The term “Buddhism” comes from the word ” budhi “, which means “to wake up”. For this reason, Buddhist philosophy is considered the “philosophy of awakening”. Awakening is a process by which we not only open our eyes, but also completely awaken the other senses and the intellect in different ways, such as Buddhist micro-tales.
With the next 5 Buddhist micro-tales, we invite you to put apathy away, develop greater understanding and transform yourself into wiser people. We hope you like them and that they enrich you properly.
Buddhism teaches that, in addition to cultivating love and goodness, we should try to develop our intellectual capacity to achieve greater understanding.
The cup of tea
“The professor came to the Zen master’s house and introduced himself to him showing off all the certificates he had obtained in years and years of study. After that, the professor explained the reason for his visit, that is to know the secrets of Zen wisdom.
Instead of explaining him, the teacher invited him to sit down and offered him a cup of tea. Although the cup began to fill up, the apparently distracted sage kept pouring the tea, then the liquid began to flow all over the table.
The professor couldn’t help but warn him and tell him “the cup is full, you can’t add any more tea.” The master put down the teapot and said «You are like this cup: you have arrived full of opinions and prejudices. Unless your cup is empty, you won’t be able to learn anything. “
“Buddha was teaching a group of disciples when a man approached him and insulted him, with the intention of attacking him. In front of everyone, Buddha reacted with absolute tranquility, remaining still and silent.
When the man left, one of the disciples, outraged by this behavior, asked Buddha why he had allowed that stranger to mistreat him in that way.
Buddha replied serenely: “If I give you a horse and you don’t accept it, whose horse is it?” “. The pupil, after hesitating for a moment, said: “If I didn’t accept it, the horse would continue to be yours, master.”
Buddha nodded and explained that although some people decide to waste their time insulting, we can choose to accept such words or not, just as we would with any gift. “If you take it, you accept it, otherwise he who insults remains with the insult in his hands.”
We cannot blame those who insult us, because it is our decision to accept their words instead of leaving them on the very lips they came from. “
Buddhist monks and the beautiful woman
“Two Buddhist monks, one old and one young, were walking outside the monastery, near a stream of water that had flooded the area. A beautiful woman approached the monks and asked them for help to cross the huge pool that had created.
The young monk was horrified at the idea of carrying her in his arms, but the elder, quite naturally, picked her up and carried her across the pool. After that, the two monks started walking again.
The young man could not help but think about the incident he had before and at a certain point he exclaimed: «Master, you know that we have sworn abstinence! We are not allowed to touch a woman in this way. How could you have taken that beautiful woman in your arms, let her put her hands around your neck, join her chest with yours and carry her across the stream? “. The old man replied: “My son, you are still wearing that beautiful woman!”
The third Buddhist micro-story helps us to understand that sometimes we carry the past with us, with a sense of guilt or resentment, and we make it even heavier than it was. If we accept that an accident has passed, and therefore is no longer part of our present, we can take off a considerable emotional burden.
“One day some people saw an elderly lady looking for something on the street, outside her home. “What happens? What are you looking for? », They asked her. “I lost my needle, he said.” Everyone present began looking for the needle with the old lady.
After a while, someone said, “The road is wide and long and a needle is very small, why doesn’t it tell us exactly where it fell?” “Inside my house,” replied the old woman.
“Is she mad?” If the needle has fallen into the house, why are you looking for it outside? ‘ “Because there is light here, while not in the house.”
The fourth Buddhist micro-tale tells us that often, for convenience, we look elsewhere for what instead resides within us. Why do we seek happiness outside of ourselves?
We are not the same
“No one matured benevolence and compassion as much as Buddha during his time. The evil Devadatta was a cousin of Buddha, always envious of the master and perpetually committed to putting him in a bad light; he was even willing to kill him.
One day, while Buddha was quietly strolling, Cousin Devadatta threw a huge rock at him from the top of a hill. The stone fell beside Buddha, so that Devadatta was unable to end his cousin’s days. Buddha, despite having realized what had happened, remained impassive, he did not even lose his smile.
A few days later, Buddha met his cousin and greeted him affectionately. Surprised, Devadatta asked him, “Aren’t you angry?” “Of course not,” Buddha assured him.
Still bewildered, Devadatta asked, “And why?” Buddha replied, “Because you are no longer the one who threw the stone and I am no longer the one who was walking when the stone fell.”
Buddhist micro-stories adapted by Tina Giaccone