The Burning Hut

Good Luck Signal The only survivor of a shipwreck washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him, and...

Be alive! A zen parable

It is enough just to be alive One morning Master Lin-chi was in the temple. Soon a young man came in and sat nearby with...

“This is good!”

One African King had a close friend with whom he grew up. The friend had a habit of looking at every situation that ever occurred...

Happiness is a choice

A simple choice One man was happy all his life. He smiled and laughed all the time, no one ever saw him sad. On occasion,...

The secret of Art

Woodworker Qing carved a piece of wood and made a bell stand, and when it was finished, everyone who saw it marvelled, for it seemed to...

A Cup of Tea

Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868-1912), received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen. Nan-in served tea. He poured his visitor’s...

Girl by the river

Two Zen monks, Tanzan (1819-1892) and Ekido, traveling on pilgrimage, came to a muddy river crossing. There they saw a lovely young woman dressed in her...

Donkey in the well

Never giving up! One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out...

Everything God does is for the good!

     Once Rabbi Akiva was traveling with a donkey, rooster, and lantern. He came to a village seeking lodging. No one took him in. He...

The Two Wolves

Life lesson by old Cherokee chief An old Cherokee chief was teaching his grandson about life... “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to...

The Water Bearer

A beautiful flowers  A water bearer had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole, which he carried across his neck. One of...

Socratic triple filter

Truth, Goodness and Usefulness In ancient Greece, Socrates was held in high esteem for his wisdom and teaching others how to live a good life....