Friday, November 21, 2008

'Zen stories to tell your neighbours'

I just finished reading 'Zen stories to tell your neighbours' and I must say that I enjoyed it very very much. It's got almost 50 stories along with their explanations and almost all of the stories are centred around philosophy.

Every story has a bunch of reactions from lay people as to what they thought about the story and its meaning. And that's what makes this collection so meaningful cause you have so many view points about the same fable that makes you smila and ponder
at the same time.

Here is one of the stories from that book-
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. Suddenly, without any warning, her parents discovered she was with child.

This made her parents very angry. She would not confess who the man was, but after much harassment at last named Hakuin.

In great anger the parents went to the master. "Is that so?" was all he would say.

When the child was born, the parents brought it to the Hakuin, who now was viewed as a pariah by the whole village. They demanded that he take care of the child since it was his responsibility. “Is that so?” Hakuin said calmly as he accepted the child.

A year later the girl-mother could stand it no longer. She told her parents the truth - that the real father of the child was a young man who worked in the fishmarket.

The mother and father of the girl at once went to Hakuin to ask his forgiveness, to apologize at length, and to get the child back again.

Hakuin was willing. In yielding the child, all he said was: "Is that so?"

Please do download a copy of that book from the below link .

Its truly worth your time.


Rockus said...

Seems to be a good book. Thanks for sharing the link!

B said...

Yes rockus-
It is a good book..I found all the stories to be very good and it imparts a lot of knowledge.

The Layman said...

Thanks for the link.
Reading them one by one now :)