The Stonecutter Story

The story of the stonecutter originated as a Japanese folk tale.  It paints a picture of change and ourselves going through the evolutions of life…

“There was once a stonecutter who was dissatisfied with himself and with his position in life.

One day he passed a wealthy merchant’s house. Through the open gateway, he saw many fine possessions and important visitors. “How powerful that merchant must be!” thought the stonecutter. He became very envious and wished that he could be like the merchant.

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The Wise Old Cherokee Story

This is an old wise tale about good and evil, choice, and the way of life…

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life.

“A battle is going on inside all of us,” he said to the boy.

“It is a terrible fight and it’s between two wolves. One is evil, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego. The other is good, joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith. This same fight is going on inside you and inside every other person, too.”

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Empty Your Cup

This is a common saying and a commonly told story in martial arts circles …

A master was trying to explain something to a student. Now this student was not a brand new student, but a senior student who had learned many things. He had knowledge and experience aplenty to draw upon. But each time the master tried to explain something new to the student, the student kept trying to hold it up against his own notions of the way the world is and how it ought be, and he was unable to see the lessons in what the master was trying to teach him.

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The Tortoise and the Hare

While there are many interpretations of this Aesop fable story, it is a wise old tale that we all grew up to…

A Hare was making fun of the Tortoise one day for being so slow.

“Do you ever get anywhere?” he asked with a mocking laugh.

“Yes,” replied the Tortoise, “and I get there sooner than you think. I’ll run you a race and prove it.”

The Hare was much amused at the idea of running a race with the Tortoise, but for the fun of the thing he agreed. So the Fox, who had consented to act as judge, marked the distance and started the runners off.

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