A Flock of Fools: Ancient Buddhist Tales of Wisdom and Laughter from the One Hundred Parable Sutra [NOOK Book]

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One hundred illuminating tales of the foibles and follies of everyday fools, this elegant, humorous, and masterful little book of wisdom is a welcome addition to the Buddhist canon "The One Hundred Parable Sutra" is known as the most humorous sutra in all of Buddhist literature. Here, Kazuaki Tanahashi, the celebrated translator, calligrapher, and Dogen scholar, and Peter Levitt, an award-winning poet, storyteller, and Zen practitioner, have translated and retold these jewel-like parables with storytelling ...
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A Flock of Fools: Ancient Buddhist Tales of Wisdom and Laughter from the One Hundred Parable Sutra

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Overview


One hundred illuminating tales of the foibles and follies of everyday fools, this elegant, humorous, and masterful little book of wisdom is a welcome addition to the Buddhist canon "The One Hundred Parable Sutra" is known as the most humorous sutra in all of Buddhist literature. Here, Kazuaki Tanahashi, the celebrated translator, calligrapher, and Dogen scholar, and Peter Levitt, an award-winning poet, storyteller, and Zen practitioner, have translated and retold these jewel-like parables with storytelling panache for students, teachers, and seekers everywhere. With appropriate commentary, each tale becomes a simple lesson for everyday living. From the potter who seeks fame to the woman who possesses great lust, these tales are told with a gentle clarity that magnifies our appetites and delusions. In doing so, they become an accurate mirror of the human condition. A Flock of Fools is a perfect little book of wisdom, laughter, and compassion. Beautifully designed for gift giving, this handsome volume is illustrated with seventeen original brushwork drawings by Tanahashi, one of the world's most renowned calligraphers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802199270
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • File size: 3 MB

Table of Contents

Foreword 9
Note on the Original Text and Acknowledgments 13
Prologue 19
Volume 1
1 Eating Salt 24
2 Fool's Milk 25
3 A Man Whose Head was Hit by a Pear 26
4 The Unfaithful Wife 28
5 The Thirsty Man 30
6 A Father Who Killed His Child 32
7 The Impostor 34
8 The Thief and the Treasure House 36
9 The Virtuous Father 39
10 The Three-Story Tower 40
11 The Brahman Who Killed a Child 42
12 Brown Sugar Broth 45
13 A Quick Temper 46
14 The Guide 49
15 The Quack Doctor 50
16 Sugarcane 52
17 The Halfpenny Loan 53
18 The Whetstone in a Tower 54
19 The Begging Bowl 56
20 The Tyrant 58
21 A Woman Who Wished to Have Another Child 60
Volume 2
22 Aloe Wood Incense 63
23 The Stolen Brocade 64
24 Sesame Seeds 65
25 Fire and Water 66
26 Winks 68
27 A Whip Wound 70
28 The Nose 71
29 The Rough-Hair Robe 72
30 The Shepherd 74
31 The Potter and the Brahman 76
32 Theft of Gold 78
33 A Fine Fruit Tree 81
34 Spring Water 82
35 The Mirror in a Treasure Chest 84
36 The Sorcerer's Eye 86
37 A Man Who Killed His Herd of Cows 89
38 The Wooden Conduit 90
39 Rice-Straw Plaster 92
40 Cure for Baldness 94
41 Flesh-Eating Demons 96
Volume 3
42 The Peddler and the Camel Skin 100
43 Polishing a Rock 102
44 Half a Rice Cracker 104
45 The Servant Who Kept the Gate 106
46 The Stolen Buffalo 108
47 The Duck Call 110
48 The Fox and the Falling Branch 112
49 A Handful of Hair 113
50 The Doctor and the Hunchback 114
51 Sharing the Maidservant 115
52 The Entertainer 116
53 The Teacher's Bad Legs 117
54 Head and Tail 118
55 The King's Beard 120
56 Asking for Nothing 122
57 The Rich Man's Spittle 124
58 Dividing Equally 126
59 The Potter's Shop 128
60 The Golden Reflection 130
61 The Mahabrahman's Disciple 132
62 A Sick Man 134
63 The Demon's Costume 136
64 A Demon in the House 138
65 Five Hundred Sweet Cakes 141
Volume 4
66 The Voyage 148
67 The Rice Cakes 150
68 A Man with a Grudge 153
69 A Fast Eater 154
70 The Rich Man's Mangoes 156
71 The Bigamist 158
72 A Mouthful of Rice 160
73 The Cowardly Solider 162
74 The Deceitful Brahman 165
75 The Camel and the Jar 166
76 The Princess and the Country Fool 168
77 Ass's Milk 170
78 A Child Who Traveled Alone 171
79 The King's Armrest 172
80 Enema Water 173
81 The Bear and the Child 174
82 Sowing in the Field 176
83 The Monkey and the Mean Man 178
84 Lunar Eclipse 179
85 A Woman's Eyes 180
86 The Gold Earrings 181
87 The Bland Cloth 182
88 Monkey Beans 183
89 A Golden Skunk 185
90 Counting Coins 186
91 Little Property 187
92 The Greedy Child 188
93 The Woman and the Bear 189
94 The Jewel and the Water Conduit 190
95 A Pair of Doves 192
96 The Man Who Plucked Out His Eyes 194
97 The Hidden Coin 195
98 The Tortoise 197
Monk Sanghasena's Flower Garland of the Fools 199
Table of Similar Tales 200
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