The Two Arguing Tigers

An Original Moral Story

The Two Arguing Tigers.

Two tigers start to get into an argument while out for a walk

The first tiger is adamant that he is right, and the second tiger is certain that he is correct, both won’t give in, and the argument starts to escalate.

Just then, as they round a corner in the road, they meet a friendly meditating monk.

“Ahhh now for sure we will see I am right.” says one tiger.

“I don’t think so.” says the other tiger. “we shall see I am right.”

They pay their respects to the monk, before asking their pressing question.

“Monk we have a question for you.” states one tiger. “we would like you to clarify who is right and who is wrong. where does Heaven and Hell reside? My friend believes that Heaven is above, and Hell is below but I disagree, and am sure that Hell is above and Heaven is below. Monk please tell us”

The Monk smiles and considers the problem for a moment before replying.

“I’m afraid neither of you are correct. Heaven and Hell don’t reside outside of us, either above the clouds or deep within the earth. Heaven and hell reside in each one of our minds. Let me explain. Both of you are angry with each other in this moment and so your minds are filled with a destructive force, this is like a Hell. Only peace and compassion can bring about a Heaven in our minds”

Both the two tigers instantly understand what the monk has explained and drop their stupid argument, apologise to each other and become friends once more.

“And right now, in your mind tigers, is Heaven.” said the monk “when we have peace and compassion in our minds we are experiencing Heaven.”

Author: Dhamma Tāpasā*(Andrew Hallas)

Moral of the Story:

Heaven is not a place, Heaven is a state of consciousness. And if you learn to raise your level of consciousness, you raise your level of understanding


  • The Nature of Conflict:
    • Reflect on the conflicts in your own life. Are there any ongoing arguments or disagreements that could benefit from a shift in perspective?
    • Consider how the tigers’ stubbornness to be “right” escalated their argument. Are there instances in your life where ego or the need to win an argument has led to negative consequences?

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Dhamma Tāpasā is the spiritual name given to Andrew Hallas a fully trained and former Buddhist Monk who now Teaches & coaches the Art of Positive Thinking to Transform Your Mind.

12 thoughts on “The Two Arguing Tigers

  1. 4enlightenment – Dhamma Tāpasā is the spiritual name given to Andrew Hallas a fully trained and former Buddhist Monk who now Teaches & coaches the Art of Positive Thinking to Transform Your Mind.
    4enlightenment says:

    Thank you for your kind words. If you like the two Arguing tigers then I know your love “The Horse & Butterfly”

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