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#257677 - 05/27/06 12:29 PM Three zen stories, what do ya think?
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Martial arts student went to his teacher and said earnestly, "I am devoted to studying your martial system. How long will it take me to master it." The teacher's reply was casual, "Ten years." Impatiently, the student answered, "But I want to master it faster than that. I will work very hard. I will practice everyday, ten or more hours a day if I have to. How long will it take then?" The teacher thought for a moment, "20 years."





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During the civil wars in feudal Japan, an invading army would quickly sweep into a town and take control. In one particular village, everyone fled just before the army arrived - everyone except the Zen master. Curious about this old fellow, the general went to the temple to see for himself what kind of man this master was. When he wasn't treated with the deference and submissiveness to which he was accustomed, the general burst into anger. "You fool," he shouted as he reached for his sword, "don't you realize you are standing before a man who could run you through without blinking an eye!" But despite the threat, the master seemed unmoved. "And do you realize," the master replied calmly, "that you are standing before a man who can be run through without blinking an eye?"



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Student once asked his teacher, "Master, what is enlightenment?"

The master replied, "When hungry, eat. When tired, sleep."
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#257678 - 05/29/06 11:11 AM Re: Three zen stories, what do ya think? [Re: Steel91]
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"You fool," he shouted as he reached for his sword, "don't you realize you are standing before a man who could run you through without blinking an eye!" But despite the threat, the master seemed unmoved. "And do you realize," the master replied calmly, "that you are standing before a man who can be run through without blinking an eye?"



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#257679 - 05/29/06 07:01 PM Re: Three zen stories, what do ya think? [Re: Kosh]
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I've heard a longer version of the first story. As for the second, great story.

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#257680 - 09/03/07 07:05 AM Re: Three zen stories, what do ya think? [Re: Mr_Heretik]
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Awesome stories!
And pretty funny and thought provoking too!
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