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Emotional Well-Being

297 2 09 Feb 2018

Would you like to enjoy greater emotional well-being but you don’t even know where to start?  Although you may not believe it, especially if you are really hurting emotionally right now, it is possible for you to flourish emotionally.  In this video, which is slightly over 2 minutes long, I’ll point you in the right direction.

Five Hindrances

293 2 08 Feb 2018

According to the Buddha, there are five hindrances to living well that should be abandoned.  The following is from Bhikkhu Nanamoli and Bhikkhu Bodhi, eds., The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha:  A Translation of the Majjhima Nikaya (Boston:  Wisdom, 1995).  The five hindrances to meditation [spiritual practice or training] are covetousness, ill will and hatred, sloth and torpor, restlessness and remorse, and doubt.  A bhikkhu is a practitioner.

Mingshao Died

240 0 07 Feb 2018

This story of how Mingshao died is from Andrew Ferguson, ed., Zen’s Chinese Heritage (Boston:  Wisdom, 2000).  Mingshao Deqian lived in what is now the city of Jinhua in Zhejiang Province where he taught for 40 years.  He had a formidable reputation as being very skilled in Dharma combat.

Nasruddin and the Lost Key

359 2 07 Feb 2018

Here’s another brief, enjoyable, and all-too-human story about Mullah Nasruddin, the Sufi fool/sage.  It’s from Thoughts Without a Thinker by Mark Epstein, M.D. (N.Y.:  Basic, 1995).

Nasrudin and Marriage

303 2 06 Feb 2018

The wonderful stories of Mullah Nasrudin come from the Sufi tradition.  This one is retold by Jack Kornfield in A Path With Heart (N.Y.:  Bantam, 1993).

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258 0 05 Feb 2018

Ryokan and the Thief

268 2 05 Feb 2018

This story comes from Paul Reps and Nyogen Senzaki, eds., Zen Flesh, Zen Bones (Boston:  Shambhala, 1994).

The moon cannot be stolen.

Bankei and a Heckler

259 3 04 Feb 2018

This brief story of Zen Master Bankei and a heckler comes from Paul Reps and Nyogen Senzaki, eds., Zen Flesh, Zen Bones (Boston:  Shambhala, 1994).

Hakuin and the Child

235 1 03 Feb 2018

This great story, which is well-known in Zen circles, is from Paul Reps and Nyogen Senzaki, eds., Zen Flesh, Zen Bones (Boston:  Shamghala, 1994).

When your ego is attacked, don’t resist.

Cup of Tea

223 2 02 Feb 2018

This classic story about a cup of tea is from Paul Reps & Nyogen Senzaki, eds., Zen Flesh, Zen Bones (Boston:  Shambhala, 1994).

How full are you?