Washing up

Two monks worked in the kitchen of a large monastery.


A priest was in charge of the garden within a famous Zen temple. One day, the priest was expecting some special guests, and so he took extra care in tending to the garden.

Too busy

Daisy impressed me by the diligence she put into ensuring that her staff got the training they needed. Eventually, I turned to her and said, “So who trains you, Daisy?”

High anxiety

Jack had one problem. If things went well on the client site, and he was able to fix the problem, he had no problem. But if he arrived and, after a period of time, couldn’t


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The monks and the lady of the night

Two travelling monks reached a ford in a river where they met a young lady of the night


There was an old man who had farmed his crops for many years. One day his horse ran away.


A young and rather boastful champion challenged a Zen master who was renowned for his skill as an archer.