“Fixed Ideas” by Zen Master Daehaeng

  Fixed ideas are like a wisp of cloud or smoke,but nonetheless people find themselves blocked or captured by these.   You would laugh if you saw someone tripped by a cloud, or if someone claimed that they were imprisoned by the air.  But, in fact, people are endlessly being trapped by things no more…

Stories (with a lesson) taught by Buddha: “The lost son”

  THE LOST SON “A young widower, who loved his five year old son very much, was away on business when bandits came who burned down the whole village and took his son away. When the man returned, he saw the ruins and panicked. The took the burnt corpse of an infant to be his…

Essay on: “Know thyself” (“Temet Nosce”) by Amira

“Know thyself” (“Temet Nosce”)   The ancient Greek aphorism “Know thyself” is one of the Delphic maxims,(though we find similar teachings going back to ancient Egypt and Asia) the first of three, inscribed on a column in the pronaos (forecourt) of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi (Greece). It’s given as “Nosce te ipsum” or…