What is Zen? I don't know the complete answer. So I cannot tell you what Zen is. But we can listen the Zen Talks; you might know something about Zen from there.
You need to drink, then you know how to describe how it tastes in your language.
"I heard others talk about ocean all the time. What's the ocean?" A baby fish in
the ocean asked grandpa fish.
~ You are in the Zen, you need to find Zen by yourself.
Lady Crossing River
An old monk and young monk saw a gorgeous lady in rich attire wondered how to cross the river on the road. The old monk asked lady's permission to carry her to cross the river. Two monks continued their journey for hours.
"We are monk, we shouldn't close to the girl. Why did you do that?" the young
monk raised the question.
~ In order to keep our mind cool, focusing and clear, then we need to give up the previous passion.
Go to the Hell
"Where will you a hundred year later?" One guy asked the master monk that.
~ Zen is everywhere.
Zen is Nothing
"You have been studying Zen in the most of your past life. What can you get from
there?" A guy asked Zen Mater.
~ If you want to get something from Zen, then you cannot get anything. If you ask nothing from Zen, then you know something about it.
Zen is Empty
"I have one thing. It has no beginning and no ending. It has no name and no description. It also has no front and no back. Do you know what it is?" Zen Mater asked students.
"That's Dao. that's Zen!" someone answered.
~ Zen has no name and no description.
One Chinese calligrapher using writing brush painted a bamboo landscape. He colored bamboo in red.
"Bamboo should always be painted in black." one guy gave a comment.
~ We are taught the true and false from people. But we never think that's right or wrong.
All the Same
Four Zen Students in a 7-day meditation class. They shouldn't have conversion during the meditation period. At the first night, one student sensed the ground movement.
"Earthquake!" that student reacted quickly.
~ It's hard to see ourselves. Therefore, It's easier to see people's error.
Buddha at Home
One guy said goodbye to his parents and look for Buddha for years. One day, he met a Zen master. And the master told him that you can find one on the way home. The person wears wrong foot shoes is the Buddha. When he got home, his old mother heard his voice, happily rushed to open the door with wrong foot shoes. He suddenly enlightened.
~ Many look for the answer outside, but many answers are inside us.
Moon and Finger
One student brought a bible to ask the Zen Master.
"I has been study this bible for years, but I still don't understand this
paragraph. Would you explain it to me?" Student asked.
~ The way to enlightenment is not from books.
Dumb and Parrot
"What is the person who feel something during the meditation and
cannot say it?" a student asked.
"What is the person who can't feel anything during the meditation and talk lots
of about the meditation?" the student asked again.
~ I guess that I'm a parrot now.
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