Kapoor & Sons : as real as it gets

The first time I saw the trailer, I was convinced that this wasn’t the regular Dharma Productions deal. There was no fat boy to Greek God transformation (Hrithik in K3G) or playing matchmaker to your Dad at summer camp (KKHH). This was slated to be a good old family drama in a house that did…

Zen Story : Knowing Fish

One day Chuang Tzu and his friend were walking by a river. “Look at the fish swimming about,” said Chuang Tzu. “They are really enjoying themselves.” “You are not a fish,” replied his friend. “So you cannot truly know that they are enjoying themselves.” “You are not me,” said Chuang Tzu. “So how do you…

Zen Story : Going with the flow

One day, an old man accidentally fell into the river rapids leading to a high and dangerous waterfall. Onlookers feared for his life. Miraculously, he came out alive and unharmed downstream at the bottom of the falls. People were surprised and asked him how he had managed to survive. The old man replied : “I…

Zen Story: Perspective

In a village in China, there lived a farmer. One fine day, his horse ran away. When the neighbors heard, they immediately came to express their pity. “Oh, how sad!” they said to which the farmer replied, “Maybe.” The next day, the runaway horse returned and brought back three other horses with him. The neighbors…

Zen Story: Full Awareness

After a decade of apprenticeship, Tenno was promoted to the rank of a Zen teacher. On a beautiful rainy day, he went to visit the famous master Nan-in. When he walked in, the master was sitting in quiet meditation. His eyes opened and he surveyed Tenno calmly. “Did you leave your wooden clogs and umbrella…

Zen Story: the overflowing cup

Once upon a time, the Zen Master had a visitor. The professor had spent many years reading and teaching philosophy. He was very excited to finally meet the Master and couldn’t stop talking about Zen. The Master poured his visitor some tea, but the professor kept talking. The cup was now full but the Zen…

Zen Stories

I love my big brother to bits. 10 years my senior, he has been living in the US for over a decade. What we miss in geographical distance, we make up with phone calls. A big part of our conversations is the ethereal wisdom that he continues to impart. When I was all of 8,…