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TABLE OF CONTENTS

#1.) "Friendship"
#2.)
"Zen Story"
#3.)
"The Truth"

#4.) "The Buddha"

#5.) "Interview with God"

#1.)

Friendship

A story tells that two friends were walking through
the desert. During some point of the journey, they
had an argument, and one friend slapped the other
one in the face. The one who got slapped was hurt,
but without saying anything, he wrote in the sand:

Today my best friend slapped me in the face.

They kept on walking, until they found an oasis,
where they decided to take a bath. The one who had
been slapped got stuck in the mire and started
drowning, but his friend saved him.
After he recovered from the near drowning,
he wrote on a stone:

Today my best friend saved my life.

The friend, who had slapped and saved his best
friend, asked him, "After I hurt you, you wrote in
the sand, and now, you write on a stone, why?"

The other friend replied: "When someone hurts us,
we should write it down in sand, where the winds of
forgiveness can erase it away, but when someone
does something good for us, we must engrave it in
stone where no wind can ever erase it.

Learn to write your hurts in the sand and to carve
your blessings in stone.

-- Unknown

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#2.)

Zen Story

One of the greatest of Zen masters, Lin Chi, used to say, "While I was young I was very fascinated by boating. I had one small boat, and I would go on the lake alone. For hours together I would remain there."

" Once it happened that with closed eyes I was in my boat meditating on the beautiful night. One empty boat came floating downstream and struck my boat. My eyes were closed, so I thought, 'Someone is here with his boat, and he has struck my boat.' Anger arose. I opened my eyes and I was just going to say something to that man in anger; then I realized that the boat was empty. Then there was no way to move. To whom could I express the anger? The boat was empty. It was just floating downstream, and it had come and struck my boat. So there was nothing to do. There was no possibility to project the anger on an empty boat."

So Lin Chi said, "I closed my eyes. The anger was there, but finding no way out, I closed my eyes and just floated backward with the anger. And that empty boat became my realization. I came to a point within myself in that silent night. That empty boat was my master. And now if someone comes and insults me, I laugh and I say,
'This boat is also empty.' I close my eyes and I go within."

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#3.)

The Truth

One day, according to an Eastern story, the gods decided to create the universe. They created the stars, the sun, the moon. They created the seas, the mountains, the flowers, and the clouds. Then they created human beings.
At the end, they created Truth.
At this point, however, a problem arose: where should they hide Truth so that human beings would not find it right away?
They wanted to prolong the adventure of the search.
''Let's put Truth on top of the highest mountain'', said one of the gods,
''Certainly it will be hard to find it there''.
''Les's put it on the farthest star'' - said another.
''Let's hide it in the darkest and deepest of abysses''.
At the end, the wisest and most ancient god said -
''No, we will hide Truth inside the very heart of human beings. In this way they will look for it all over the Universe, without being aware of having it inside themselves all the time''.

- from 'What we may be' by Piero Ferrucci

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#4)

 The Buddha

'Once when the Buddha was meditating his mind started creating problems, distracting him from the path of enlightenment. It was as hundreds of horses were galloping through his mind. But Buddha remained a witness and did not follow the image.

Then his mind turned into thousands of elephants that wanted to identify with them. Buddha did not follow and was just a witness. So his mind became a loving deer. But even this image was left without any attention.

Then his mind turned into a child drowning in the ocean, seeking his attention. Compassionate Buddha merged with his thoughts and stretched out his hand to save the drowning child. At once, the child turned into a monster and started pulling Buddha to the ocean. Buddha realized his folly and left the monster and continued being a witness. The monster turned again into a child and started pleading for help.

Buddha continued meditation of being - not participating but being a witness. The child drowned in the ocean and emerged as an enlightened mind reflecting Buddha's mind.

 

#5)                              The Interview with God

I dreamed I had an interview with God.

'Come in', God said, 'So you would like to interview Me?'
'If you have the time' - I said.
God smiled and said
'My time is eternity and is enough to do everything;
what questions do you have in mind to ask me?'
 
'What surprises you most about mankind?' - I asked.
God answered:
'That they get bored with being children; are in rush to grow up,
and then long to be children again.
That they lose their health to make money
and then lose their money to restore their health.
That by thinking anxiously about their future,
they forget the present, such that they live neither
for the present nor for the future.
That they live as if they will never die,
and die as if they had never lived...'
 
God's hands shook and we were silent for a while.
Then I asked - 'As a parent, what are some of life's
lessons you want your children to learn?'
 
God replied with a smile,
'To learn that they cannot make anyone love them,
what they can do is to let themselves be loved.
To learn that what is most valuable is not
what they have in their lives,
but how they have in their lives.
To learn that it is not good to compare
themselves to others....
 
To learn that a rich person, is not the one who has the most,
but is one who needs the least.
To learn that it only takes a few seconds to open
profound wounds in person we love
and that it takes many years to heal them.
 
To learn that there are people who love them dearly,
but simply do not know how to express or show their feelings.
To learn that money can buy everything but happiness.
to learn that two people can look at the same thing
and see it totally differently.
To learn that a true friend is someone who knows everything
about them...and likes them anyway.
To learn that it is not always enough that
they be forgiven by others,
but that they have to forgive themselves'
 
People will forget what you said,
People will forget what you did,
But people will never forget
How you made them feel.
 
- Unknown