I am awake

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKpE3wmrpRA I Am Awake When the Buddha started to wander around India shortly after his enlightenment, he encountered several men who recognized him to be a very extraordinary being. They asked him, "Are you a god?" "No," he...

The Brave Little Parrot

What matters more, the results of your actions or the spirit with which you perform them? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPnY9_l8AEw The Brave Little Parrot -- A Jataka Tale Once, long ago, the Buddha was born as a little parrot. One...

The Story of the Hoe

The Story of the Hoe by Master Cheng Yen, Translated by C.Y. Tien A farmer plowed the land with a hoe day after day, year after year. The work was hard, but the harvest was plentiful. And...

The massacre of the Sakya clansmen

Even the Buddha can't escape his Karma. The massacre of the Sakya clansmen Before the advent of Sakyamuni Buddha, there was near Kapila town a village inhabited by fishermen, and in it was a big pond....

The Old Man and the Scorpion

What is your essential nature? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cu0AIQg4blQ The Old Man and the Scorpion One morning, after he had finished his meditation, the old man opened his eyes and saw a scorpion floating helplessly in the water. As the scorpion...

The Tamarind Tree

How quickly do you need to attain liberation? A day? A year? A lifetime? Many lifetimes? What is more important, being on the path, or actually obtaining liberation? The Tamarind Tree One bright and cool summer day...

Relying on Joy

Relying on Joy At the time of Buddha, there lived an old beggar woman called "Relying on Joy". She used to watch the kings, princes, and people making offerings to Buddha and his disciples, and...

The Young Monk Who Saved The Ants

The Young Monk Who Saved The Ants Once upon a time in the deep mountains forest there lived an old monk and a young monk. The old monk was a great practitioner of Buddha-dharma and...

The Fish and the Turtle

The Fish and the Turtle (Is Nibbana Nothingness?) Once upon a time there was a fish. And just because it was a fish, it had lived all its life in the water and knew nothing...

Zen stories on the mystery of enlightenment

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NsTAVGFzgk Nobody Told Me Anything (as told by Master Sheng-Yen) A disciple asked his Dharma Master: "How can I calm my mind?" The master said, "I am too busy to talk to you right now. Why not consult...