The Judgmental Monk

One of the monks of Sceta said to Abbot Mateus: “My tongue is always causing me problems. When I am among the faithful I just can’t control myself and I end up condemning their wrong actions”…

Choosing Transformation

Once upon a time a daughter complained to her father that her life was miserable and that she didn’t know how she was going to make it. She was tired of fighting and struggling all the time. It seemed just as one problem was solved, another one soon followed.

Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen. He filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Once the three pots began to boil, he placed potatoes in one pot, eggs in the second pot, and ground coffee beans in the third pot…

Solutions

One day, as usually was the case, a young waif, a little girl, stood at the street corner begging for food, money or whatever she could get. Now this girl was wearing very tattered clothes; she was dirty and quite disheveled…

Finding Bliss

Two people were lost in the desert, slowly dying from hunger and thirst. Eventually, they came upon a high wall…

Value

A wise woman was traveling in the mountains when she found a precious stone in a stream.

The following day she met another traveler on the road who was hungry. The wise woman opened her bag to share her food with the traveler. When the hungry traveler saw the precious stone, he asked the woman to give it to him. She did so without hesitation…

Long View

A famous Zen spiritual teacher came to the front door of the King’s palace. None of the guards tried to stop him as he entered and made his way to where the King himself was sitting on his throne.

“What do you want?” asked the King, immediately recognizing the visitor.

“I would like a place to sleep in this inn,” replied the teacher…

The Whole Truth

This is it
and I am it
and You are it
and so is That
and He is it
and She is it
and it is it
and That is That

The Risky Climb

Near dusk in the middle of a raging storm, a pilgrim was walking alone along the road for several hours. Finally he reached an inn where he could stay for the night. The owner asked the pilgrim where he is going…

Focused Attention

“My son,” said the old man, “there is a battle between two wolves inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies, & ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy, and truth.”

The Unwanted Apprentice

“We have no doors in our monastery”, said Shanti to the foreign visitor who had come to his monastery in search of knowledge.

The visitor then asked Shanti, “What do you do about troublesome people who come to disturb your peace?” …