Learning To Be Silent – Zen Kōan

The pupils of the Tendai school used to study meditation before Zen entered Japan. Four of them who were intimate friends promised one another to observe seven days of silence. On the first day all were silent. Their meditation had begun auspiciously, but when night came and the oil lamps were growing dim one of the pupils … Continue reading Learning To Be Silent – Zen Kōan

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Open Your Own Treasure House – Zen Kōan

Daiju visited the master Baso in China. Baso asked: "What do you seek?" "Enlightenment," replied Daiju. "You have your own treasure house. Why do you search outside?" Baso asked. Daiju inquired: "Where is my treasure house?" Baso answered: "What you are asking is your treasure house." Daiju was enlightened! Ever after he urged his friends: … Continue reading Open Your Own Treasure House – Zen Kōan