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There's a story about Shunryu Suzuki, author of Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind. It seems he was traveling with a student of his who was a very strict vegetarian. They were hungry and the only place to stop was a little roadside diner. The diner didn't have anything vegetarian on the menu so the student ordered a grilled cheese sandwich to be made specially for him (maybe like that scene in Five Easy Pieces). Suzuki ordered a hamburger. When the sandwiches came, Suzuki quickly grabbed the student's grilled cheese and stuffed it in his mouth. Then he said, "It's OK, you can have mine!"

its gotta be HOOSy para steen (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Friday, 13 February 2009 23:05 (5 years ago) Permalink

its gotta be HOOSy para steen (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Friday, 13 February 2009 23:05 (5 years ago) Permalink

Ned Raggett, Friday, 13 February 2009 23:07 (5 years ago) Permalink

A soldier named Nobushige came to Hakuin, and asked: "Is there really a paradise and a hell?"

"Who are you?" inquired Hakuin.

"I am a samurai," the warrior replied.

"You, a soldier!" exclaimed Hakuin. "What kind of ruler would have you as his guard? Your face looks like that of a beggar."

Nobushige became so angry that he began to draw his sword, but Hakuin continued: "So you have a sword ! Your weapon is probably much too dull to cut off my head."

As Nobushige drew his sword Hakuin remarked: "Here open the gates of hell!"

its gotta be HOOSy para steen (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Friday, 13 February 2009 23:11 (5 years ago) Permalink

There was a young monk in China who was a very serious practitioner of the Dharma.
Once, this monk came across something he did not understand, so he went to ask the master. When the master heard the question, he kept laughing. The master then stood up and walked away, still laughing.
The young monk was very disturbed by the master's reaction. For the next 3 days, he could not eat, sleep nor think properly. At the end of 3 days, he went back to the master and told the master how disturbed he had felt.

When the master heard this, he said, "Monk, do u know what your problem is? Your problem is that YOU ARE WORSE THAN A CLOWN!"

The monk was shocked to hear that, "Venerable Sir, how can you say such a thing?! How can I be worse than a clown?"

The master explained, "A clown enjoys seeing people laugh. You? You feel disturbed because another person laughed. Tell me, are u not worse than a clown?"

its gotta be HOOSy para steen (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Friday, 13 February 2009 23:12 (5 years ago) Permalink

The Zen master Mu-nan had only one successor. His name was Shoju. After Shoju had completed his study of Zen, Mu-nan called him into his room. "I am getting old," he said, "and as far as I know, Shoju, you are the only one who will carry on this teaching. Here is a book. It has been passed down from master to master for seven generations. I have also added many points according to my understanding. The book is very valuable, and I am giving it to you to represent your successorhip."

"If the book is such an important thing, you had better keep it," Shoju replied. "I received your Zen without writing and am satisfied with it as it is."

"I know that," said Mu-nan. "Even so, this work has been carried from master to master for seven generations, so you may keep it as a symbol of having received the teaching. Here."

They happened to be talking before a brazier. The instant Shoju felt the book in his hands he thrust it into the flaming coals. He had no lust for possessions.

Mu-nan, who never had been angry before, yelled: "What are you doing!"

Shoju shouted back: "What are you saying!"

cat anatomy expert (ledge), Friday, 13 February 2009 23:13 (5 years ago) Permalink

^ hands down my favourite koan

cat anatomy expert (ledge), Friday, 13 February 2009 23:15 (5 years ago) Permalink

That is pretty awesome

its gotta be HOOSy para steen (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Friday, 13 February 2009 23:15 (5 years ago) Permalink

According to The Platform Sutra, Shen Hui asked the Sixth Patriarch: "When you sit in meditation, High Master, do you see or not?"

The Master hit him three times with his stick and asked: "When I hit you, does it hurt or not?"

its gotta be HOOSy para steen (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Friday, 13 February 2009 23:16 (5 years ago) Permalink

Hakuin used to tell his pupils about an old woman who had a teashop, praising her understanding of Zen. The pupils refused to believe what he told them and would go to the teashop to find out for themselves.

Whenever the woman saw them coming she could tell at once whether they had come for tea or to look into her grasp of Zen. In the former case, she would server them graciously. In the latter, she would beckon to the pupils to come behind her screen. The instant they obeyed, she would strike them with a fire-poker.

