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Weekly Moral Story, The Travelling Monk

In ancient times it was customary for a traveling monk seeking lodging at a Zen monastery to engage in dharma combat with the abbot or head monk. If the wayfarer won the debate, he could stay; if not, he had to seek quarters elsewhere.

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Once a master assigned his attendant to engage in such an encounter with a traveling monk, who challenged him to a silent debate. It so happened that this attendant had but one eye.

Soon the wayfarer returned to the master, saying, “Your man is too good for me. I must journey on. I held up one finger to symbolize the Buddha. But he held up two fingers for the Buddha and the Dharma. So I held up three fingers for the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha. But then he held up a clenched fist to indicate they were all one – so I ran to indicate I am no match for him.”

When the traveler who spoke these words left, the attendant arrived – angry and out of breath. “Where is that rascal?” he demanded. “First, he insulted me by holding up one finger to indicate I had only one eye. Determined to be polite in spite of that, I held up two fingers to indicate that, on the other hand, he was blessed with two eyes. But he just kept rubbing it in, for next he held up three fingers to indicate that all together there were only three eyes among us. So I went to hit him and he ran off! Where is he hiding?”

Author Unknown

Moral of Story

Remember that each and everyone of us has our own story going on within our hearts, no one else can ever walk in your shoes or know the pain and suffering you have experienced, a simple smile may change someone’s day completely, as does an insult, let’s choose our words and actions carefully and create compassion and loving kindness within the world.

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Weekly Moral Story

The Fairy Gathering

Our story begins a long, long time ago, a time when the earth was covered in great forest and wild oceans. All the earth was filled with bountiful fruits and succulent berries, all except for the frozen land of the North and South Poles.

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It was a time when Fairies were the masters of all the creatures, for they were the law that kept everything so harmoniously balanced.

It was a day very much like today, all those years ago, when a decision had to be made over the fate of the Brown Bear.

A Fairy gathering was called and all the creatures and animals of the forest started to appear. The birds were first flying in to gather on the beaches above, all ever for their view. The great land animals were next to arrive, the Elephants, Foxes, Cats and Deer, all jostling and squeezing excited by what they were to hear.

For it was on this day the Fairies were to decide, on the mischievous behaviour of the Brown Bears

First called to tell their tale, are the Bee’s, who honey is under threat.

The Bears, it seems, have been stealing this precious of gifts and the Bees aren’t best pleased.

A hush and a Silence fall amongst the crowd, for no one steals from the Bees, this is a serious crime, something must be a miss.

But our second little chap called to tell their story is a harvest mouse,

Who’s berries have been stolen right from within his house.

The Mouse is upset and starts to jump up and down,

“What is to be done, those berries were for my winter to come”

The crowd gets animated by the stories of the Mouse and the Bee,

The Bears have been naughty that’s clear to see.

But what comes next from a golden locked girl, beats that of the Mouse and the Bee,

She says that three Bears came round and stole her tea.

Three Bowls Of porridge were laid out ready to eat,

When round came the Bears in off the street.

The evidence is clear, they stole that porridge ready to eat,

But that’s not all, because they were still upstairs fast asleep.

The noise is of talking, all wanting to see,

What the fate of the Bears will come to be.

The Fairies are in discussion for a very long time,

What do they do with those Bears who stepped out of line.

If you steal from a friend, they will no longer be,

And that goes without a question if you steal from me.

If something is stolen that feels precious to you,

The pain and sad feeling can stick with you like glue.

The Fairy Master stands ready to speak,

A hush and a quiet falls, not even a squeak.

For all the Bears a warning is given,

That lying and stealing are forbidden.

“Stealing is a serious crime, that’s clear for all us too see”,

“With our minds made up the punishment will hurt you more than me”

“All the Brown Bears who making stealing their goal”,

“I will banish you instantly to the North Pole”.

The Bears begin to protest, making a noise like a gun

But there’s no use moaning or groaning as the crimes have already been done.

“Our decision is final, and for all those who stole”,

“Your punishment shall be to the North Pole”.

With a woosh and a flash of great light

All the Brown Bears were instantly turned white.

With another Woosh and flash of light,

Those Beats that stole, vanished out of sight.

This concludes our story from a very long time ago,

On how the Brown Bears turned white and are now found at the North Pole.

So if your thinking of stealing, please think of this little tale,

Because in real life you will end up going to jail.

This is cute tale or short moral story that is only written to entertain and demonstrate the severity of stealing. We hope you enjoyed. No Brown Bears were actually hurt or turned white in the making of this story.

kind regards

Dhamma Tapasa

Moral of the story

Stealing causes damage not only to the victims of stealing but also to the troubled and unsettled consciousness of the mind that stole.

