ZEN STORIES: (A story about assumptions: do we care more about what people are wearing?) “The ceremonial purple robe”


Wealthy patrons invited Ikkyu to a banquet. Ikkyu arrived dressed in his beggar’s robes.

The host, not recognizing him, chased him away.

Ikkyu went home, changed into his ceremonial robe of purple brocade, and returned.

With great respect, he was received into the banquet room.

There, he put his robe on the cushion, saying:


“I expect you invited the robe since you showed me away a little while ago,” and then proceeded to leave the banquet.








4 Comments Add yours

  1. LindaP says:

    Great story and so sadly true!

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    1. Thank you Linda! Yes, so many people are concerned with what designer dress such person wore to some event, and the thousands of dollars it cost to wear that dress for an hour….totally fixated on the outer superficial appearances…

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  2. That’s really the point I was making in my last post. Ah! ❤️🦋🌀


    1. So glad we are on the same wave-lenght 🙂 ❤

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