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Wisdom Bite #19: Chasing Two Rabbits

Thumbnail image for Wisdom Bite #19: Chasing Two Rabbits by Mark Ament 28 February 2011

This story reminds me of the importance of focus for attaining goals. A martial arts student approached his teacher with a question. “I’d like to improve my knowledge of the martial arts. In addition to learning from you, I’d like to study with another teacher in order to learn another style. What do you think […]

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Wisdom Bite #18: The Wise Man and The Horse

Thumbnail image for Wisdom Bite #18: The Wise Man and The Horse by Mark Ament 25 January 2011

This simple story from the Taoist tradition reminds me of how simply some of our difficulties in life can be solved with a bit of wisdom and common sense.  In this case the wise man simply uses his intelligence to avoid pain. Once there was a horse tied up on the side of the street. […]

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Wisdom Bite #15: Learning to Be Silent

Thumbnail image for Wisdom Bite #15: Learning to Be Silent by Mark Ament 21 August 2010

Several years ago I attended a 10 day silent meditation retreat with my teacher in India.   I remember fondly how much I enjoyed the silence and the opportunity to simply watch my thoughts without giving them verbal form. I also remember how difficult it was for some of the group (we were about 200 people) […]

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Wisdom Bite #9: A Cup of Tea and An Empty Mind

Thumbnail image for Wisdom Bite #9:  A Cup of Tea and An Empty Mind by Mark Ament 1 February 2010

Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868-1912), received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen. Nan-in served tea. He poured his visitor’s cup full, and then kept on pouring. The professor watched the overflow until he no longer could restrain himself. “It is overfull. No more will go in!” “Like this […]

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Widsom Bite #1: Alan Watts on Seeking

Thumbnail image for Widsom Bite #1: Alan Watts on Seeking by Baba M 16 November 2009

“Just as no one in his senses would look for the morning news in a dictionary, no one should use speaking and thinking to find out what cannot be spoken or thought.” –Alan Watts

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