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Month October 2020

The two hospital patients

Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room. One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs. His bed was next to the room’s… Continue Reading →

Who Cares What you Think?

A young man went to a Zen master. After practicing for a time the student went off on his own with instructions to faithfully send a letter to the master every month, giving an account of his spiritual progress. In… Continue Reading →

the retreat

“THE TRIGGER FOR MUCH of our anger is frustrated expectation. We sometimes invest so much of ourselves in a project that when it doesn’t turn out as it should we become irate. All “shoulds” point to an expectation, a prediction… Continue Reading →

“fear of public speaking”

“I WAS TOLD that one of the greatest fears people have is speaking in public. I have to speak a lot in public, in temples and at conferences, at marriages and funerals, on talkback radio, and even on live television…. Continue Reading →

what is fear?

“FEAR IS FINDING FAULT with the future. If only we could keep in mind how uncertain our future is, then we would never try to predict what could go wrong. Fear ends right there.Once, when I was little, I was… Continue Reading →

The Container and the Content

A local journalist called and asked me “ What would you do, Ajahn Brahm, if someone took a Buddhist Holy Book and flushed it down the toilet?”Without hesitation, I answered, “Sir, if someone took a Buddhist Holy Book and flushed it down the… Continue Reading →

Hare’s Perspective on the Race

Another perspective of the story of the Hare who lost the race…but.. Actually, everyone throughout the world has kept giving the example of Tortoise…Saying that slow and steady wins the race and emphasizing the value of persistence and dedication. Well… Continue Reading →

Ritual Cat – a.k.a Guru’s Cat

When the spiritual teacher and his disciples began their evening meditation, the cat who lived in the monastery made such noise that it distracted them. So the teacher ordered that the cat be tied up during the evening practice. Years… Continue Reading →

Good -Bad- Who Knows -Chinese Edition

There is a Chinese story of an old farmer who had an old horse for tilling his fields. One day the horse escaped into the hills and, when all the farmer’s neighbours sympathised with the old man over his bad… Continue Reading →

King Arthur and the witch

Young King Arthur was ambushed and imprisoned by the monarch of a neighboring kingdom. The monarch could have killed him but was moved by Arthur’s youth and ideals. So, the monarch offered him his freedom, as long as he could… Continue Reading →

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