29 Feb

A Way in the Woods

Zen has inherited certain elements of Taoism, such as the famous quote from the Tao Te Ching:

The Way that can be described is not the true Way.

The following Zen story from http://www.101zenstories.com/index.php?story=rand is reflective of that heritage.

What Are You Doing! What Are You Saying!

In modern times a great deal of nonsense is talked about masters and disciples, and about the inheritance of a master’s teaching by favorite pupils, entitling them to pass the truth on to their adherents. Of course Zen should be imparted in this way, from heart to heart, and in the past it was really accomplished. Silence and humility reigned rather than profession and assertion. The one who received such a teaching kept the matter hidden even after twenty years. Not until another discovered through his own need that a real master was at hand was it learned that the teching had…

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