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Rick McDaniel is the author of "Cypress Trees in the Garden: The Second Generation of Zen Teaching in America"
Rick McDaniel is the author of "Cypress Trees in the Garden: The Second Generation of Zen Teaching in America"

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318 – A Pity to Have to Say So
                Shortly after a young monk
achieved kensho—his first experience of enlightenment—his master took him for a
walk along a mountain path, in order to deepen his experience.                 The monk was familiar with the
trail they followed, but...

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317 – St. John Climacus
                The Dutch Catholic, Henri
Nouwen, once justified his writing on spiritual matters by quoting the 7th
century monastic, Saint John Climacus.                 “If
some remain dominated by their former bad habits and yet can teach, let them do
s...

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316 – What Happens to the Enlightened Man After Death?
                The retired emperor, Go-Yozei, inquired of Gudo Toshoku, “A man who comes to enlightenment—what
happens to him after he dies?”                 “I
don’t know,” Gudo admitted.                 “You
don’t know? Aren’t you an enlightened teacher?...

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315 – A Visit to a Rabbi
                A Hassidic student traveled a
long distance to visit a famous rabbi. When he returned, his friends asked,
“Did you go to visit the rabbit to hear him expound the Torah?”                 “No, I didn’t, as a matter of
fact,” the student replie...

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314 – Tanxia Tianran
                One winter’s
night, Tanxia Tianran took shelter at an empty temple in the capital.   The weather was very bitter, and Tianran
struggled to keep warm.   Eventually he
took one of the three wooden Buddhas he found on an altar and broke it into...

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313 – The Tyrant of Syracuse
                An
ancient philosopher once visited the tyrant of Syracuse in Sicily. The tyrant
told him all about his plans for the future, his schemes and projected
conquests, finally saying to the philosopher: “After all of this has been
accomplished, a...
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