No Loving-Kindness – Zen Kōan

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 … Continue reading No Loving-Kindness – Zen Kōan

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Finding a Diamond on a Muddy Road – Zen Kōan

Gudo was the emperor's teacher of his time. Nevertheless, he used to travel alone as a wandering mendicant. Once when he was on his way to Edo, the cultural and political center of the shogunate, he approached a little village named Takenaka. It was evening and a heavy rain was falling. Gudo was thoroughly wet. … Continue reading Finding a Diamond on a Muddy Road – Zen Kōan