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What are you afraid of?

This morning, after early morning silence meditation, Sensei walked with the monks in the lawns of the monastery. There was a fresh smell of pine in the air. Sensei asked the monks, “What are ea...

Wind Monk

Yesterday Sensei and the monastery monks were resting in the main hall after early morning meditation. An old, stern looking Monk wearing maroon robes walked in and greeted Sensei. Sensei stood up and...

The Shadow

This morning, Sensei and the monks had gone for a long walk. Near a field, Sensei stopped and asked the monks, “Look at my shadow. Tell me what it means?” Humble Monk said, “Sensei i...

The Fisherman

Once Head Monk and Sensei went fishing with a fisherman in his boat. Shortly after they had settled into the lake, the fisherman caught two fish. This was at about 10 am. The fisherman then continued ...

Jigsaw Puzzles

A few days ago, after the evening meditation, Sensei gave each of the Monks a jigsaw puzzle box without saying anything. Last evening after the meditation, Sensei asked for the boxes to be returned. A...

The Cemetery

For the past few days, in the late evening, Head Monk has been taking the Monks to the local cemetery. There, for almost three hours every day, the monks spend their time wandering in the chilly, deso...

The Tea House

Last evening, the Monks accompanied Sensei to a famous Tea House upon a hill. The Tea House was picture perfect. It had beautiful zen gardens, cosy wooden tea huts and a clear stream that gurgled as i...

Luggage

At the Monastery, we have interesting personalities. Sensei encourages monks to ‘be themselves’. Hence we have Laughing Monk, Truthful Monk, Mischief Monk and so on. Yesterday, Traveller M...

The Blackmailer

Last evening, a rather unusual guest visited the monastery. He was the country’s most notorious blackmailer and had just been released, after serving 20 years in prison. Sensei, the monks and th...

The Rooster

The Monastery sounds its Confucius bell early in the morning to wake up its residents. It’s a beautiful, deep, magical bell that makes beautiful music. For the past few weeks however, there is a...

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