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*by Norman Fischer (originally published at Buddhadharma Magazine – Spring 2014.)   From the beginning, Norman Fischer never had much use for … buddha-statue-in-dojo-330x230-3706290  Tenzo Kyokun was compiled by Dogen Zenji when he was thirty-eight and was living at Koshoji in Uji. This is … buddhist-nun-and-monks-330x230-3731739 Twenty monks and one nun, who was named Eshun, were practicing meditation with a certain Zen master. Eshun was very … the_silent_temple-330x230-9763806 The Silent Temple Shoichi was a one-eyed teacher of Zen, sparkling with enlightenment. He taught his disciples in Tofuku temple. … ryokan_children-330x230-5616868 Who says my poems are poems? My poems are not poems. When you know that my poems are not poems, … o-nami-330x230-2352354 In the early days of the Meiji era there lived a well-known wrestler called O-nami, Great Waves. O-nami was immensely … obedience-330x230-9321652 Obedience The master Bankei’s talks were attended not only by Zen students but by persons of all ranks and sects. … is-that-so-330x230-6516950 Is That So? The Zen master Hakuin was praised by his neighbours as one living a pure life. A beautiful … diamond-on-a-muddy-road-e1475956613442-5312133 Gudo was the emperor’s teacher of his time. Nevertheless, he used to travel alone as a wandering mendicant. Once when …

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