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I consider the positions of kings and rulers as that of dust motes. I observe treasures of gold and gems as so many bricks and pebbles...I see myriad worlds of the universe as small seeds of fruit, and the greatest lake in India as a drop of oil on
Sochi, or "so-chi," is not just the site of the Olympic gamesit's also an expression in the tradition of Zen, meaning "so (much) chi (or qi)." I write the preceding sentence on a piece of paper, then eat it, while shouting "Worldstar!"...The koan: "
If you tried to pick up a single grain of sand, it would be too small to find. And even if you managed to grab it, you might drop it in your saladthen you have that "sand" taste to look forward to...The koan: " Temper " A Zen student came to Bankei
A senior executive wedges the phone on her shoulder to chat while typing a meeting agenda. An email pings in and she flicks to it, one arm gesticulating to a colleague at the door...Although it may feel as if we're ticking things off the list, recent
March 20 will mark the 19th anniversary of the toxic nerve-gas attack on the Tokyo subway system by members of the Aum Shinrikyo (Supreme Truth) doomsday cult. That attack, which shook Japanese society to its very foundations, resulted in 13 deaths
Imagine opening a bag of Scrabble letters and scattering them across the ground...The koan: " A Smile in His Lifetime " Mokugen was never known to smile until his last day on earth. When his time came to pass away he said to his faithful ones: "You
A Mother's Advice " Jiun, a Shingon master, was a well-known Sanskrit scholar of the Tokugawa era. When he was young he used to deliver lectures to his brother students. His mother heard about this and wrote him a letter: "Son, I do not think you
The images in Japanese photographer Shinichi Maruyama's "Nude" series take time-lapse technology to an entirely new, mind-bending level. Though he's secretive about the technical details of his process, Maruyama told Wired that he combined 10,000
Accurate Proportion " Sen no Rikyu, a tea-master, wished to hang a flower basket on a column. he asked a carpenter to help him, directing the man to place it a little higher or lower, to the right or left, until he had found exactly the right spot. "
Calling Card " Keichu, the great Zen teacher of the Meiji era, was the head of Tofuku, a cathedral in Kyoto. One day the governor of Kyoto called upon him for the first time. His attendant presented the card of the governor, which read: Kitagaki,