torsdag 25 maj 2017

Dialogue

Hi.

One evening by the fire Monkey spoke to the animals:

“Dialogue is an approach to life that builds on the value of examining questions together in the spirit of no one owning the truth.”

Mtfbwy
Fugen

fredag 19 maj 2017

Advice to a couple

Hi.

One day when speaking to a couple Monkey said:


“There is great value in truly seeing each other and take the consequences of what you see.”

Mtfbwy
Fugen

tisdag 16 maj 2017

The truth of suffering

Hi.

One evening by the fire Monkey spoke to the animals:


“The truth of suffering is that neither individual or social problems are only because of external conditions.”

Mtfbwy
Fugen

lördag 13 maj 2017

Peace lies within

Hi.

One evening by the fire Monkey spoke to the animals:

”Buddhism is all about letting go, standing back, and in the process get in touch with the wisdom and peace that is within us.”

Mtfbwy
Fugen

tisdag 9 maj 2017

Four important words

Hi.


One evening by the fire Monkey spoke to the animals:
”There is four very important words to stand by in life, Love, Honesty, Truth and Respect.
Without those in your life there is not much of value.”


Mtfbwy
Fugen

söndag 7 maj 2017

Fish

Hi.

One day Turtle found Monkey feeding fish at the river.
”Have you noticed what happens when two fish go for the same piece of food and only one gets it? What does the other one do?
Become angry and start a fight or sad and start crying?
No, they just turn away and search for new food. We could learn alot from the fish.”

Mtfbwy
Fugen

fredag 5 maj 2017

Its all right

Hi.


Its all right

One evening at the fire Monkey spoke to the animals:

”In the beginning you get all kind of thoughts, and they do their best to convince you that meditation is all right for some people but totally wrong for you.
In my case meditation started out tedious and painful beyond anything you would believe.
Now i am happy i stayed on the path and get the rewards of it.”


Mtfbwy
Fugen

tisdag 2 maj 2017

Putting out salt

Hi.

Hare spotted crazy Frog putting salt around his house.

”What are you doing that for?” Hare asked.
”To keep the giant snails away” crazy Frog replied
”But there are no Giant snails around here,” Hare objected.
”I know. Works good, right?”

Mtfbwy
Fugen

lördag 29 april 2017

The reverse side of the reverse side


Hi.
One morning at breakfast Monkey held up an loaf of bread and told Turtle:
”The reverse side also has an reverse side.”

Mtfbwy
Fugen

tisdag 25 april 2017

A stranger

Hi.

One day a stranger appeared in the clearing, sought out Monkey and said that he had a plan: He would spend a year with Monkey to get enlightened and then return home and continue with life.
Monkey just smiled in response.

Mtfbwy
Fugen

måndag 24 april 2017

Keep washing

Hi.

One evening by the fire, Monkey spoke to the animals:

“Meditation is much like washing clothes in the river. 
In the beginninng when you put it into the water, some dirt comes out and dirties the water. 
But the more you wash the clothes the less dirt there is. 
So, be patient and keep washing.”

Mtfbwy
Fugen

onsdag 19 april 2017

Wisdom


Wisdom

One day over breakfast Turtle asked Monkey: "What is Wisdom?"
"Wisdom is not knowing things but rather a deep understanding of things.
It is there to help you as discover the changing, interconnected nature of all things, including wisdom itself."

Mtfbwy
Fugen

söndag 16 april 2017

Who´s the smartest?

Hi.

I got the question the other day if Monkey is the smartest of the animals, to which i smiled and replied:
"No, but he's the one who talks all the time..."

Mtfbwy
Fugen

torsdag 13 april 2017

Appreciate and value life

Hi.

One evening by the fire Monkey spoke to the animals:

”There is an old story about a man who ran from his shadow and finally fell down exhausted. 
The same goes with life. 
No matter how hard you pursue pleasure and success there are time when you will fail. 
No matter how fast you run, Sometimes you will stumble.
It is much better to appreciate and value what you have here, now, and build around that than always live on the run.”

Mtfbwy
Fugen

måndag 10 april 2017

Finding the sacred

Hi.

One evening by the fire Monkey spoke to the animals:

”Buddhism is all about finding the dicovery of the sacred in the midst of the humble and ordinary.”

