What is in your heart?

The thoughts you carry in your mind go far toward determining how people perceive you. A Pile of Dry Shit One day a famous government officer met a highly respected elderly master. Being conceited, he wanted...

Fate Is in Your Own Hands

Beliefs can be either empowering or disempowering. Whenever possible, choose empowering beliefs. Fate Is in Your Own Hands Once upon a time, there was a general who was leading his army into battle against an enemy...

Delusions keep us trapped in Samsara

I recently wrote about The biological basis for our unsatisfactory lives. It encapsulates how our biology creates Samsara. This story provides a more poetic way of seeing things. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5V4_7jv6bjg Delusion (Told by Narada Maha Thera) "A man was forcing...

Angulimala: A Story of the Power of Compassion

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTIJkHaxXcI&t=11s Angulimala: A Story of the Power of Compassion (As told by Ven. Walpola Piyananda Thera in Love in Buddhism) There was once the son of a Brahmin (the highest "priestly" caste in India) in the court of...

Cultivating beginner’s mind

Our reality is built upon the concepts in our minds. Direct sensory data is embellished by expectations and enhanced by our concepts. When you fully realize the extent to which your reality is created...

Castles in the Sand

Does the cost or durability of our "toys" make any difference? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDFweeD8Joo Castles in the Sand Some children were playing beside a river. They made castles of sand, and each child defended his castle and said, 'This...

The Sound the Hare Heard

The Sound the Hare Heard One morning while some bhikkhus were on their alms round in Savatthi, they passed some ascetics of different sects practicing austerities. Some of them were naked and lying on thorns....

Searching for answers in the Holy Book

This story underscores a major problem for most religions: slavish devotion to Scripture. The recorded wisdom of antiquity is great, and consulting holy books is a great way to learn to deal with the...

Two Levels of Attachments.

Two Levels of Attachments. Sometimes ago, my phone broke down which caused me unwarranted sadness. My wife was surprised that I felt that bad about my phone and did all she could to make me...

Parable of the four wives

The Buddha interpreted this story for me, so I will leave the explanation to him.  The young man who does these videos is a fantastic storyteller. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7ckffQYiis Karma (The Four Wives) "In one of the Agama Sutras, the...