• A Great Zen Story

    The students at No Wind Monastery were flabbergasted! They could hardly believe what they had just heard.   Master Blusime, the greatest Zen Master, since Dogen Zenji, had just revealed what they never thought they would hear. In their traditional morning congregation Master Blumise had said, “My most beloved family, I really need your help. […]

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  • Equanimity…

    A person approached a saint and said, “O great soul, please tell me about the path to liberation.”   The saint replied, “Go to the cemetery and give abuses to each and every grave and come.” The person did as he was instructed. The next day when he returned, the saint told him, “Now go […]

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  • Patience and Understanding

    There is a Buddhist saying, “Don’t push the river. It will travel at its own pace anyway.”   For the purpose of spiritual evolution, it helps to envision time as a river, though we should not measure it chronologically, as we do now, but in terms of lessons learnt on the spiritual path towards immortality […]

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  • Another Example of Selfless Service (Nishkaama Karmayoga): Vaidya Narayana Murthy, a Living Legend

    Narayana Murthy, no, we are not talking about our well known IT czar from Benagluru, but this lesser known person from the same state, Karnataka, India, excels in helping thousands of patients ailing from different diseases, from kidney stones to heart diseases to different kinds of cancers. Popularly known as Vaidya Narayana Murthy, around 60 […]

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  • Shallow Pockets, Large Hearts…

    They aren’t your regular well-heeled citizens or Pg 3 persons who give away a minuscule percentage of their large earnings to charity (preferably when there’s a camera around). Some of these givers earn barely enough to keep their families going, but are incredibly generous with their time and money.   Maharashtra (India)   Whenever Madhukar […]

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  • The Illusory Ego

    There is an interesting anecdote concerning the Buddha. Lord Buddha’s directive to his disciples was: “Be a light unto yourself.”   King Prasenajit came to see the Buddha. He saw a large number of bhikshu-s (monks) bowing to him, saying Buddham Sharanam Gacchami (I surrender to the feet of Buddha). Prasenajit found a contradiction in […]

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  • Sound Waves…

    There once was a wise sage who wandered the countryside. One day, as he passed near a village, he was approached by a woman who told him of a sick child nearby. She urged him to help this child. So the sage came to the village and a crowd gathered around him, for such a […]

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