Nine out of ten of them could not escape her beating.

its gotta be HOOSy para steen (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Friday, 13 February 2009 23:17 (5 years ago) Permalink

Yün-men Wen-yen (864–949). An eminent Ch'an figure in China who lent his name to one of the ‘Five Houses’ of Ch'an in the late T'ang period, and who appears in many kōans in the collections Gateless Gate and Blue Cliff Records. He left the householder's life at an early age, and spent time in conventional monastic life before taking to the road in the search for a higher level of truth. He studied with various masters, but attained enlightenment with one Mu-chou Tao-tsung, an eccentric disciple of the famed Ch'an master Huang-po Hsi-yün who practised an extremely ascetic life in the harsh mountain terrain of North China. Yün-men attained enlightenment under him when the teacher, responding to his request for teaching, threw him through the front gate and slammed it on his leg hard enough to break it.

cat anatomy expert (ledge), Friday, 13 February 2009 23:17 (5 years ago) Permalink

^ that's the kind of shit i'm lookin for

its gotta be HOOSy para steen (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Friday, 13 February 2009 23:18 (5 years ago) Permalink

I only have a passing acquaintance with this stuff, and it's the asshole stories that really make me want to learn more!

cat anatomy expert (ledge), Friday, 13 February 2009 23:19 (5 years ago) Permalink

hahaha i'm on a page of koans and i just knew if i ctrl+f'd "finger" i'd find this lovely piece of legend

The Master Gutei made a practice of raising his finger whenever he explained a question about Zen. A very young disciple began to imitate him, and every time Gutei raised his finger when he preached, this boy would raise his finger, too. Everybody laughed.
One day Gutei caught him at it. He took the boy's hand, whipped out a knife, cut off the finger and threw it away. The boy walked off howling.

"Stop!" shouted Gutei. The boy stopped, and looked at the master through his tears. Gutei raised his finger. Instinctively, the boy raised his finger. Then suddenly, he realized it wasn't there. He hesitated a moment: Then he bowed.

its gotta be HOOSy para steen (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Friday, 13 February 2009 23:20 (5 years ago) Permalink

One day, a student of Shunryu Suzuki-Roshi confronted him at Sokoji, in his office, and said, "if you believe in freedom why do you keep your bird locked up in a cage?" Suzuki Roshi went over and opened the door of the cage and the bird flew out of the cage and out of the window. It is said that then Shunryu Suzuki turned to the student and said "That bird is free – you owe me a bird."

cat anatomy expert (ledge), Friday, 13 February 2009 23:33 (5 years ago) Permalink

lol

its gotta be HOOSy para steen (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Friday, 13 February 2009 23:34 (5 years ago) Permalink

the hitting with sticks has always seemed to me to be a very important part of zen

Tracer Hand, Saturday, 14 February 2009 01:10 (5 years ago) Permalink

yeah if zen dudes are the shock troops of the buddhist world then rinzai dudes are the navy seals no doubt

its gotta be HOOSy para steen (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Saturday, 14 February 2009 03:21 (5 years ago) Permalink

I could probably get into this if it didn't seem so much like a card game of Asshole.

•--• --- --- •--• (Pleasant Plains), Saturday, 14 February 2009 03:37 (5 years ago) Permalink

There are nice zen buddhists, PP.

also *free* online sex personals - got any links? (libcrypt), Saturday, 14 February 2009 03:49 (5 years ago) Permalink

haha i overheard my boss on the phone today shittalking about someone else and she was all "my nichiren buddhism pwns her zen buddhism"

forecast from stonehenge (get bent), Saturday, 14 February 2009 03:51 (5 years ago) Permalink

Zen At War is a kickass book that everyone interested in Zen or religion & warfare should read, good call lb.

its gotta be HOOSy para steen (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Saturday, 14 February 2009 03:52 (5 years ago) Permalink

I have now bought this book.

stet, Saturday, 14 February 2009 03:55 (5 years ago) Permalink

I could probably get into this if it didn't seem so much like a card game of Asshole.

