This Too Will Pass (Wise Shorts Ep. #6)

Wisdom stories from all over the world. This is the sixth in the series. This Too Will Pass (Wise Shorts Ep. #6)

According to an ancient Sufi story, there once lived a king who was torn between happiness and despondency. The slightest problems would cause him great sadness and torture. His happiness would quickly crumble into disappointment and despair. Finally, the king could not take it anymore.

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What am I (Wise Shorts Ep. #5)

Wisdom stories from all over the world. This is the fifth in the series. What am I (Wise Shorts Ep. #5)

In Tokyo, during the Meiji era, there lived two prominent teachers with opposite characteristics.

One, Unsho, an instructor in Shingon, kept Buddha’s precepts scrupulously. He never drank alcohol, nor did he eat after eleven in the morning. [Read more…]

Make Me Obey You (Wise Shorts Ep. #4)

Wisdom stories from all over the world. This is the fourth in the series. Make Me Obey You (Wise Shorts Ep. #4)

 


Master Bankei was different from other teachers. He didn’t quote sutras, nor did he indulge in scholastic dissertations. Instead, he spoke directly from his heart into the hearts of his listeners. Large audiences gathered to hear him speak. [Read more…]

Maybe (Wise Shorts Ep. #3)

Wisdom stories from all over the world. This is the third in the series. Maybe (Wise Shorts Ep. #3)

A wise man who won an expensive car in a lottery. His family and friends were very happy for him and came to celebrate. “Isn’t it great!” they said. “You are so lucky.” The man smiled and said “Maybe.” For a few weeks he enjoyed driving the car. Then one day a drunken driver crashed into his new car at an intersection and he ended up in the hospital, with multiple injuries. [Read more…]

The Moon (Wise Shorts Ep. #2)

Wisdom stories from all over the world. This is the second in series. The Moon (Wise Shorts Ep. #2)

Ryokan, a Zen master, lived a simple life in a little hut at the foot of a mountain. One evening, a thief sneaked into the hut, only to discover there was nothing to steal. It was practically empty. [Read more…]

Is That So? (Wise Shorts Ep. #1)

Wisdom stories from all over the world. This is the first one in the series. Is That So? (Wise Shorts Ep. #1)

The Zen Master Hakuin was held in high regard in his village in Japan. He was respected by all and many came to him for spiritual guidance, until one day. [Read more…]