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Qui Jun and the Arrogant Monk

There once lived a monk called Shan, in a village in China. He had earned a great name for himself. But he was very arrogant. Qui Jun heard of his arrogance and wanted to teach the monk a lesson. He went to meet Shan who neither greeted him nor acknowledged his presence. Just then a servant of the monk came with...

Modesty Pays

There once lived a proud driver in Qi, a state in China. He was the driver of the Prime Minister of the state. One day the Prime Minister happened to drive through the street where the driver lived with his wife. Some neighbour's saw him drive the Prime Minister and were excited. One of the neighbours ran to the driver's...

The Instructor

A young man wanted to learn the art of sword fighting. He went to the greatest instructor in the land and said, "Please give me admission and teach me sword fighting." The instructor gladly accepted him a student and said, "Young man you can stay with me and learn this art." In the days that followed the instructor gave him many...

Silence is Golden

Once upon a time, a Chinese student once went to his teacher. He asked his teacher a question: "Sir, is there any good in talking a lot?" The teacher replied: "Toads and frogs croak night and day, but no one pays any attention to them. But the cock crows at a certain time of night and wakes up everyone." The teacher smiled...

Learning to Act

There once lived a brilliant student. He was on a quest to acquire more and more knowledge. Then he heard of a great Zen teacher to whom he travelled long to meet. On arriving at the teacher's feet, he said, "Master teach me." The Zen master received the student with a smile. He inquired about him. He asked in detail all that...

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