― •--• --- --- •--• (Pleasant Plains), Saturday, February 14, 2009 3:37 AM (15 minutes ago) Bookmark

its gotta be HOOSy para steen (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Saturday, 14 February 2009 03:56 (5 years ago) Permalink

lemmy tristano (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 14 February 2009 03:59 (5 years ago) Permalink

^ not as good as the previous two referenced

but not bad

its gotta be HOOSy para steen (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Saturday, 14 February 2009 04:00 (5 years ago) Permalink

HOOS outside the door

lemmy tristano (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 14 February 2009 04:08 (5 years ago) Permalink

As a Zen dude I obv didn't mean to impugn Zen here I just think a lot of these parables are unintentionally funny as shit and probably based on actual anti-social behavior by cloistered motherfuckers.

its gotta be HOOSy para steen (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Saturday, 14 February 2009 04:12 (5 years ago) Permalink

Ken, had no idea you were a Zebra fan.

•--• --- --- •--• (Pleasant Plains), Saturday, 14 February 2009 04:17 (5 years ago) Permalink

isn't the zebra song "who's behind the door"?

forecast from stonehenge (get bent), Saturday, 14 February 2009 04:22 (5 years ago) Permalink

crack-a-lackin'

lemmy tristano (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 14 February 2009 04:25 (5 years ago) Permalink

special 4 u

forecast from stonehenge (get bent), Saturday, 14 February 2009 04:26 (5 years ago) Permalink

craic a-lacking

lemmy tristano (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 14 February 2009 04:28 (5 years ago) Permalink

I listened up until first drum beat.

lemmy tristano (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 14 February 2009 04:29 (5 years ago) Permalink

b-b-but they make contact with UFOs! on a COMPUTER!

forecast from stonehenge (get bent), Saturday, 14 February 2009 04:35 (5 years ago) Permalink

just think a lot of these parables are unintentionally funny as shit

is it unintentional? i've always read humor in them.

xpost:

two of my friends in high school were big zebra fans. (it was sort of a subset of their rush fandom.)

paper plans (tipsy mothra), Saturday, 14 February 2009 04:40 (5 years ago) Permalink

If I want funny leg-breaking, I'll watch a Fassbinder movie.

b-b-but they make contact with UFOs! on a COMPUTER!

If I want that kind of thing, I'll stick with

lemmy tristano (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 14 February 2009 04:48 (5 years ago) Permalink

btw yall there's a buddhist rap group called shambhala that could be hot as fuck if they got with a real producer

its gotta be HOOSy para steen (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Saturday, 14 February 2009 04:51 (5 years ago) Permalink

I don't remember if "Shambala" was sung, but there were some great moments, perhaps approaching Zen, here

lemmy tristano (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 14 February 2009 05:04 (5 years ago) Permalink

Ah, I hadn't really known who had sung the first version of "Shambala," but I'll bet at least one of jody or tre will know.

lemmy tristano (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 14 February 2009 05:06 (5 years ago) Permalink

H Ive been reading Zen Guitar the last couple of days. It's all fairly obvious stuff re creativity but its a good read.

one art, please (Trayce), Saturday, 14 February 2009 05:10 (5 years ago) Permalink

zebra assholes

•--• --- --- •--• (Pleasant Plains), Saturday, 14 February 2009 06:06 (5 years ago) Permalink

I wonder why passive aggressiveness pisses some people off?

I found a really old zen comic book at my grandmas place. next time I go up there I will have to bring it back and scan it. its like reading a bunch of one panel funnies like Farside.

CaptainLorax, Saturday, 14 February 2009 06:55 (5 years ago) Permalink

Modest assholeness here , but the guy was dying.

Gasan was sitting at the bedside of Tekisui three days before his teacher's passing. Tekisui had already chosen him as his successor.

A temple recently had burned and Gasan was busy rebuilding the structure. Tekisui asked him: "What are you going to do when you get the temple rebuilt?"

"When your sickness is over we want you to speak there," said Gasan.

"Suppose I do not live until then?"

"Then we will get someone else," replied Gasan.

"Suppose you cannot find anyone?" continued Tekisui.

Gasan answered loudly: "Don't ask such foolish questions. Just go to sleep."

cat anatomy expert (ledge), Saturday, 14 February 2009 10:02 (5 years ago) Permalink

I heart this thread! I wouldn't so much call it 'Assholeness' though, I prefer 'wit'.

*imagines both persons in these quotes high-fiving and LOL'ing after the quote, saying "this one's for the books LOL" *

Le Bateau Ivre, Saturday, 14 February 2009 14:40 (5 years ago) Permalink

BODHIDHARMA sat facing a wall for nine years of meditation. At one
time a Confucian monk came to him for teaching. But Bodhidharma
sat unmoving and unspeaking for seven days and nights, while the
monk pleaded for his attention. Finally the monk could stand no
more, and to show his sincerity, he took a great sword, cut off
his arm, and carried it to Bodhidharma.

