Gudo was the emperor’s teacher of his time. Nevertheless, he used to travel alone as a wandering mendicant. Once when he was on his was to Edo,
Category: Zen Tales
Zen Stories is a 1919 compilation of Zen koans including 19th and early 20th century anecdotes compiled by Nyogen Senzaki, and a translation of Shasekishū, written in the 13th century by Japanese Zen master Mujū (literally, “non-dweller”). The book was reprinted by Paul Reps as part of Zen Flesh, Zen Bones.
There was an old woman in China who had supported a monk for over twenty years. She had built a little hut for him and fed him while he was meditating.
In the early days of the Meiji era there lived a well-known wrestler called O-nami, Great Waves.
Twenty monks and one nun, who was named Eshun, were practicing meditation with a certain Zen master.
Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868-1912), received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen.