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Who Was Bodhidharma and Why Did He Go to China?
Who was Bodhidharma and why did he go to China? Sadhguru narrates the story of the prince from the Pallava kingdom in Southern India who brought Zen to China.
Nov 4, 2021
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Life and Death – A Zen Story
In this intriguing Zen Story, Jingxuan walks out on his own master when he refuses to answer his question about life and death. Find out how the same question leads him to his own enlightenment, much later.
Oct 8, 2020
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In a Mustard Seed – A Zen Story
This Zen story from the Tang dynasty is about Li Bo who was a learned scholar. Find out what happens when he meets the Zen master Zizank and asks him a scholarly question.
Sep 13, 2020
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The Right Guru – A Zen Story
A beautiful Zen story that illustrates the difference between an authentic Zen master and one who has other motives…
Aug 5, 2020
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Everything Is Empty – A Zen Story
In this Zen story, Master Dokuon puts the samurai Tesshu to the test. Sadhguru uses the story to illustrate the difference between authentic realization and a mere repetition of gathered words.
Jul 18, 2020
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Helping a Lady Across the River – A Zen Story
This is a striking story about the Zen master Tanzan and how he imparts an important lesson to a younger monk in his own subtle and gentle way.
Jun 13, 2020
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Learning Zen from a Dog
Sadhguru explains the hidden meaning behind a strange teaching given by a Zen Master.
May 17, 2020
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The Best Place to Be - A Zen Story
A new disciple asked his widely travelled Zen master, "You have been to many places in the world. Which is the best place in the summer? Which is the best place during monsoon? Which is the best place to go during the winter?"
Mar 26, 2020
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These are Bamboos – A Zen Story
Here is an esoteric Zen story about a Master who explains Buddha's teachings to a disciple in a unique and seemingly strange way.
Feb 24, 2020
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Nothing to Get – A Zen Story
An enlightened Zen monk runs into a novice from another monastery and answers his question about what he got from his own monastery – nothing!
Jan 21, 2020
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The Path to Nirvana – A Zen Story
Many spiritual aspirants looking for the path to Nirvana or ultimate freedom end up going around in circles. But the path to Nirvana lies under one’s very feet.
Nov 25, 2019
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Making Tea For a Lazy Disciple – A Zen Story
In this blog, Sadhguru shares his perspective on an ancient Zen parable about finding full expression to one’s capabilities.
Oct 9, 2019
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The Blind Man and the Lamp – A Zen Story
Rituals are a part and parcel of the Indian culture. But are rituals still relevant or is it just like a blind man carrying a lamp?
Jul 30, 2019
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A Zen Story: The Buffalo’s Tail
Eager disciples stoke their Zen master to tell a story. They listen attentively because it will be followed by a question. But something isn’t right about the ending. Sadhguru unravels the hidden message.
Jun 25, 2019
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Will the Buddha Save Him? – A Zen Story
Sadhguru narrates a story that a Zen master told his disciples. Then the master asks, “What is wrong with this story?” The disciples missed the point, but can you find out?
Apr 15, 2019
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