He said: "Here is a token of my sincerity. I have been seeking
peace for my soul for many years, and I know that you can show me
how to find it."

Bodhidharma said, "Do not bring me your arm. Bring me your soul,
so I can give it peace as you request.

"But that is the very trouble," said the monk,

"I cannot grasp my soul or find it, much less bring it to you.

"You see," said Bodhidharma, "I have given you peace of soul."

dowd, Saturday, 14 February 2009 15:07 (5 years ago) Permalink

A monk was walking along when he came to a lady who was sitting by the path weeping.

“What’s the matter?” he said.

She said, sobbing, “I have lost my only child.”

He hit her over the head and said, “There, that’ll give you something to cry about.”

Le Bateau Ivre, Saturday, 14 February 2009 15:28 (5 years ago) Permalink

If I can find them, I used to have a whole collection of Chassidic masters acting a lot like these zen assholes. I'll post a few if I can find the booklet.

Mordy, Saturday, 14 February 2009 15:35 (5 years ago) Permalink

its compelling to contemplate how the intent and meaning of these instructions may have drifted across the cultural divide when apprehended by westerners who are already you know assholes

ice cr?m, Saturday, 14 February 2009 15:55 (5 years ago) Permalink

i don't understand the "peace of soul" one.

forecast from stonehenge (get bent), Saturday, 14 February 2009 17:18 (5 years ago) Permalink

After Kakua visited the emperor he disappeared and no one knew what became of him. He was the first Japanese to study Zen in China, but since he showed nothing of it, save one note, he is not remembered for having brought Zen into his country.

Kakua visited China and accepted the true teaching. He did not travel while he was there. Meditating constantly, he lived on a remote part of a mountain. Whenever people found him and asked him to preach he would say a few words and then move to another part of the mountain where he could be found less easily.

The emperor heard about Kakua when he returned to Japan and asked him to preach Zen for his edification and that of his subjects.

Kakua stood before the emperor in silence. He then produced a flute from the folds of his robe, and blew one short note, then left.

dylannn, Saturday, 14 February 2009 17:27 (5 years ago) Permalink

Matsuka, one of Tesshu's students, heard rumors that Tesshu was dying. But because Tesshu was only in his early 50s and was always apparently in good health, he did not believe it. Creeping into Tesshu's room late at night, he saw his teacher sitting in meditation and jumped on him. Tesshu quickly pinned him to the ground, and seeing who it was demanded an explanation. The student, however, saw that his teacher was still strong and quickly ran away to tell the other students that there was nothing wrong with Tesshu. The following week Tesshu died of stomach cancer.

Blimey G. Blamegarten (unregistered), Saturday, 14 February 2009 17:31 (5 years ago) Permalink

Bodhidharma was out on the town one night, parking lot pimping in his boy's Nissan Titan. He tried to holla at some chick who started acting bougie, so Bodhidharma and some other dudes ran a train on her. "You see," said Bodhidharma, "I have given you peace of soul."

dylannn, Saturday, 14 February 2009 17:39 (5 years ago) Permalink

Bodhi Day was near, so the Zen master Shinuju went on his yearly pilgrimage to Bodh Gaya. Upon arriving, he found merchants who were selling cattle, sheep, and pigeons in the temple courtyard. He also found money changers sitting there. He made a whip from small ropes and threw everyone with their sheep and cattle out of the temple courtyard. He dumped the money changers' coins and knocked over their tables. He told those who sold pigeons, "Pick up this stuff, and get it out of here! Stop making the Buddha's house a marketplace!" His students remembered that the sutras said, "Devotion for your house will consume me." The Biharis reacted by asking Shinuju, "What miracle can you show us to justify what you're doing?" Shinuju replied, "Tear down this temple, and I'll rebuild it in three days." The Biharis said, "It took forty-six years to build this temple. Do you really think you're going to rebuild it in three days?" But the temple Shinuju spoke about was his own body.

Blimey G. Blamegarten (unregistered), Saturday, 14 February 2009 18:18 (5 years ago) Permalink

i don't understand the "peace of soul" one.

― forecast from stonehenge (get bent), Saturday, February 14, 2009 5:18 PM (2 hours ago) Bookmark

Basic framework is that dude is like "waah I want to understand my soul!"

