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Teaching Story – The Great Warrior

There once lived a great warrior. Though quite old, he still was able to defeat any challenger. His reputation extended far and wide throughout the land and many students gathered to study under him. One day an infamous young warrior arrived … Continue reading

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Thinking About Tomorrow

As Nasrudin and a friend walked, it suddenly began raining hard. The friend noticed that Nasrudin was carrying an umbrella, and said, “Open your umbrella to prevent us from getting soaked.” “No,” said Nasrudin, “that won’t do us much good. This … Continue reading

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Talking

African parable: A hunter went into the bush and found a human skull. The hunter asked, “What brought you here?” The skull replied, “Talking brought me here.” Overwhelmed with his find, the hunter ran to tell the king. When the … Continue reading

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Relativizing, Dancing Around Synthesis

Paul Kugler came up in a conversation about the problem incurred by supporters of Analytical Psychology as those same supporters age without, in effect and in actuality, having created a socio-cultural succession plan. This leads to a mild synchronicity when … Continue reading

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Teaching Cartoon: Two On ‘Timing’ & a Tale

Only Enough Time to Get Where You Stand, Right The captain of a ship received a message one night, “Change your direction 15 degrees North to avoid collision”. A little indignant, the captain replied, “I am the captain of a … Continue reading

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Development

S.Calhoun – 2013 – Dervish Dancer No. 3 A boy, very attached to his pet pig, one day decided to enter it in a horse race. Much to his dismay the pig finished last and suffered the ridicule of all … Continue reading

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Teaching Story: Every Which Way the Wind Blows

Mullah Nasruddin was a digging a grave in the cemetery when from afar he saw the sand blowing in the distant desert. His imagination got the better of him and he thought it was a band of brigands. In fear … Continue reading

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The impossibility of education

Once, the villagers invited Mulla Nasruddin to deliver a lecture on spiritual matters. When he got on the pulpit, he found the audience was not very enthusiastic, so he asked “Do you know what I am going to say?” The … Continue reading

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Zen Story: Cyclin’

A Zen Teacher saw five of his students return from the market, riding their bicycles. When they had dismounted, the teacher asked the students, “Why are you riding your bicycles?” The first student replied, “The bicycle is carrying this sack … Continue reading

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Two Batesonian Teaching Cartoons

Okay. I mentioned I had this darn insight many years ago: something like a Batesonian metalogue–which are sprinkled throughout his books–seems to be discoverable in the deep structure of particular Sufi teaching stories. This old insight has evolved and this … Continue reading

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Minding the Mind

My favorite (Gregory) Batesonian teaching story, reconfigured and originally via Idries Shah. A frenchman is teaching another french rudimentary english. “So, the word for froid crème glacée is ‘cold ice cream.’ ” “What’s the word for chaude crème glacée?” “Oh, … Continue reading

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A Common Approach

A recruit was asked by a training instructor, “Give me an example of how to fool the enemy.” The recruit answered, “When you are out of ammunition, don’t let the enemy know — keep on firing!” (Idries Shah)

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Knowing Who You Are

A student approached a Zen master and asked, “What happens after we die?” The master answered, “I don’t know.” “You don’t know?” exclaimed the student. “But you are a Zen master!” “That may be true,” the master said, “but I’m … Continue reading

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Diplomacy

DIPLOMACY It had been ordered that the execution should take place in the garden of the yashiki (1). So the man was taken there, and made to kneel down in a wide sanded space crossed by a line of tobi-ishi, … Continue reading

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Teaching Story – The Ancient Hedge

Every day Nasrudin went to beg for alms in the market, and people used to make fun of him by playing the following trick: they would show him two coins, one worth ten times more than the other, and Nasrudin … Continue reading

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Teaching Story: Putting Your Head Together

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TOURIST GUIDANCE

Mullah Nasruddin went on a pilgrimage to Mecca, and on the way he passed through Medina. As he was walking by the main mosque there, a rather confused looking tourist approached him. “Excuse me sir,” said the tourist, “but you … Continue reading

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NO DO-OVER

Found under Blackfoot Creation and Origin Myths at D.S. Ashiliman’s brilliant, indexed resource of folklore. Order of Life and Death There was once a time when there were but two persons in the world, Old Man and Old Woman. One … Continue reading

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