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
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
Zen monk Sitting by the water How do we explain the explainable? This question has inspired numerous myths, religious practices, and scientific inquiries. But Zen Buddhists practicing from the 9th to 13th Centuries asked a different question. "Why do we need an explanation?" For these monks blindly seeking answers was a vice to overcome, and … Continue reading Zen Kōan’s
A monk meditating on a rock There is a quite a bit going on with meditation than most people realize. The average person will probably tell you that meditation is just a tool to calm you down, when in reality that's probably the least important thing that it is good for. Meditation is a powerful … Continue reading What is Meditation?