Bodhidharma don't do shit.

Dude does some crazy shit and goes and cuts his arm off. "NOW will you help me? Dammit I can't find my soul!"

Bodhidharma: "Uh, duh? Ain't shit there to find, dogg. Get it?"

Dude gets enlightened.

its gotta be HOOSy para steen (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Saturday, 14 February 2009 20:09 (5 years ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

bump

moe greene dolphin street (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 28 February 2009 23:36 (5 years ago) Permalink

zen assholes are the new

f f murray abraham (G00blar), Saturday, 28 February 2009 23:39 (5 years ago) Permalink

I can see why Alan Watts moved from Zen to the more gentle 'Watercourse Way' of Taoism during his life...Too much hitting people in Zen.

Bob Six, Saturday, 28 February 2009 23:40 (5 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

Dear Louise,

Here is a poem for you:

What is Buddha?
"Three pounds of flax."
"Dry shit on a stick."
I don't understand these words.
The infant is sucking on his toes.

See you soon,
Seung Sahn

just DO THE STANKY HOOS plain and steen (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Saturday, 4 April 2009 00:00 (5 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

"Well, what do you want?" Sotan's voice had such power that the monk's voice was reduced to a whisper.
"I want to understand the Great Matter please."
"Whose Great Matter?" was the teacher's brusque response.
"Um, mine . . . "
"What? Yours? If it's just you alone, what does it matter?" Sotan responded with a laugh.

the insane Dr. Morbius and his HOOSical steens (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Thursday, 14 May 2009 23:07 (5 years ago) Permalink

@kanyewest (Whiney G. Weingarten), Thursday, 14 May 2009 23:16 (5 years ago) Permalink

love this thread

sorry for british (country matters), Thursday, 14 May 2009 23:30 (5 years ago) Permalink

oh man do i wish i'd found this thread sooner <3

notes:
- zen assholes OTM. "peace of soul" and "somethin' to cry about" are straight-up fire.
- i'd never heard the shock troops thing but the community i grew up in had a reputation as zen boot camp so maybe there's something to it
- it's really easy to overstate the whole hitting thing, but i can see why dudes do
- respect to get bent's boss but bitch-sama domo

butt-rock miyagi (rogermexico.), Thursday, 14 May 2009 23:36 (5 years ago) Permalink

Bodhidharma was out on the town one night, parking lot pimping in his boy's Nissan Titan. He tried to holla at some chick who started acting bougie, so Bodhidharma and some other dudes ran a train on her. "You see," said Bodhidharma, "I have given you peace of soul."

― dylannn, Saturday, February 14, 2009 5:39 PM (3 months ago) Bookmark

lololololol

the insane Dr. Morbius and his HOOSical steens (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Friday, 15 May 2009 00:00 (5 years ago) Permalink

great thread guys

cnn and the holograms (daria-g), Friday, 15 May 2009 00:23 (5 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

not zen and not asshole per se really but <3 <3

The scene: a Buddhist conference in Berlin. Among the many panels and presentations, some teachers have come to give workshops as well. One such elder is an eminent Tibetan lama; he has been giving instruction on The Praise to the Twenty-One Taras. It is now time for questions and answers.

A young man with furrowed brow requests to speak. He asks in broken English, “Rinpoche, for many years now I have been your student. I am committed to the practice but I have the doubt. I am very willing to do the pujas, the visualizations, the prostrations, but it is very hard to have the whole heart in it, because I have this doubt: Tara, is she really there? Sometime you talk like she is a real person, but sometimes you say she is the wisdom of Buddha Amoghasiddhi, or just a skillful means.

If I could know for sure, I would redouble my efforts. So, Rinpoche, Tara, does she really exist or does she not?!”

For a few moments the lama ponders, then raises his eyes to meet those of his inquirer. A smile spreads across his face.

He responds, “She knows that she is not real.”

BIG HOOS's wacky crack variety hour (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Wednesday, 22 July 2009 08:23 (5 years ago) Permalink

I know that tamer versions of this one are more common....

A traveler comes upon a Zen monk burning a statue of Buddha.

"Why are you burning the Buddha?"

"To get to its essence!"

"There is no essence in a statue."

"Well then give me another so I can warm my ass with it!"

Matt Armstrong, Wednesday, 22 July 2009 08:33 (5 years ago) Permalink

4 months pass...

anyone read Jed McKenna?

