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Zebra with Orange Stripes

After morning prayers, Sensei told the monks, “For a long time, I have wished for a Zebra with Orange Stripes. Let me ask each of you if you can get me one.” Sensei first looked at Honest ...

The Meteorologist

A famous meteorologist was the guest this morning at the Monastery. Sensei introduced him and requested that he address the gathering and share what he had learnt over the years. The meteorologist bow...

The Marathon

The marathon runs past the Monastery! As a practice, Sensei waves to the runners from the terrace and the monks cheer and hand them water bottles. After the race, the runners are invited for hot showe...

The Mountaineers

Two accomplished mountaineers visited the Monastery. One of them was quite famous for scaling the peak of a major mountain. The other man was his brother. Over lunch of soft noodles, black bean tofu a...

Imagining Happiness

Sensei gathered the monks in the auditorium. He instructed them to gently shut their eyes and said, “Vividly imagine things that give you happiness. Then remember me.” Thirty five minutes ...

Statue Monk

Yesterday, the Monastery celebrated the Winter Sun Festival. The day was warm, and amidst orange mountain peaks and lush pine trees, the monks gathered in the terrace garden to enjoy themselves. The l...

Forgive or Forget?

Angry Monk asked Sensei, “Sensei, I have an issue with someone. Tell me, what is more important – to forgive or to forget?” Sensei smiled at Angry Monk, clapped three times and said,...

The Roller Coaster

One of the world’s greatest Roller Coaster designers (a monk) came to meet Sensei. Sensei introduced him to the monks and invited him to speak. Roller Coaster Monk showed the most incredible rid...

The Fog

Early this morning, Sensei and the monks left the Monastery for a pre-dawn walk. They walked around a large circular field that was shrouded in a deep, misty fog. Sensei asked the monks to observe wha...

The Rope Way

Yesterday morning, Sensei told the monks that they were invited to stay at the legendary Fog Monastery in the upper mountains. Fog Monastery was a secluded and private monastery in the northern mounta...

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