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What is a Zen parable?

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A Zen parable is a short story open for interpretation by the reader or listener. There is no right or wrong interpretation as each person hearing it will interpret it from the perspective of his or her own life and circumstances. The intention of a Zen parable is to help us to understand that the meaning and answers to life are really very simple and quite often right in front of us. It's not complicated if we would open our hearts and mind.

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