Two zen practitioners were sitting, drinking tea, while they discussed life and exploring life. “A man can study his entire life, live a long life and never know everything,” one practitioner said.

The two sat contemplating this thought. Finally the other practitioner spoke, “If a man were to study his own emotions and practiced self control, will he learn to master himself?” The two zen practitioners thought about this for awhile.

Then the first practitioner spoke again, “I feel as though we are two fleas exploring an elephant. We could never understand it all.” The two sipped tea and thought about the words just spoken.

They sat silent till the second practitioner finally spoke again, “So, if a flea explored a flea’s life, would it understand how that flea came to be?” The two looked at each other, sipped their tea and thought about what had just been said.

The first practitioner scratched his head, then stated, “That is an itchy topic.” Then scratched his leg.



(moral; basically, the power of suggestion. The power of suggestiveness is a powerful thing. If your not sure what I am implying, the next time you see someone eating, suggest they have food on their mouth, by simply wiping your own corner lip, repeatedly and watch what happens.)


A flea and an elephant crossed a bridge: “Wow!” said the flea, “We sure shook that thing.”

what DO you get when you cross an elephant with a flea? A lot of very worried dogs!


I wrote this story, ‘an itchy topic,’ after reading this…

Roshi Kapleau agreed to educate a group of psychoanalysts about Zen. After being introduced to the group by the director of the analytic institute, the Roshi quietly sat down upon a cushion placed on the floor. A student entered, prostrated before the master, and then seated himself on another cushion a few feet away, facing his teacher.

“What is Zen?” the student asked. The Roshi produced a banana, peeled it, and started eating. “Is that all? Can’t you show me anything else?” the student said. “Come closer, please,” the master replied. The student moved in and the Roshi waved the remaining portion of the banana before the student’s face. The student prostrated, and left.

A second student rose to address the audience. “Do you all understand?” When there was no response, the student added, “You have just witnessed a first-rate demonstration of Zen. Are there any questions?”

After a long silence, someone spoke up. “Roshi, I am not satisfied with your demonstration. You have shown us something that I am not sure I understand. It must be possible to TELL us what Zen is.”

“If you must insist on words,” the Roshi replied, “then Zen is an elephant copulating with a flea.”



have a zentastic day~