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Here are some of the best Zen Buddhist parables, anecdotes and tales and let their profound insights and wise moral life lessons guide you towards wiseness and self awareness.

Two Words Rule at Monastery! Zen Story with Moral Lesson

Two Words Rule at Monastery! A Complaining Mind

Once there used to a monastery where rules were very strict. One rule was not to speak even a word. All monks in monastery adhered to this rule. Every one who joined monastery had taken up strict vow of silence. Though there was a rule to not speak a word, once monk completed one years…

Zen Master Response to Man - Mind of a Sage Learning for Life Story

Zen Master Response to Man..!

Once a Zen monk Bokuju was passing through a street in village. Suddenly, a man came up and struck him with a stick. Bokuju fell down and with him that stick also fell there. He got up and picked up that stick. Man who had hit him and was running away, When Bokuju saw that,…

Angel's Gift of Miracle to Saint - The Holy Shadow

Angel’s Gift of Miracle to Saint – The Holy Shadow..!

Once lived a saint so good that angels came to earth. Angels saw that saint whole day could be summed up by two words – He Gave, He Forgave yet these words never passed his lips. These words were expressed in his smile, his kindness, forbearance and charity. Angel went back and told God about…

Five Monks Journey - Distractions and Destination

Five Monks Journey – Distractions and Destination

Once a lama who was working in a faraway valley, wrote a letter to chief of monastery. In letter he said, “Send one more lama, we need him here.” Chief called all his disciples and read that letter in front of them. Then he said, “I would like to send five of you.” One lama…

Master Suggestion and Student's Work of Art - Painting Competition

Student’s Work of Art – Painting Competition

Once a boy name Raman was studying art under guidance of a great master. Master taught Raman how to draw and paint, mixing colors and other various techniques. Raman was a quick learner. His master was proud of him. Once a competition was announced for budding painters. Artists were asked to send their paintings. Raman…

Buddha Sleeping Position - Disciple Question

Buddha Sleeping – Disciple Question

Just nearby, in the Ajanta caves, in the last cave there is a sculpture of Gautam Buddha sleeping. That pose has become known as the “Lion’s pose” because the lion also sleeps on its side without moving. When Gautum Buddha was alive, he used to sleep in same posture, whole night. He wouldn’t move from…

King Invitation and Doubts - Zen Story

King Invitation and Doubts – Zen Story

Once there was King who used to go on round of his Kingdom in disguise. Every night he would go to see whether things were alright or there was some trouble about which he didn’t know. He saw a very beautiful and silent man standing under a tree. Whatever time of night he went, that…

Neither Bad nor Good - Zen Master Hakuin Story

Neither Good nor Bad – Zen Master Hakuin Story

Once Zen master Hakuin lived on outskirts of a village in Japan. He was very famous and has great reputation. Whole village respected him. Whenever he would go to village for alms, people would greet and welcome him and would give him many things. But one day everything changed. A young unmarried girl in village…

Ones Nature and Enlightenment - Buddha Stories of Wisdom

One’s Nature and Enlightenment – Buddha Stories

Story 1: Angry Man Abuses Buddha..! Once somebody came and started insulting and abusing Buddha. Buddha listened silently. When man walked away, one of disciples asked Buddha, “Why did you remain silent?” Buddha said, “Once I was passing through a forest and a branch of a tree fell on me. What do you think? Should…

Two Monk and Lady at River Bank - Zen Teaching Story

Two Monk and a Woman – Zen Teaching

Once upon a time, two monks were traveling together. One their way to home, they came to bank of river and found that bridge was damaged. They had to wade (walk through) across the river. A pretty lady was standing on bank of river, She was also stuck there because of damaged bridge. She had…