Category Archives: Zen

LIVING IN THE NOW..PN

You only have control over the present, so live it to the fullest. Bhagavad Gita These are troubled times. We have an equal number of members who can look out for tomorrows and others who are glad for their todays. I … Continue reading

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OVER -CONFIDENCE–positive or negative quality

Is over confidence a positive or negative quality? It all depends on the situation in which it is exhibited….over confidence can be self-assurance or bravado verging on dangerous behaviour. As a family, we four siblings have always had superb self-confidence … Continue reading

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The Rice Cleaner…Buddha’s Path of Self-Remembering

A great master had a big monastery – five hundred monks – and they were all practicing the path of self-remembering. Self-remembering is one of the paths Buddha has recommended. One man entered into the monastery – he wanted to … Continue reading

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You Can’t Do That

The human mind takes an aggressive stance when expressly forbidden to do something. The story begins with Adam and Eve, the forbidden apple and the tempting snake that manages to throw the couple out of paradise. In Indian thought as … Continue reading

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The Moon and the Door –Mulla Nasruddin

Mulla Nasruddin was born in Iran and became famous as a Sufi mystic. He was considered a little crazy but at the same time tremendously wise. Mulla Nasruddin was once sent by the Emperor of Iran with great gifts to the Emperor … Continue reading

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Bodhidharma and Emperor Wu

Your action is punishment and your action is your reward. You are the master of your destiny. When Bodhidharma reached China six hundred years later, there were already thirty thousand Buddhist temples, monasteries, and two million Buddhist monks in China. … Continue reading

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Giver should be Thankful

It happened with Dozo, a Zen monk. A rich man came to Dozo with ten thousand gold coins. That was a very big amount. He was going to gift it to the temple where Dozo was the priest. Dozo accepted it … Continue reading

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Indirect guidance-Zen

A gem of a story from my guru Anand Zen. It happened in Upanishadic days that one young boy, Svetaketu, was sent by his father to a gurukul, to a family of an enlightened master, to learn. He learned everything … Continue reading

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The Next in Line

Mahakashyapa became the first patriarch of the Zen tradition. After him there have been six others. Again and again from master to disciple the flame has been transferred in silence. The sixth was a woman, and Bodhidharma was her disciple. … Continue reading

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Zen: The Master’s Name

In Tibet, there is a beautiful story about Marpa. It may not be factual, but it is tremendously significant. I don’t care much about facts. My emphasis is on the significance and the truth, which is a totally different thing. … Continue reading

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