We meditate to see that every thought and action we have creates karma, and all karma is the results of our inner dialogue and the actions that then take place. If we Steal we cause confusion within, leading to a troubled mind in the future.

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Weekly Moral Short Story

The Zen Master and his Dog

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The Zen teacher’s dog loved his evening romp with his master. The dog would bound ahead to fetch a stick, then run back, wag his tail, and wait for the next game.

On this particular evening, the teacher invited one of his brightest students to join him – a boy so intelligent that he became troubled by the contradictions in Buddhist doctrine.

“You must understand,” said the teacher, “that words are only guideposts. Never let the words or symbols get in the way of truth. Here, I’ll show you.”

With that the teacher called his happy dog. “Fetch me the moon,” he said to his dog and pointed to the full moon. “Where is my dog looking?” asked the teacher of the bright pupil.

“He’s looking at your finger.”

“Exactly. Don’t be like my dog. Don’t confuse the pointing finger with the thing that is being pointed at. “All our Buddhist words are only guideposts. Everyman fights his way through other men’s words to find his own truth

Author: Unknown

Moral of the story

Don’t believe everything you read or told. This includes all the Buddhist text and meditations, never take someone’s word for anything, always question what people tell you, explore within your own mind and heart what is right.

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The Four Monks

Four Monks

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Four monks decided to meditate silently without speaking for two weeks. By nightfall on the first day, the candle began to flicker and then went out. The first monk said, “Oh, no! The candle is out.” The second monk said, “Aren’t we not suppose to talk?” The third monk said, “Why must you two break the silence?” The fourth monk laughed and said, “Ha! I’m the only one who didn’t speak

Author: Unknown

Moral of the story

We all have a mind similar to that of a monkey jumping from branch to branch, always moving hear and there. This is known in Buddhism as the Monkey Mind, most of us never really noticing what we are thinking and act in a similar way to the Four monks practicing their meditation, each thought having actions and every action is the karmic reaction of that thought.

Training our minds in meditation not only calms our minds making us less stressed, anxious or depressed but helps us see clearly first hand our own monkey minds in action.

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The Four Trees

The Four Trees

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Once apon a time in a land not too far away, four trees started to grow on top of a small hill.

Three of the trees are very selfish, arrogant and proud trees always boasting how big and tall they will become, teasing each other how they will live forever.

The fourth tree is all happy and content, just to be a tree.

As time passes the three proud and selfish trees spend all their days growing as tall and impressive as they can, boasting each and everyday how wonderful they will be

The fourth tree listens but is all happy and content, just to be a tree.

Many years pass and the three trees all look impressive and have grown straight and tall, but they have grown ever more arrogant, selfish and proud, boasting and teasing constantly how they are better than the other and how surly they will now live forever.

The fourth tree isn’t the best looking or the tallest but is all happy and content, just to be a tree.

The woodcutter comes along and cuts the three proud, arrogant trees down to the ground. The first tree is made into the City Gates the second tree a Great Warship and the third tree into a Great Place of Worship.

Each of the three trees is proud and happy of their new position in society, boasting that they are better than the other and how they really will live forever.

The fourth tree is all happy and content, just to be a tree.

A great army comes to attack, the City Gates are destroyed, the great Warship is sunk in the harbour and the Great Place of Worship burnt to the ground.

Only the fourth tree survives growing on the hill all happy and content, just to be a tree.

The fourth tree knows that it can not live forever. That the day must come when the fourth tree will too pass away,

But not before it sets seed to Four little Trees growing on that hill, all Happy and Content, Just To Be a tree!

Author: Dhamma Tapasa

Moral of Story

Impermanence is the nature of everything, when we truly know the impermanence in ourselves and others we understand how precious each and every moment is. All that matters in life is to live each moment truly happy and content just to be.

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A Motivational Moral Short Story.

The Angry Boy & The Bag of Nails

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There once was a little boy who had a very bad temper. His father decided to hand him a bag of nails and said that every time the boy lost his temper, he had to hammer a nail into the fence.

On the first day, the boy hammered 30 nails into that fence.

The boy gradually began to control his anger and over the next few weeks the number of nails he was hammering into the fence slowly decreased.

He discovered it was easier to control his temper than to hammer those nails into the fence.

Finally the day came when the little boy didn’t lose his temper at all. He told his father the news and the father suggested that the boy should now pull out a nail every day he kept his temper under control.

The days gradually passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were finally gone.

The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence.

“you have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. It won’t matter how many times you say I’m sorry, the wound is still there.”

Moral of the story:

We all experience anger from time to time, what we all to often forget is the consequences of that anger on others, sometimes ever lasting. Learning where our anger comes from can help, try this link below for more on this topic

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Kind regards

Dhamma Tapasa