The Blind Men and the Elephant

One contributes only a piece meanwhile we share the bigger picture…

A group of blind men heard that a strange animal, called an elephant, had been brought to the town, but none of them were aware of its shape and form. Out of curiosity, they said: “We must inspect and know it by touch, of which we are capable”. So, they sought it out, and when they found it they groped about it each made a discovery.

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The Bird in the Hand

High in the Himalayan mountains lived a wise old man…

Periodically, he ventured down into the local village to entertain the villagers with his special knowledge and talents. One of his skills was to psychically tell the villagers the contents in their pockets, boxes, or minds.

A few young boys from the village decided to play a joke on the wise old man and discredit his special abilities.

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Bird in the Shell

There is a story of a man trying to help a bird from a shell…

There once was a man who was walking by and witness a bird hatching.  The man thought it was a wonder to stumble upon a miracle of life.  It was an egg shell about as the size of one inch or two.  The egg shell moved around shaking back and forth.  Suddenly, a chip folded out and a beak peered out.  The bird appeared struggling to get out of the shell.  It tried and tried.  The man felt sympathy for the bird and decided to help it a little.  The man teared the rest of the chip and soon after, the bird managed to get out of the egg.  It spread its little wings and jumped into the air to fly.  Unfortunately, the bird fell from the tree.

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The Flower Sermon

Buddha picked a flower in front of the followers…

Toward the end of his life, the Buddha took his disciples to a quiet pond for instruction. As they had done so many times before, the Buddha’s followers sat in a small circle around him, and waited for the teaching.

But this time the Buddha had no words. He reached into the muck and pulled up a lotus flower. And he held it silently before them, its roots dripping mud and water.

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