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Month October 2020

I must at least try

n June 1985, two British mountaineers Joe Simpson and Simon Yates made the first-ever climb of the West Face of the 21,000 foot snow-covered Siula Grande mountain in Peru. It was an exceptionally tough assault – but nothing compared to… Continue Reading →

Rafting Experience

By good fortune, I was able to raft down the Motu River in New Zealand twice during the last year. The magnificent four-day journey traverses one of the last wilderness areas in the North Island. The first expedition was led… Continue Reading →

Peace of mind

Once Buddha was walking from one town to another town with a few of his followers. This was in the initial days. While they were travelling, they happened to pass a lake. They stopped there and Buddha told one of… Continue Reading →

The tiger’s whisker

Once upon a time, a young wife named Yun Ok was at her wit’s end. Her husband had always been a tender and loving soulmate before he had left for the wars but, ever since he returned home, he was… Continue Reading →

what is your wish? – by Ajahn Brahm

Five children were playing this Wishing Game. The first one was asked, “If you had a wish what would you want” and the child said, “If I had a wish I would want ice cream.” She liked ice cream. The… Continue Reading →

Half a Sheet of Paper by Ajahn Brahm

Many years ago, I read the following inspiring story of how a man overcame his anger and lack of self-esteem. A widow was presenting the eulogy at her husband’s funeral service. She held up a dog-eared half sheet of paper,… Continue Reading →

The Origin of Stress by Ajahn Brahm

In 2010, I was invited to give a keynote address at the World Computer Congress in Brisbane. I knew nothing about computers, but such trivial details as “not knowing what I am talking about” didn’t stop me from accepting the… Continue Reading →

Your Reaction Matters

“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… Continue Reading →

The Butterfly’s Struggles

A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared. He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole. Until it suddenly stopped making any progress and… Continue Reading →

Two Pebbles

Many years ago in a small Italian town, a merchant had the misfortune of owing a large sum of money to the moneylender. The moneylender, who was old and ugly, fancied the merchant’s beautiful daughter, so he proposed a bargain…. Continue Reading →

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