowing --
will give me some tea and cakes,
tell you of this great treasure of knowledge."
woman knew something of the Diamond Sutra
and proposed her own bargain.
said, "Oh learned monk,
will answer a simple question,
give you tea and cakes."
the monk readily agreed.
woman then said,
you eat these cakes,
eating with the mind of the past,
mind of the present or the mind of the future?"
answer occurred to the monk,
took the pack from his back and got out the
the Diamond Sutra, hoping he
find the answer.
studied and pondered, the day grew late and
woman packed up her things
home for the day.
are a foolish monk indeed,"
the old woman as she left the hungry monk in
eat the tea and cakes with your mouth."