OLD BRANCHES IN NEW CUPS

A monk asked Kegon, “How does an enlightened one return to the ordinary world?” Kegon replied, “A broken mirror never reflects again; fallen flowers never go back to the old branches.”

Zen joke from: Lighter Side of Zen Buddhism:

Q: What did one Zen practitioner give to another for his/her birthday?

A: Nothing.

Q: What did the birthday boy/girl respond in return?

A: You are thoughtless for giving me this meaningless gift.

To which the giver replied, “Thank you.”

Irreverent Zen joke from: Laughing Librarian

A young patron approached the Zen Librarian and asked, “What is the formula for the volume of a cylinder?” The Zen Librarian answered, “Please get me a cup of coffee.”

101 Zen Stories

Zen Koans – Study (links) | 101 Zen Koans | Zen Koans 1* |

Commentaries – Comments on the Paradoxality of Koans (M. Levin) |
Dogen GZenji’s Genjo Koan Lecture

Zen Buddhism – General Resources

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