Instant Peace

The King called all of his counselors together for a meeting. He addressed them: “I want you to research and consult the wisest and most learned in the land. Follow every lead and leave no stone unturned. I want you to find the one principle that will get me through all situations in this life, forever reminding me all things here are temporal. Whether I am revered or reviled, gloating or anxious or sad, bring to me the idea that will assure my wisdom and greatness as King, that I might meditate on things eternal…”

Limited Expansion

Everyone in his community adored the rabbi; they were all enchanted with everything he said. Except for Isaac that is, who never missed an opportunity to contradict the rabbi’s interpretations, or to point out errors in the rabbi’s teaching. The others in the community were disgusted by Isaac’s behavior.

One day Isaac died. During the funeral the community noticed that the rabbi looked very sad. After the funeral someone asked the rabbi why he was so sad, as Isaac found fault with everything the rabbi did…

A Bet

When the great Rabbi Yitzhak Meir was studying the traditions of his people, one of his friends said to him jokingly: “I’ll give you a florin if you can tell me where God lives….”

The Judgmental Monk

One of the monks of Sceta said to Abbot Mateus: “My tongue is always causing me problems. When I am among the faithful I just can’t control myself and I end up condemning their wrong actions”…

Choosing Transformation

Once upon a time a daughter complained to her father that her life was miserable and that she didn’t know how she was going to make it. She was tired of fighting and struggling all the time. It seemed just as one problem was solved, another one soon followed.

Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen. He filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Once the three pots began to boil, he placed potatoes in one pot, eggs in the second pot, and ground coffee beans in the third pot…


One day, as usually was the case, a young waif, a little girl, stood at the street corner begging for food, money or whatever she could get. Now this girl was wearing very tattered clothes; she was dirty and quite disheveled…


A wise woman was traveling in the mountains when she found a precious stone in a stream.

The following day she met another traveler on the road who was hungry. The wise woman opened her bag to share her food with the traveler. When the hungry traveler saw the precious stone, he asked the woman to give it to him. She did so without hesitation…

Long View

A famous Zen spiritual teacher came to the front door of the King’s palace. None of the guards tried to stop him as he entered and made his way to where the King himself was sitting on his throne.

“What do you want?” asked the King, immediately recognizing the visitor.

“I would like a place to sleep in this inn,” replied the teacher…