What is Zen? I don't know the complete answer. So I cannot tell you what Zen is. But we can listen to 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 the ocean all the time. What's the ocean?" A baby fish in
the ocean asked grandpa fish.
"Your surroundings is the ocean," grandpa said.
"How come I cannot see the ocean?" baby fish questioned.
"Ocean is inside you and outside you as well. You were born in the ocean and will die back in the ocean eventually. The ocean surrounds you is just like your body surrounds yourself," grandpa continued.
"... ???" baby 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 who wondered how to cross the river on the road. The old monk asked the lady's permission to carry her to cross the river. Two monks continued their journey for hours.
"We are a monk, we shouldn't close to the girl. Why did you do that?" the young
monk raised the question.
"Oh! that girl. I have put her down hours ago, Why are you still holding her?" the old monk replied.
~ 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 years later?" One guy asked the master monk that.
"I will become an animal, then go to the hell," the master said.
"You are a good man. No way you will go to hell," the man smiled.
"If I don't go to the hell, then no one can save you in the hell," the monk replied.
~ Zen is everywhere.
Zen is Nothing
"You have been studying Zen in most of your past life. What can you get from
there?" A guy asked Zen Mater.
"Nothing!" Zen Master smiled.
~ 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 end. 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.
"I had told you that it has no name. Why you want to call it Zen or Dao?" the Master said.
~ Zen has no name and no description.
One Chinese calligrapher using a writing brush painted a bamboo landscape. He colored bamboo in red.
"Bamboo should always be painted in black." one guy commented.
"Have you ever seen a black bamboo?' the painter replied.
~ 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. On the first night, one student sensed the ground movement.
"Earthquake!" that student reacted quickly.
"We shouldn't say a word," another student said.
"Why do both of you want to talk?" the third student commented.
"Only I didn't say anything," the last student smiled and said.
~ It's hard to see ourselves. Therefore, It's easier to see people's errors.
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 who wears the 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 was suddenly enlightened.
~ Many people 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 have been studying this bible for years, but I still don't understand this
paragraph. Would you explain it to me?" Student asked.
'I didn't take education, I can't recognize the characters. Please read that to me," Zen master said.
"You even don't know the characters, how do you know the truth?" the student wondered.
"The true and characters are no connection. True is like the moon in the sky. Characters are like my finger. If the finger points to the moon, then it helps people to find the moon. But I know where the moon (true) is. I don't need a finger to tell me where the moon (true) is," the master answered.
~ The way to enlightenment is not from books.
Dumb and Parrot
"What is the person who feels something during the meditation and
cannot say it?" a student asked.
"'A dumb tastes honey," the Master answered.
"What is the person who can't feel anything during the meditation and talk lots
of about the meditation?" the student asked again.
"Parrot talks." the Master replied.
~ I guess that I'm a parrot now.