The sage Takuan had many followers. Among them was an old man, whose name no one remembered. He was a bit weird. One day, this old man sent his servant to Takuan to invite the master to a meal after the ceremony. "However modest my food is, I want Takuan to taste my boiled rice… Continue reading Kindness
Stop complaining about difficulties and start shooting said the Master to the desciple. "Master, - once asked the desciple, - why there are difficulties that prevent us from reaching the goal, reject us from the chosen path, try to make us recognize our weakness?" "What you call difficulties," - Master replied, - "is in fact… Continue reading The shoot.
One peasant for many years every evening turned to God with the same prayer: "Lord, I suffer every day from the fact that there is no man more unfortunate than me on earth. Every day I ask myself the question, for what sins you made me the most unfortunate of people. All my life I… Continue reading Own burden.
Two peasants lived next door. One of them was famous for its thick beard and diligence, and his neighbor with a red mustache was envious. He could not close his eyes when the bearded man was getting on well, and sincerely laughed at his failures. Once the bearded man laid down a cart and went… Continue reading Luck or unluck…
One person certainly wanted to become a disciple of the true Master and, having decided to check the correctness of his choice, asked the Master this question: "Can you explain to me what is the purpose of life?" "I cannot," the answer came. "Then at least tell me - what is its meaning?" - asked… Continue reading A pie.
One day a donkey fell into a well and began to yell loudly, calling for help. At his screams, the owner of the donkey came running and spread his hands but for him was impossible to pull the donkey out of the well. And then the owner reasoned like this: "My donkey is already old,… Continue reading The donkey.
One day the Teacher asked the disciples: "Three frogs sat on the beam. One of them decided to jump into the water. How many frogs are left on the log? "Three ..." - one of them answered hesitantly. "Of course, three frogs, - the Teacher smiled. - Because the frog just decided to jump but… Continue reading Three frogs.
Once upon a time there was one very quick-tempered and unrestrained young man. One day his father gave him a bag of nails and ordered him every time he did not keep his anger, he has to beat one nail into the fence post. On the first day in the column were several dozen of… Continue reading The nails.
The disciple asked the teacher: "You are so wise." You are always in a good mood, never angry. Help me to be like that. The teacher agreed and asked the pupil to bring some potatoes and a transparent bag. "If you get angry with someone and harbor resentment," the teacher said, "then take one of… Continue reading The potatoes.
There once lived a woodcutter, who was in a very distressed situation. He existed on insignificant sums of money, earned for firewood, which he brought to the city on himself from the nearest forest. One day a sage, who was passing along the road, saw him at work and advised him to go further into… Continue reading Go ahead!
The disciple asked the Master: "How true are the words that happiness is not in money?" He replied that they are completely faithful. And to prove it is simple; _ You can buy a bed for money, but not a dream. _ Food, but not appetite. _ Medicines, but not health. _ Servants, but not… Continue reading Money can not buy happiness.
One man in childhood was very close to his old neighbor. But the time passed, there has been the school and hobbies, then work and personal life. Every minute the young man was busy, and he did not have time to recall the past or even to stay with friends. Once he heard that the… Continue reading Most valuable.
In one poor village was born a boy. He spent his days senselessly, mechanically and monotonously, as well as the rest of the inhabitants of this dying little village, not knowing what to do with one's own life. In one fine night, he dreamed of the sea. None of the villagers have ever seen the… Continue reading The dream.
One woman complained to a neighbor about a friend who had offended her. The neighbor reassured her and persuaded her to forgive her friend. "Forgive her?" But how is it? After what she did to me? She's so mean! No, I cannot forgive evil, - said the woman. - And anyway, why should I love… Continue reading What is better…
Early in the morning, when the Master was walking with his disciples in the garden, a young man approached them. Somewhat embarrassed, he greeted the Master and his disciples, and then asked: "Teacher, I love one girl very much, and our parents do not mind us being married, but I'm overcome by fears and doubts."… Continue reading The payment.