Mtfbwy
Fugen

torsdag 6 april 2017

Sides

Hi.

One evening at the fire Monkey spoke to the animals:

"Its easy to see others bad sides but hard to see ones own."


Mtfbwy
Fugen

tisdag 4 april 2017

Dubious teachers

Hi.


One day when out walking, Monkey told Turtle:
"Some very dubious people pose themselves as teachers of the Dharma, but actually take advantage of others in their pursuit to emphasize their own importance in the name of the Dharma. 
This is very unfortunate, and partly happening because, when it comes to things like spirituality, people are very gullible and forget the number one principle of the Dharma." 

Mtfbwy
Fugen

fredag 31 mars 2017

A stupid rock

Hi.

Monkey came by Mole who seemed to be working on something, so he asked what he was doing.
"Building a Zengarden", Mole answered," I'm working on a place where i can relax and contemplate more and this place would be perfect if it weren't  for that STUPID ROCK in the middle."
Monkey just smiled and went along.

Mtfbwy
Fugen

tisdag 28 mars 2017

A good return

Hi.


When Monkey returned from one of his travels everyone ran to meet and greet him.


"You know," Monkey said, "that if you have been missed while away you have done something good before you went."

Mtfbwy
Fugen

fredag 24 mars 2017

Mind-made

Hi.

One evening by the fire Monkey spoke to the animals:

“Funny thing this label that says “Made in china”, “Made in india” or “made in Japan” because when you get down to it, everything is Made in Mind or Mind-made.”

Mtfbwy
Fugen

torsdag 23 mars 2017

Live here

Hi.

One evening by the fire Monkey spoke to the animals:
”There is an old story about a man who ran from his shadow and finally fell down exhausted. The same goes with life. 
No matter how hard you pursue pleasure and success there are time when you will fail. 
No matter how fast you run, Sometimes you will stumble.
It is much better to appreciate and value what you have here, now, and build around that than always live on the run.”


Mtfbwy
Fugen

fredag 17 mars 2017

No mud, no lotus

Hi.


One evening by the fire Monkey spoke to the animals:
”It is true that without mud you have no lotus.
The difficulty is to see that for what it really is and appreciate them both equally.”

Mtfbwy
Fugen

onsdag 15 mars 2017

Everyday life is the path

Hi.

One day Mother Goose came up to Monkey and asked:
”What are the path?”
Monkey smiled and replied:
”Everyday life is the path.”
Mtfbwy
Fugen

måndag 13 mars 2017

Why are they smiling?

Hi.


Why are they smiling?

A visitor came to the clearing and after a while took Monkey aside and asked:
"I thought that Buddhism was a pessimistic religion all about suffering, death asf. So why are they smiling and what are everybody so happy about?"

Monkey just looked at him and smiled even wider.

Mtfbwy
Fugen

onsdag 8 mars 2017

What to do about worry

Hi.

One evening at the fire Monkey spoke to the animals:

"If you are worried about something, sit down, grasp the worry and hold it really, really tight.
Now watch what happens.
The harder you try to stay worried, the more difficult it becomes and eventually the worry dissipates."

Mtfbwy
Fugen

måndag 6 mars 2017

Smiles


Hi.

One evening by the fire Monkey spoke to the animals:

"Consider smiles.
They are your gift to the world and further, if you smile enough eventually it will reach your heart."

Mtfbwy
Fugen

onsdag 1 mars 2017

A house of bricks

Hi.

One evening at the fire Monkey spoke to the animals:

"Our practice is like building a house of bricks.
You put down brick by brick until you have a finished house. 
Yet, at the same time as you put down your first brick your house is built."

Mtfbwy

Fugen

fredag 24 februari 2017

Time to waste

Hi.


One evening at the fire Monkey spoke to the animals:
"Time is a funny thing, it is one of the most precious things but it's still ok to waste."

Mtfbwy
Fugen

fredag 17 februari 2017

This too will pass

Hi.

Lion came to Monkey and asked for a thing that not only cheered him up when he was unhappy but also stop him from being to proud and overbearing.Monkey smiled, took one of his ”laughing Buddha”-statues and wrote ”This too will pass” on its belly and gave it to Lion.

