Be a Lamp (Nirvana Sutra)
World Honored One Flicks Dirt with His Toe (Vimalakirti Sutra)
Order of Enlightenment (Maka Shikan)
Calming and Contemplation of Anger (Maka Shikan)
Effect of Thunderbolts on Ivory (Maka Shikan)
Blind Heir of a Wealthy Merchant (Maka Shikan)
Mongolian Wisdom (ancient sayings)
Mighty Bodhisattva Warriors (13th Dalai Lama)
Seeing Ourselves as Suchness (Shinnyo kan)
Wu-lung and I-lung (Writings of Nichiren Daishonin)
The Daimoku Parrot
A guy walks into the pet shop to buy a parrot. The shopkeeper shows him three parrots — a one thousand dollar parrot, a two thousand dollar parrot, and a three thousand dollar parrot.
The guy asks, "What is the difference?"
The shopkeeper says, "The one thousand dollar parrot speaks English. The two thousand dollar parrot speaks eight languages. The three thousand dollar parrot mumbles something and when he does, you get whatever you want."
The guy buys the most expensive parrot. He takes him home and removes the cage cover. The bird starts saying "Myohorengekyo ... nam-myohorengekyo ... nam-myohorengekyo..." An hour later, the guy's girlfriend calls and says "Honey, I miss you. How soon can we get together?" Two hours later, his boss calls and says, "We are sorry we fired you. We will give you a raise if you can come back Monday."
Eight hours later, the parrot is still chanting, so the guy calls the pet store and says "This bird is driving me nuts. How do I get him to stop saying these words?"
The shopkeeper says "Oh! I forgot to tell you. You gotta ring the bell three times."
So the guy finds the bell and the ringer in the cage and sounds: "Ding, ding, ding."
The parrot slows to a finish with "Myo...ho...renge...kyo."
Then he starts again: "Niji sesson ju san mai..." etc.
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