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The Poor Labourer’s Offering

The Poor Labourer’s Offering

The practice of giving is not only a privilege of the rich. As long as one has set one’s heart on doing so, one can similarly engage in the practice. The Buddha had said that the most meritorious act of giving is one that stems from a sincere and joyful..

A Thousand Pounds of Salt

A Thousand Pounds of Salt

A seed may appear insignificant, but once planted in soil, it has the potential to sprout and grow, and eventually become an adult plant that bears fruits. A tiny thought that arises in our mind is just like a seed ─ (it will bring about consequences...

The Most Auspicious Treasure

The Most Auspicious Treasure

There was once a Brahmin that was very learned in many subjects and well-versed in the art of foretelling the future from the stars. One day, his 500 disciples gathered to have a discussion on the various auspicious treasures found in different countries

Seeking the Answers to Ignorance

Seeking the Answers to Ignorance

In learning Buddhism, we must clearly understand how we came to this world and where we will go after death. The Buddha highlighted that we must first learn to calm and settle our minds. If we can do this, we will be able to clearly perceive everything...

The Story of Two Tigers and a Yakan

The Story of Two Tigers and a Yakan

There is a story from the Buddhist sutras about two ferocious tigers, who were very close to each other and would hunt together every day. They were always followed by a treacherous yakan (a legendary wild fox), which fed on the remains of their prey.

Kisa Gotami’s Search for a Mustard Seed

Kisa Gotami’s Search for a Mustard Seed

Most people tend to love only the ones who are related to them in some way; this is the type of mundane love that the common man knows. The Buddha taught us to open our hearts wide and love all living beings. Yet in practice, this is easier said than...

The Beggar Made Wealthy by a Dead Rat

The Beggar Made Wealthy by a Dead Rat

If one is willing to live by the Dharma, one will reap great benefits. And if we harbour a pure and simple mind in whatever we do, we will be able to carry out the task easily. Yet the minds of people are often stubborn and unyielding, and are thus...

Sunita, the Night Soil Man

Sunita, the Night Soil Man

When the Buddha was in Sravasti one day, he perceived that karmic conditions were ripe for Sunita, a member of the untouchable caste who worked as a night soil collector, to receive the Dharma. So he made his way to the city with a group of his disciples…

The Sweetness of a Simple Life

The Sweetness of a Simple Life

In a small Japanese village of poor farmers some two hundred years ago, there lived a family made up of an old granny and a young couple. The couple were extremely filial to the granny, and worked hard from dawn to dusk. Though they were poor, they...

The Monk and the Beautiful Girl

The Monk and the Beautiful Girl

When a young monk was on his aims round, he caught sight of a beautiful girl from a household. Though the monk had already been ordained as a monastic, he could not help falling in love with her. But as he could not express his feelings to the girl, he...

The Weaver and the Talented Man

The Weaver and the Talented Man

During the Buddha’s time, there was a monk in the monastic community who often bragged about his former wealth and noble status. He would say, “No one was of nobler birth than I. My family is the richest in the world; no one can surpass us in wealth…”

The Blind Beggar Boy

The Blind Beggar Boy

We must always remember that whatever we sow, we shall reap. Hence, we must stop all our wrongful thoughts and actions, and prevent them from arising again. If we have erred, we should repent in a timely manner or it will be too late for regrets when...