November 22, 2014

Dharma Stories

Brood Over Other's Sins, and You Sin You…

Sri Ramakrishna

Jun Mon, 2009 Hits:4330

A sannyasin dwelt by the side of a temple. There was the house of a harlot in front. Seeing the constant concourse of men in the prostitute's house,... Read more

The Thief


Jun Sun, 2009 Hits:2892

An old Zen story ... There was once a very popular Zen master. Due to his virtue & his skillful delivering of sermons, the lecture hall was always... Read more

The Limping puppy


Jun Fri, 2009 Hits:3163

A store owner was tacking a sign above his door that read " Puppies For Sale". Signs like that have a way of attracting small children, and... Read more

The Man Who Walked Backwards

Soren Kierkegaard

Jun Tue, 2009 Hits:2860

from  The Parables of Kierkegaard edited by Thomas Oden Why do inconsistent behaviors so often accompany exorbitant professions of good intentions? When a man turns his back upon someone and walks... Read more

Flower In The Desert


Jun Fri, 2009 Hits:2672

A short story from Loki of the Sioux nation approximately 200 years ago. It is said to have been given to her by a medicine man. This happened many... Read more

Making a Difference


Jun Fri, 2009 Hits:2509

A friend of mine was walking down a deserted Mexican beach at sunset. As he walked along, he began to see another man in the distance. As... Read more

On Rationalizing Negligence

Lafcadio Hearne

Jun Fri, 2009 Hits:3885

Kusa-Hibari His cage is exactly two Japanese inches high and one inch and a half wide: its tiny wooden door, turning upon a pivot, will scarcely admit the... Read more

River Creatures

Richard Bach

Jun Fri, 2009 Hits:3494

from Richard Bach's Illusions Once there lived a village of creatures along the bottom of a great crystal river. Each creature in its own manner clung tightly... Read more

The Costume of the Actor

Soren Kierkegaard

Jun Fri, 2009 Hits:2356

from The Parables of Kierkegaard edited by Thomas Oden What does it mean to love one's neighbor? To love one's neighbor means, while remaining within the earthly distinctions... Read more

The Monkey Lesson


Jun Fri, 2009 Hits:2368

from The Chuang Tzu An arrogant prince took his friends on a boat trip to an island famous for its monkeys; but as the royal boat docked,... Read more

The Swindler and the Widow's Mite

Soren Kierkegaard

Jun Fri, 2009 Hits:2665

from The Parables of Kierkegaard edited by Thomas Oden Is charitable intent essential to an act of charity or mercy? Take the story about the woman who placed the two pennies... Read more

The Window


Jun Fri, 2009 Hits:2445

There were two men, both seriously ill. One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid... Read more

The Scorpion and the Old Man


Jun Thu, 2004 Hits:2670

as told by Henri Nouwen One morning, after he had finished his meditation, the old man opened his eyes and saw a scorpion floating helplessly in the... Read more

The Zen Master’s Stirring Spoon

Sarah Kanowski

Jun Tue, 2003 Hits:2496

Once, the chief cook of a Chinese Zen temple was busy preparing lunch. As he was working, there appeared floating above the rice pot the revered Bodhisattva, Manjushri.... Read more