Author Archives: Alex Teo

The Great Brahma Who Knows (Almost) Everything

  During the Buddha’s time, there was a monk who strived to develop his mind such that he could enter the realms of the gods.  He wanted to meet the gods, hoping that they can give him an answer to … Continue reading

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Wind, Flag and the Mind

The 6th Patriarch of Chinese Zen School, Hui Neng, was a man of great wisdom. After receiving teachings from the 5th Patriarch (Hung Jen), he was instructed not to take up ordination immediately as conditions were not ripe for him … Continue reading

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How did Nagarjuna Die?

In ancient India,  there lived a young prince Shaktiman who desired to be King and was waiting for the day when he would take the throne when his father, the King, died. However for many many many years, the King … Continue reading

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2 Monks and A Woman

An old monk and his student were travelling on their way to another town when they came to a river. They would have to cross the river in order to reach their destination. Before they were about to cross the river, a beautiful … Continue reading

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Taming the Mad Elephant

Buddha had a cousin, Devadatta, who was extremely jealous of him. Devadatta felt that he himself was as good as Buddha and was jealous that people ignored him and did not honour him the way they honoured the Buddha. He … Continue reading

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The Little Bird that Stops a Fire

There is a Jataka tale (Stories of Buddha’s previous lives) when Buddha was born as a little bird that lived in a forest in India. One day a huge fire started burning in the forest and all the animal were … Continue reading

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Kisa Gotami and the Mustard Seed

During Buddha’s time, there lived a woman named Kisa Gotami. She married young and gave birth to a son. One day, the baby fell sick and died soon after. Kisa Gotami loved her son greatly and refused to believe that … Continue reading

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