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  One day a girl in geisha house hailed the Japanese Zen master Mokudo by name.
He went inside and discovered that the girl was a childhood acquaintance.
The crops had failed one year in their village, and she had become a courtesan... continue...

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YOU MONK TALKATIVE
The Chinese Ch'an master Yao-shan wrote the word "Buddha," and asked Tao-wu Yuan-chih (768-835),
one of his successors:
-What is that word?
Tao-wu answered:
-It is the word "Buddha".
Yao-shan said:
-You monk talkative.
Another monk then asked:
-I am not clear, please teach me.
Yao-shan kept silent for a little while then said:
-It is not hard for me to tell you some words today, but it would be better if you immediately
realize it yourself. If you keep thinking about it, then it will be my fault. This is not as good as
if everyone keeps his mouth shut in order to not get involved.


 



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