Monthly Archives: July 2012

The greatest miracle

  When powers start happening in your spiritual growth, the greatest courage is needed not to show them. It is said of a disciple of Rinzai, a Zen Master, that some other religious Master’s disciple was talking to him and the other Master’s disciple said, ‘Our Master is a man of miracles. He can do […]

Economy of laughter

  Mulla Nasrudin listened very attentively while a stranger told a long story in the coffee-house. But the man spoke so indistinctly and muffed his punchline so badly that the story was not funny at all, and except for the Mulla no one laughed. But the Mulla laughed heartily. “Why did you laugh, Nasrudin?” I […]

No ordinary diamond

  Story 1 : Hanyatara recites Sutra   I have heard a very beautiful legend. The legend is, there was a great Master in India, the twenty-seventh successor of Gautam the Buddha; his name was Hanyatara. A king in south India requested him to come to his court. The king himself came, bowed down to […]

The art of war

A great swordsman, a great warrior, came back home and found that his servant was making love to his wife. According to custom, he challenged the servant — gave him a sword and told him to come out of the house and let it be decided; whoever remains alive will be the husband of the […]

A Zen Butcher

There is nothing profane in the world, nothing sacred in the world. The world is neutral. Now it depends on you what you want to make of it. Meditation makes it sacred; then every act becomes meditative. I am reminded of a butcher in Japan who was considered to be a great master — and […]

Buddha with a black nose

  A famous story about a Zen nun is: She had a beautiful golden Buddha, a very artistic, aesthetic statue of Buddha, made of pure gold. And the nun used to carry the Buddha wherever she would go. Buddhist monks and nuns have to go on moving for eight months in the year, except the […]

Why are you not Yourself?

The Hassid mystic, Zusia, was dying, and he started praying. Tears were flowing down from his eyes and he was trembling. And somebody asked ‘What is the matter? Why are you trembling?’ He was saying ‘I am trembling for a certain reason. This is my last moment, I am dying. Soon I will be facing […]