View from a moving train

By Jakusho Kwong Roshi Whenever I give a talk, the listeners and I may find ourselves in a paradoxical situation: as words and phrases can often become abstractions, I try to explain something that can’t be explained, and the listeners try to hear something that can’t be heard. Since by necessity this is the situation, we can sympathize with each other—me …

Big day for vegetables

There were two Zen temples; each had a child protégé. One child going to obtain vegetables each morning would meet the other on the way. ‘Where are you going?’ asked the one. ‘I am going wherever my feet go.’ the other responded. This reply puzzled the first child who went to his teacher for help. ‘Tomorrow morning,’ the teacher told …

Have a cup of tea

JOSHU asked a monk who appeared for the first time in the hall, “Have I ever seen you here before?” The monk answered, “No sir, you have not.” “Then have a cup of tea,” said Joshu. He turned to another monk. “Have I ever seen you here before?” he said. “Yes sir, of course you have,” said the second monk. …