A Gal Walks Into a Zendo …

A gal walks into a Zendo. She sits for an hour and a half in Zazen practice (Zen Meditation) with kinhin practice (walking meditation).

The teacher then gives a dharma talk and asks if there are any questions.

She asks the teacher. “I would like to ask the sangha a question if I may.”

The teacher agrees.

“Thank you. There are countless sordid stories of male Zen masters sleeping with students and taking advantage of the student/teacher relationship. This is wrong on many levels but is quite common. So ladies, does this teacher actually fulfill your emotional needs for release or does he just please himself?”

Several women raised eyebrows, and one snorted a laugh. Finally, the dumpy girl in the corner replied.

“He sucks.”

“Thank you for the honesty,” she replied.

Another woman said, “He’s got faults, but his Zen is good.”

The teacher asked humbly. “Any other questions?”

Nobody had any other questions.

They then served the tea. The next morning, the Zazen bell rang on schedule for the monthly Zazenkai (all day sit) and she sat clearly the entire day.

The teacher came to her afterward and gave her a gassho and said, “Thank you.”

“Stop it,” she said.

“I will, because of you.”

She sat with that Sanga for over a decade.

2 thoughts on “A Gal Walks Into a Zendo …

    • I do hope you read the parable series and give me feedback! They’ll be short for the most part. I’m trying to capture the religious experience in parables and show us how we are all alike and how amazing the religious experience really is. Its effort is inspired by the Dalai Lama’s book “Toward a True Kinship of Faiths.”

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