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These are Bamboos – A Zen Story

These are Bamboos – A Zen Story


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These are Bamboos – A Zen Story

Here is an esoteric Zen story about a Master who explains Buddha's teachings to a disciple in a unique and seemingly strange way.

A man who heard about Buddha's life started longing to reach higher states within himself just like the Buddha did.

He met many masters and enquired about the Buddha, but he was not satisfied with their explanations. Then one person told him that there was a master living on the peak of ce...

So the man trekked up the difficult mountain path, finally reached the master's hut and entered. He noticed there were many disciples there already. The master was talking to his many disciples. When he saw this man, the master asked him to come closer and asked him, "What do you want?"


"Oh! Please be seated. I will tell you after all of them leave," said the Zen master.

The man was satisfied. He concluded that this master must be really good for so many disciples to gather around him. The master spoke with each of his disciples and then sent them on their way. Finally, h...

The master then pointed to other bamboo shoots that were off to the side and asked, "When you look at these, what do you see?"

The man said, "That bamboo is tall. This bamboo has not yet grown up and is short."

The master said, "These are bamboos!" and started walking back to his hu...

The conclusions people draw from their five senses are predominantly in comparison with something else.

  • Comparison is only needed to conduct our affairs in day-to-day life.
  • ...

If you want to perceive life in its true dimension, you must stop comparing and making conclusions that this is high or low, tall or short, beautiful or ugly.

If you touch something that is cold, it just means that your body is hot.

Whether it is Buddha's teaching or the basics of Yoga, it is just about perceiving life the way it is. For this to happen, you have to move beyond what is recorded by the five senses.

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