These koans, or parables, were translated into English from a book called the Shaseki-shu (Collection of Stone and Sand), written late in the thirteenth century by the Japanese Zen teacher Muju (the "non-dweller"), and from anecdotes of Zen monks taken from various books published in Japan around the turn of the 20th century.

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1. A Cup of Tea
4. Obedience
7. Announcement
10. The Last Poem of Hoshin
13. A Buddha
16. Not Far from Buddhahood
19. The First Principle
22. My Heart Burns Like Fire
25. Three Days More
28. Open Your Own Treasure House
31. Everything Is Best
34. A Smile in His Lifetime
37. Publishing the Sutras
40. In Dreamland
43. Zen in a Beggar's Life
46. How Grass & Trees Become Enlightened
49. Black-Nosed Buddha
52. Your Light May Go Out
55. The Tea-Master & the Assassin
58. Arresting the Stone Buddha
61. Gudo and the Emperor
64. Kasan Sweat
67. What Are You Doing!
70. The Most Valuable Thing in the World
73. Ten Successors
76. The Stone Mind
79. Incense Burner
82. Nothing Exists
85. Time to Die
88. How To Write a Chinese Poem
91. The Taste of Banzo's Sword
94. Midnight Excursion
97. Teaching the Ultimate
100. The Silent Temple
2. Finding a Diamond on a Muddy Road
5. If You Love, Love Openly
8. Great Waves
11. Story of Shunkai
14. Muddy Road
17. Stingy in Teaching
20. A Mother's Advice
23. Eshun's Departure
26. Trading Dialogue for Lodging
29. No Water, No Moon
32. Inch Time Foot Gem
35. Every-Minute Zen
38. Gisho's Work
41. Joshu's Zen
44. The Thief Who Became a Disciple
47. The Stingy Artist
50. Ryonen's Clear Realization
53. The Giver Should Be Thankful
56. The True Path
59. Soldiers of Humanity
62. In the Hands of Destiny
65. The Subjugation of a Ghost
68. One Note of Zen
71. Learning To Be Silent
74. True Reformation
77. No Attachment to Dust
80. The Real Miracle
83. No Work, No Food
86. The Living Buddha & the Tubmaker
89. Zen Dialogue
92. Fire-Poker Zen
95. A Letter to a Dying Man
98. Non-Attachment
101. Buddha's Zen
3. Is That So?
6. No Loving-Kindness
9. The Moon Cannot Be Stolen
12. Happy Chinaman
15. Shoun & His Mother
18. A Parable
21. Sound of One Hand
24. Reciting Sutras
27. Voice of Happiness
30. Calling Card
33. Mokusen's Hand
36. Flower Shower
39. Sleeping in the Daytime
42. The Dead Man's Answer
45. Right & Wrong
48. Accurate Proportion
51. Sour Miso
54. The Last Will & Testament
57. The Gates of Paradise
60. The Tunnel
63. Killing
66. Children of His Majesty
69. Eating the Blame
72. The Blockhead Lord
75. Temper
78. Real Prosperity
81. Just Go To Sleep
84. True Friends
87. Three Kinds of Disciples
90. The Last Rap
93. Storyteller's Zen
96. A Drop of Water
99. Tosui's Vinegar
 

 
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