Buddhist jokes actually help us understand Buddhism the way it should be.
Buddhists are one of the least understood religions out there, not because of a disinterest in understanding it, but because of so much disinformation.
Here are a few favorites:
1. Says the Master to his pupil: “Do you understand that you don’t really exist?” Upon which the pupil replies: “To whom are you telling that?”
2. A zen student asked his master: “Is it okay to use email?” “Yes”, replied the master, “but with no attachments.”
3. Someone sent the Buddha a gift box tied with a ribbon. Buddha opened it to find it empty. “Aha!”, he said, “Just what I wanted. Nothing!”
4. What does a Buddhist comedian say when the audience stops laughing? “I know you’re out there. I can concentrate on your breathing.”
5. A Western Buddhist woman was in India, studying with her teacher. She was riding with another woman friend in a rickshaw, when they were attacked by a man on the street. In the end, the attacker only succeeded in frightening the women, but the Buddhist woman was quite upset by the event and told her teacher. She asked him what she should have done: “what would have been the appropriate, Buddhist response?” The teacher said very simply, “You should have very mindfully and with great compassion whacked the attacker over the head with your umbrella.”
6. What did one Zen practitioner give to another for their birthday? Nothing.
7. What did the Buddhist say to the pizza chef? Make me one with everything. The pizza chef prepares it and gives it to the monk. The monk pays him and asks for the change. The pizza vendor says: “Change comes from within.”
8. Q: What happens when a Buddhist becomes totally absorbed with the computer he is working with?
A: He enters Nerdvana.
9. Why did the Buddhist coroner get fired? He kept marking the cause of death as “birth.”
10. A Zen master told me, “Do the opposite of what I tell you.” So I didn’t.