I’ve found both Zen monk stories and “Sayings of the Desert Fathers” (when I was in Eastern Orthodoxy) to be very useful stuff.
The Sayings of the Desert Fathers was compiled between the 4th and 6th centuries AD, originally in Coptic but widely translated through the centuries. Took until 1975 to make it into English but I was 3 then so in plenty of time for me.
Anyway, they were of a similar format. Usually it’s “A man goes up to Abba [x] and asks…” then the lesson. Usually some demonstration or some useful answer that makes you go, “Oh!!!”
Same idea and same kinds of tales. All good stuff.