Clinging to the Past

One day and old monk and young monk were walking back from the village. As they came to the river crossing the water was high and running fast. A young woman was standing at the side of the river, beautifully dressed and wondering how she was going to cross.The old...

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A Blokes View on the Journey

Bloke Know Thyself Perhaps the best place to start this blog is not with my words, but rather those oft poorly quoted words from the Temple of Delphi, which read in full: “I warn you, whoever you are… Oh, you who wish to probe the arcanes of nature, if...

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The Tiger who thought he was a sheep

The Tiger who thought he was a sheep. One of my favorite stories is an Indian tale about a little tiger who loses his parents at birth. This poor baby tiger wandered around for some time, looking for his mother. Lost and hungry he came upon a flock of...

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What is Zen

Zen is very simple… Who are you? In this whole world everyone searches for happiness outside, but few souls find the inner path. Everybody says, “I” – “I want this, I am like that…” But nobody understands this “I.” Can you remember before you were born, did your I...

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A Family of Burglars

A Family of Burglars Noticing that his father was growing old, the son of a burglar asked his father to teach him the trade so that he could carry on the family business after his father had retired. The father agreed, and that night they broke into a house...

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The story of the Ten Zen Bulls

The Story of the Ten Zen Bulls My personal journey with the 10 Zen Bulls has been nearly a decade, and a truly beautiful part of my life. And for want of a better metaphor this business is inspired by the 10th Bull in this story. There is no...

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The 1st Zen Bull

1. The Search for the Bull In the pasture of this world, I endlessly push aside the tall grasses in search of the bull. Following unnamed rivers, lost upon the interpenetrating paths of distant mountains, My strength failing and my vitality exhausted, I cannot find the bull. I only...

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The 2nd Zen Bull

2. Discovering the Footprints Along the riverbank under the trees, I discover footprints! Even under the fragrant grass I see his prints. Deep in remote mountains they are found. These traces no more can be hidden than one’s nose, looking heavenward. Comment: Understanding the teaching, I see the footprints...

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The 3rd Zen Bull

3. Perceiving the Bull I hear the song of the nightingale. The sun is warm, the wind is mild, willows are green along the shore, Here no bull can hide! What artist can draw that massive head, those majestic horns? Comment: When one hears the voice, one can sense...

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The 4th Zen Bull

4. Catching the Bull I seize him with a terrific struggle. His great will and power are inexhaustible. He charges to the high plateau far above the cloud-mists, Or in an impenetrable ravine he stands. Comment: He dwelt in the forest a long time, but I caught him today!...

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