Wisdom Stories

Wisdom Story – 208

by Paul on July 25, 2014

One day a young, newly ordained priest, was having a conversation with a member of his congregation when the parishioner said, “You priests and preachers talk a lot about  ‘do unto others,’  but when you get right down to it, it comes down to basin theology.” The young priest, now very curious, asked, “Basin theology?  […]

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Wisdom Story – 207

by Paul on July 18, 2014

It was this very first class on a Monday morning. The wise teacher, a couple of years shy of retirement, started the day by asking her class of high school students: “Here is a quiz for you. You are sleeping. You are dreaming. A big tiger is chasing you. You try to run away and […]

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Wisdom Story – 206

by Paul on July 11, 2014

There’s a Hasidic tale about a famous rabbi who was on his way to teach a village that was very interested in his ideas. This was going to be a very big event, and each Jew in the community made great preparations, pondering what question he or she might ask the wise man. The rabbi […]

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Wisdom Story – 205

by Paul on June 27, 2014

There was once a well-known doctor who was famous not only for his medical expertise, but also for his extraordinary bedside manner. He was gentle and kind, and often helped people far beyond the call of duty. He had one fault, though: he loved talking about his righteousness, and felt that he was due honor […]

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Wisdom Story – 203

by Paul on June 13, 2014

Why must everything be so difficult? Couldn’t God have designed our lives so that we wouldn’t need to encounter disappointments, challenges and toil every step of the way? This must be one of the oldest questions ever asked. The answer–that an “easy” life would also be a meaningless life–is probably just as old. And so […]

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Wisdom Story – 202

by Paul on June 6, 2014

Once, a musician came to town — a musician of great but unknown talent. He stood on a street corner and began to play. Those who stopped to listen could not tear themselves away, and soon a large crowd stood enthralled by the glorious music whose equal they had never heard. Before long they were […]

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Wisdom Story – 201

by Paul on May 30, 2014

A Zen master said to a monk, “You must see the universe in your cup.”  The monk looked into his cup, but didn’t see the universe, so he threw the cup away. The Zen master said, “Oh, poor cup.  We think the cup is too small to hold the universe.  Intellectually, we can’t see how […]

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Wisdom Story – 200

by Paul on May 23, 2014

A young student of Zen happened to break a precious vase belonging to his teacher. When he heard his teacher’s footsteps, he quickly held the broken vase behind him. As the teacher walked up to him, he asked, “Why does one die, master?” “It’s natural,” said the teacher. “Everything has a beginning and an end. […]

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Wisdom Story – 199

by Paul on May 16, 2014

During the civil wars in feudal Japan, an invading army would quickly sweep into a town and take control. In one particular village, everyone fled just before the army arrived – everyone except the Zen master. Curious about this old fellow, the general went to the temple to see for himself what kind of man […]

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Wisdom Story – 198

by Paul on May 9, 2014

Mokusen Hiki was living in a temple in the province of Tamba. One of his adherents complained of the stinginess of his wife. Mokusen visited the adherent’s wife and showed her his clenched fist before her face. “What do you mean by that?” asked the surprised woman. “Suppose my fist were always like that. What […]

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