Flab (wanko ergo sum), Monday, 23 November 2009 15:08 (5 years ago) Permalink

great thread. i think the caricatures of zen masters are hilarious. i always found this one funny:

Seung Sahn would say, "When you eat, just eat. When you read the newspaper, just read the newspaper. Don't do anything other than what you are doing."

One day a student saw him reading the newspaper while he was eating. The student asked if this did not contradict his teaching. Seung Sahn said, "When you eat and read the newspaper, just eat and read the newspaper."

GEDDY LEE JAZZ MINT (Future_Perfect), Monday, 23 November 2009 20:16 (5 years ago) Permalink

According to The Platform Sutra, Shen Hui asked the Sixth Patriarch: "When you sit in meditation, High Master, do you see or not?"

The Master hit him three times with his stick and asked: "When I hit you, does it hurt or not?"

this guy is my favorite

omicron deserved 51 (Curt1s Stephens), Monday, 23 November 2009 20:24 (5 years ago) Permalink

"fuck you. I have no time for bullshit, gotta get my zen on"

omicron deserved 51 (Curt1s Stephens), Monday, 23 November 2009 20:24 (5 years ago) Permalink

honestly i think the reason i like buddhism is because they have the best jokes

itdn put butt in the display name (gbx), Monday, 23 November 2009 20:28 (5 years ago) Permalink

You saying Judaism isn't funny? RELIGIOUS WAR.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 23 November 2009 20:34 (5 years ago) Permalink

<3 seung sahn <3

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Monday, 23 November 2009 21:27 (5 years ago) Permalink

4 months pass...

Hideki Matsui wasn’t the only former Yankee at the Stadium on Tuesday collecting his World Series championship ring. Jerry Hairston Jr., who now plays for the Padres, surprised his old teammates by taking a red-eye flight after his game Monday in San Diego to take part in the ceremony.

When Jorge Posada spotted Hairston in front of the dugout, he shook his head and asked why he was there.

“I flew here,” Hairston said.

“Why?” Posada asked.

Astronaut Mike Dexter (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Wednesday, 14 April 2010 13:38 (4 years ago) Permalink

I want a band named after this thread stat.

Christine Green Leafy Dragon Indigo, Wednesday, 14 April 2010 14:13 (4 years ago) Permalink

when the monks argued over which wing of the monastery owned the cat, nansen brandished a sword and told them to say a word sufficient to save it. when they could not he chopped the cat in half.

when nansen told joshu of this, joshu took off his shoes, put them atop his head, and left the room. nansen: ah, u would have saved the cat.

tbrrprint (2) HD (zvookster), Wednesday, 14 April 2010 14:52 (4 years ago) Permalink

does every zen story involve wearing articles of clothing in inappropriate places

fuck in rainbows, ☔ (dyao), Wednesday, 14 April 2010 15:10 (4 years ago) Permalink

the good ones, yes

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Wednesday, 14 April 2010 15:14 (4 years ago) Permalink

I think that last one is supposed to be about appreciating close friends?

Fetchboy, Wednesday, 14 April 2010 15:15 (4 years ago) Permalink

heh we have whole threads about what catholic assholes get up too.

Jesse James Woods (darraghmac), Wednesday, 14 April 2010 15:28 (4 years ago) Permalink

2 years pass...

There was an old woman in China who had supported a monk for over twenty years. She had built a little hut for him and fed him while he was meditating. Finally she wondered just what progress he had made in all this time.

To find out, she obtained the help of a girl rich in desire. "Go and embrace him," she told her, "and then ask him suddenly: 'What now?'"

The girl called upon the monk and without much ado caressed him, asking him what he was going to do about it.

"An old tree grows on a cold rock in winter," replied the monk somewhat poetically. "Nowhere is there any warmth."

The girl returned and related what he had said.

"To think I fed that fellow for twenty years!" exclaimed the old woman in anger. "He showed no consideration for your need, no disposition to explain your condition. He need not have responded to passion, but at least he could have evidenced some compassion;"

She at once went to the hut of the monk and burned it down.

ledge, Saturday, 2 February 2013 22:26 (1 year ago) Permalink

Amanda Palmer invokes her Zen philosophical stance at the beginning of a recent blog where she is googling her own name, which is something she seems to do all the time.

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Saturday, 2 February 2013 22:42 (1 year ago) Permalink


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