Living naturally is Enlightenment

Ancient Words of Wisdom Zen Stories

The Last Poem of Hoshin

The Zen master Hoshin lived in China many years. Then he returned to the northeastern part of Japan, where he taught his disciples. When he was getting very old, he told them a story he had heard in China. This is the story: 

One year on the twenty-fifth of December, Tokufu, who was very old, said to his disciples: “I am not going to be alive next year so you fellows should treat me well this year.” 

The pupils thought he was joking, but since he was a great-hearted teacher each of them in turn treated him to a feast on succeeding days of the departing year. 

On the eve of the new year, Tokufu concluded: “You have been good to me. I shall leave you tomorrow afternoon when the snow has stopped.”

The disciples laughed, thinking he was aging and talking nonsense since the night was clear and without snow. But at midnight snow began to fall, and the next day they did not find their teacher about. They went to the meditation hall. There he had passed on. 

Hoshin, who related this story, told his disciples: “It is not necessary for a Zen master to predict his passing, but if he really wishes to do so, he can.” 

“Can you?” someone asked. 

“Yes,” answered Hoshin. “I will show you what I can do seven days from now.” 

None of the disciples believed him, and most of them had even forgotten the conversation when Hoshin next called them together. 

“Seven days ago,” he remarked, “I said I was going to leave you. It is customary to write a farewell poem, but I am neither poet nor calligrapher. Let one of you inscribe my last words.” 

His followers thought he was joking, but one of them started to write. 

“Are you ready?” Hoshin asked. 

“Yes, sir,” replied the writer. 

Then Hoshin dictated: 

I came from brilliancy. And return to brilliancy. What is this? 

The poem was one line short of the customary four, so the disciple said: “Master, we are one line short.” 

Hoshin, with the roar of a conquering lion, shouted “Kaa!” and was gone. 

ram0ram footnote :-

Birth is like start of the film ….. death is like end of the film ,

life is to watch the film to know our role and God’s part.

if we live naturally ….we will die naturally .

living naturally is enlightenment .

love all.

(c) ram0ram

freedom to right copy and share

Enlightenment : 6

Person’s face is the mirror of inside ,

now scientist find


half face represents  left brain with logical intelligence ,


other half represents  right brain with emotional intelligence ,


mind is the bridge between the two.


harmony increases in the mind between them so also awareness.


then person vibrate in the  frequency of love and peace ,


reflects in the eyes and on the face of enlightened ,

we call them Buddha.

love all.

(c) ram0ram

freedom to right copy and share.

the gates of paradise and hell

Zen Stories

the gates of paradise and hell

A soldier named Nobushige came to Hakuin, and asked: “Is there really a paradise and a hell?”

“Who are you?” inquired Hakuin.

“I am a samurai,” the warrior replied.

“You, a soldier!” exclaimed Hakuin. “What kind of ruler would have you as his guard? Your face looks like that of a beggar.”

Nobushige became so angry that he began to draw his sword, but Hakuin continued: “So you have a sword! Your weapon is probably much too dull to cut off my head.”

As Nobushige drew his sword Hakuin remarked: “Here open the gates of hell!”

At these words the samurai, perceiving the master’s discipline, sheathed his sword and bowed.

“Here open the gates of paradise,” said Hakuin.

Not Far From Buddhahood

Ancient Words of Wisdom
Zen Stories
Not Far From Buddhahood
A university student while visiting Gasan asked him:
“Have you even read the Christian Bible?”“No, read it to me,” said Gasan.

The student opened the Bible and read from St. Matthew:

“And why take ye thought for raiment? 

Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow.

They toil not, neither do they spin,

and yet I say unto you

that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these…

Take therefore no thought for the morrow,

for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.”

Gasan said: “Whoever uttered those words I consider and enlightened man.”

The student continued reading:

“Ask and it shall be given you,

seek and ye shall find,

knock and it shall be opened unto you.

For everyone that asketh receiveth,


he that seeketh findeth,


to him that knocketh, is shall be opened.”

Gasan remarked: “That is excellent.

Whoever said that is not far from Buddhahood.”

ram0ram footnote …..

knockout ego before knocking …..

one minus one is zero …..

once zero always zero ….

zero is Buddhahood or enlightenment ……

conversations with God .

love all.

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