Mtfbwy
Fugen

tisdag 14 februari 2017

How hard can it be?

Hi.

Ostrich had agonized a long time on whether or not to start meditating and eventually Monkey went over to him with a big smile and said:
"For goodnes sake, all you need to do is sit on your backside and breathe. How hard can it be?"


Mtfbwy
Fugen

torsdag 9 februari 2017

The most important job

Hi.

One evening by the fire Monkey spoke to the animals:

”There is no trouble that cant be alleviated by half an hour spent doing some good cooking. 
That is one of the reasons one of the most important jobs in the monastery is that of the cook.”

Mtfbwy
Fugen

tisdag 7 februari 2017

The river

Hi.

The river

One evening by the fire Monkey spoke to the animals:

”Consider the river. 
It is in constant motion and overcomes all objects. 
It revels in its power as it thinks noone is equal to itself and then, eventually, it arrives at the ocean and realizes what a fool its been.”

Mtfbwy
Fugen

söndag 5 februari 2017

All things are zazen

Hi.


A young lady approached Monkey one day and said that she was worried that since having a baby her life was so full of sleepless night, diaperchanges, feedings asf that she had no time for zazen.

"No worries," Monkey said, "all those things are zazen."

Mtfbwy
Fugen

torsdag 2 februari 2017

No wasting

Hi.

Owl approached Monkey and asked about him eating meat.

”I didn´t kill the animal, the butcher did, and since i like it and there is alot of people starving in the World it would be wasteful not to eat that which is brought before me.”

Mtfbwy
Fugen

tisdag 31 januari 2017

Worth

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One evening by the fire Monkey spoke to the animals:
”Its never wrong to move on from being treated wrong, and you should never feel guilty for recognizing your Worth.”

Mtfbwy
Fugen

fredag 27 januari 2017

The business of busyness

Hi.

One evening by the fire Monkey spoke to the animals:
”When we get to caught up with the business of busyness we loose Connection with Everything, and everyone, including ourselves.”

Mtfbwy
Fugen

onsdag 25 januari 2017

Finding the discovery

Hi.

One evening by the fire Monkey spoke to the animals:

”Buddhism is all about finding the discovery of the sacred in the midst of the humble and ordinary.”

Mtfbwy
Fugen

torsdag 19 januari 2017

Crosswordpuzzles


 Hi.
One evening by the fire Monkey spoke to the animals:
”Consider crosswordpuzzles.
You enjoy doing and trailing the puzzlemakers train of thought and when you are done, you put it away, perhaps, a little more knowledgeable and with a smile on your face.”
Mtfbwy
Fugen

 

tisdag 17 januari 2017

Fight

Hi.


Two gorillas, who used to be friends, was having a grudge and had decided to meet for a fight to the death. 
Monkey showed up and asked: ”Tell me, this thing you have an grudge over does it have any intrinsic value?”
”None at all.” They replied.
”And your lives, limbs and blood does that have any value for you?”
”Its priceless.” They replied.
”So you´re about to risk something priceless for something of no value?”
The gorillas decided not to fight after all.

Mtfbwy
Fugen

lördag 14 januari 2017

Smiling

Hi.

Smiling

One day Monkey was sitting smiling near the pond in the forest when frog came by and asked: ”What are you always smiling about?”
Monkey replied: ”Look into the pond. Its like an mirror. What you see is the face of Buddha. Doesn’t that make you smile?”


Mtfbwy
Fugen

onsdag 11 januari 2017

Books

Hi.

One day, Owl, who was an experienced reader, asked monkey:
"Why do you have so many books?"
”Because i enjoy reading them.”

”Why do you give them away then?”

”So that others may benefit and enjoy them.”


Mtfbwy
Fugen

måndag 9 januari 2017

Not a quick fix

Hi.

One evening by the fire Monkey spoke to the animals:
”Buddhism is not a quick fix that you just apply quickly when something goes wrong and further, if you do it correctly it will change your life permanently.”

Mtfbwy
Fugen

torsdag 5 januari 2017

Good

Hi.

One evening by the fire Monkey spoke to the animals:
”A good approach to life and people can be developed by using the word good.
I am good.
He is good.
She is doing good.
Its all good practice.”

Mtfbwy
Fugen