Zen Stories is a 1919 compilation of Zen koans including 19th and early 20th century anecdotes compiled by Nyogen Senzaki, and a translation of Shasekishū, written in the 13th century by Japanese Zen master Mujū (literally, “non-dweller”). The book was reprinted by Paul Reps as part of Zen Flesh, Zen Bones.

No Loving – Kindness

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There was an old woman in China who had supported a monk for over twenty years. She had built a little hut for him and fed him while he was meditating.

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Great Waves

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In the early days of the Meiji era there lived a well-known wrestler called O-nami, Great Waves.

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A Cup of Tea

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Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868-1912), received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen.

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Obedience

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The master Bankei's talks were attended not only by Zen students but by persons of all ranks and sects. He never quoted sutras nor indulged in scholastic dissertations.

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The Moon Cannot Be Stolen

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Ryokan, a Zen master, lived the simplest kind of life in a little hut at the foot of a mountain. One evening a thief visited the hut only to discover there was nothing in it to steal.

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Is That So?

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The Zen master Hakuin was praised by his neighbors as one living a pure life. A beautiful Japanese girl whose parents owned a food store lived near him.

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