Archive for January, 2011

Posted by Samyo On January - 23 - 2011 0 Comment

AUTOBIOGRAPHY IN FIVE SHORT CHAPTERS by Portia Nelson Chapter I I walk down the street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk I fall in. I am lost … I am helpless. It isn’t my fault. It takes me forever to find a way out. Chapter II I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I pretend I don’t see it. I fall in again. I can’t believe I am in the same place but, it isn’t my fault. It still takes a long time to get out. Chapter III I walk down the same  [ Read More ]

Posted by Samyo On January - 23 - 2011 0 Comment

Once a division of the Japanese army was engaged in a sham battle, and some of the officers found it necessary to make their headquarters in Gasan’s temple. Gasan told his cook: “Let the officers have only the same simple fare we eat.” This made the army men angry, as they wre used to very deferential treatment. One came to Gasan and said: “Who do you think we are? We are soldiers, sacrificing our lives for our country. Why don’t you treat us accordingly?” Gasan answered sternly: “Who do you think we are? We are soldiers of humanity, aiming to  [ Read More ]

Posted by Samyo On January - 23 - 2011 0 Comment

A university professor went to visit a famous Zen master. While the master quietly served tea, the professor talked about Zen. The master poured the visitor’s cup to the brim, and then kept pouring. The professor watched the overflowing cup until he could no longer restrain himself. “It’s overfull! No more will go in!” the professor blurted. “You are like this cup,” the master replied, How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup.” Do I need to say anything more ?

Posted by Samyo On January - 23 - 2011 0 Comment

A Family of Burglars Noticing that his father was growing old, the son of a burglar asked his father to teach him the trade so that he could carry on the family business after his father had retired. The father agreed, and that night they broke into a house together. Opening a large chest the father told his son to go in and pick out the clothing. As soon as the boy was inside, the father locked the chest and then made a lot of noise so that the whole house was aroused. Then he slipped quietly away. Locked inside  [ Read More ]

Posted by Samyo On January - 23 - 2011 0 Comment

The Story of the Ten Zen Bulls My personal journey with the Ten Zen Bulls has been more than a decade, and a truly beautiful part of my life. There is no doubt the world is changing, looking for something illusive. In sharing this metaphor and my musings, it is my hope and desire that others seek “The Inward Road” and find the way home to the truth of themselves and to the freedom & responsibility that truth provides. As for the Bulls themselves. In the twelfth century the Chinese master Kakuan drew the pictures of the ten bulls, basing  [ Read More ]

Posted by Samyo On January - 1 - 2011 0 Comment

Well I suppose it would make sense that in my first foray into the world of blogging I should define what I mean by using “Spiritual &  Bloke” in the one sentence. Perhaps the best place to start is not with my words, but rather those oft poorly quoted words from the Temple of Delphi, which read in full: “I warn you, whoever you are… Oh, you who wish to probe the arcanes of nature, if you do not find within yourself that which you seek, neither shall you be able to find it outside. If you ignore the excellencies  [ Read More ]