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Rough Beast

I was set to write a post about New Year’s resolutions – but lately I’ve had this old poem running through my head so I thought I would present that to you instead.  This is a poem written by William

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The Gates of Heaven and Hell

Here is a story about the great Japanese Zen master Hakuin Ekaku who lived between 1686 and 1768. It expresses a mystical understanding of the way life is lived by most people in contrast to the experience of Enlightenment. A

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The Heart of a Mouse

Here is little story illustrating the folly of making changes to one’s outward aspects (appearance, behaviour, customs) without first transforming the inner being. There is an old Indian fable about a mouse who was constantly stressed out and agitated because

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Belling the Cat – a Fable

  This fable is often attributed to Aesop but it actually seems to have written around the 12th century in England or France. A large, fierce cat was brought into the big house to help control the mice population. Whenever

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Too Materialistic – a Zen Story

I can’t track the source of this story and I’m not even sure it’s part of authentic Zen tradition – but I like the concept and I thought I’d share my imperfectly remembered version. Once there was a Zen master

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The Dog and His Bone – a Fable

  A young hound dog found a big tasty bone while out on his travels and held it tightly between his clenched teeth. He scowled and growled at anyone or anything that tried to take it away from him. Pleased

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No Gorillas at the Ballet

  The great stand-up philosopher, Louis C.K., tells a story about a joke his 7-year old daughter told him. He’s been in the business for 25 years and knows exactly how jokes are structured, but his daughter’s joke surprised him.

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Is That So? – a Zen Story

The Zen master Hakuin was praised by his neighbors as one living a pure life. One day, without any warning, a beautiful girl, whose parents owned a food store in the village, announced that she was pregnant. The parents were

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Sour Grapes

The great classical story teller, Aesop, tells the tale of a hungry fox looking for some food. One hot summer’s day a fox was strolling through an orchard. He came upon a bunch of grapes just ripening on a vine

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A Grandmother’s Advice

  A young woman was having problems with her life and went to her grandmother for some help and advice. “I don’t know if I’m going to make it,” she said. “Life is getting too hard. There’s one problem after

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