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Bodhi Light Tales

Bodhi Light Tales

By Fo Guang Podcast
Weekly tales of wisdom for mindful people on the go.
Host: Venerable Miao Guang

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1. All stories of Bodhi Light Tales are based on Venerable Master Hsing Yun's works.
2. Logo Design by Sedona Garcia
3. Music by Nicholas Ng (Australia)
4. Stories edited by FGS Institute of Humanistic Buddhism, Center of Int'l Affairs

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[Bonus#3] Living with Contentment
What is contentment? How can we find it? This bonus episode is a recording of a live discussion led by Venerable Miao Guang on one of our Bodhi Light Tales Story #33 #33 Living with Contentment on June 5th, 6pm PST over Clubhouse.
June 15, 2021
[Bonus#2] The Art of Letting Go
Why is letting go challenging? How can we learn to let go? This bonus episode is a recording of a live discussion led by Venerable Miao Guang on one of our Bodhi Light Tales Story #17 Let Go & Be Saved held on May 22nd, 2021 over Clubhouse. ----- A new season is on its way to you. In the meantime, join us in our next Clubhouse Q&A is on June 5th at 6pm PDT. Please join us as we discuss Story #33 - “Living with Contentment” Clubhouse event link: Story #33 here:
May 31, 2021
[Bonus#1] Choose 1️⃣: 💪Body, 💰Wealth, 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦Family&Friends, or🧠Mind?
[Bonus Episode] Choose 1️⃣: 💪Body, 💰Wealth, 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦Family&Friends, or🧠Mind? Which of the four are most important? This bonus episode is a recording of a live discussion led by Venerable Miao Guang on one of our Bodhi Light Tales stories: The Four Wives held on April 24th over Clubhouse. ----- A new season is on its way to you. In the meantime, join us in our next Clubhouse Q&A is on Saturday 22nd May at 6pm PDT. Please join us as we discuss story 17 - “Let Go & Be Saved.”  Clubhouse event link: Story #17 here:
May 18, 2021
100 - A Mother's Love (Season Finale)
A teenager left home after a fight with his mom and ended up in prison. Find out what happened when his mom visited him in prison. Illustration: Jukuei Hsiao Thank you for listening to Bodhi Light Tales. This brings us to the end of our first season. A new season is on its way to you, but in the meantime, please join us on Clubhouse. Our next Clubhouse Q&A is on Saturday 22nd May at 6pm Pacific Daylight Time. Please join us as we discuss story number 17, “Let Go & Be Saved.” Clubhouse event link:
May 10, 2021
99 - Laziness is Your Downfall
One cannot expect results without working hard to realize them. A man was promised $100K but didn't get any even after he died. What happened? Illustration: Jukuei Hsiao
May 3, 2021
98 - Persistence is Key
Diligence is the key to opening the door to success. Hear the story of a young musician who overcame challenges with his persistence.  Illustration by Venerable Dao Pu
April 27, 2021
97 - Hasty Conclusion
Too often, we are too hasty in making assumptions and impulsive in our reactions. What can we do to avoid making wrong decisions?
April 19, 2021
96 - A Lie Becomes a Truth
In today’s world, rumors disguised as factual news are commonplace. What can we do to create a harmonious world?
April 12, 2021
95 - The Buddha and the Gong
There was once a young entrepreneur who failed many of his start-up businesses. What is needed for him to succeed?
April 5, 2021
94 - The Unacceptable Gift
The great strength of forbearance can break defilements. There was once a man who went to the Buddha and repeatedly insulted him. How did the Buddha react?
March 29, 2021
93 - Tailor-Made
Life’s wisdom is most often found in setbacks and losses. An obese man couldn't find clothings that fit him, until he met a kind tailor who shared a wisdom that helped him changed the way he view life... Illustration: Venerable Dao Pu
March 22, 2021
92 - Lost Camels
We should observe our surroundings and be aware of what the details mean. A man lost his camels and asked the Buddha for help. How did the Buddha assist him?
March 15, 2021
91 - Spoiled Milk
The world we live in is in constant change. A man angrily confronted his friend after his milk became spoiled at his friend's place. How could this be resolved? Illustration: Complete Works of Venerable Master Hsing Yun
March 8, 2021
90 - The Spider
How do we respond when we encounter an issue? A Buddhist monk kept seeing a spider when he's in a deep meditative state. How did the Elder advised him? Illustration: Complete Works of Venerable Master Hsing Yun
March 1, 2021
89 - A Generous Donation
What mindset should we have when we give? A devotee heard about the temple needing donations for construction, and decided to donate a huge sum of money. How did the Chan Master respond? Illustration: Venerable Dao Pu
February 22, 2021
88 - Buddha, Where Are You?
How do the Buddha help us? There was a devout Buddhist who encountered a flood. He began diligently praying to the Buddha for help. Was he saved in the end? Illustration: Complete Works of Venerable Master Hsing Yun
February 15, 2021
87 - The Human-Faced Ulcer
Why is repentance important? An inexplicable human-faced ulcer began growing on a Chan Master's knees. Baffled by the cause of it, the Chan Master went to seek help.  Illustration: Venerable Dao Pu
February 8, 2021
86 - Candy Craving
Life’s greatest treasure is contentment. While trying to grab some candy from a jar, an old man accidentally had his hand stuck in the jar. How did it happen? Illustration: Venerable Dao Pu
February 1, 2021
85 - Heavy Bag
How can we overcome obstacles in our life? A disciple was constantly complaining about the heavy bag that he is carrying, how did his teacher respond to him?  Illustration: Jono Cheung
January 25, 2021
84 - The Lesson
What kind of attitude is needed for great achievement? Sylvia is very good at her job as a receptionist. However, her boss taught her the right attitude to have towards things seemingly outside of her responsibilities. 
January 18, 2021
83 - Sandalwood
How can we make the best use of everything around us and make them valuable and precious? A sandalwood merchant had difficulties selling his high-quality sandalwood. A charcoal merchant came by to give him some ideas... Illustration: Complete Works of Venerable Master Hsing Yun
January 11, 2021
82 - Behind the Success
What does it take to become successful? A factory manager made a mistake and the boss is extremely upset about it. What can the boss do to handle the situation? Illustration: Complete Works of Venerable Master Hsing Yun
January 4, 2021
81 - The Philosopher and the Boatman
How might we measure the value of one’s life? A philosopher was curious about the purpose of a boatman's life, and decided to ask the boatman.
December 28, 2020
80 - Hunchback
Physical and mental illnesses are part of life, and we need the right view to guide us. A thief was caught red-handed. How did he get a passing hunchbacked man to help him?
December 21, 2020
79 - Master Kuya’s Tears
An act of compassion can turn a life around. When a thief threatened Master Kuya's life, the Master started crying. What is he crying for?
December 14, 2020
78 - Heaven and Hell
Heaven and hell are not fixed places we journey to, they already exist in our minds. How can our minds live in heaven and hell in every moment?
December 7, 2020
77 - Steps of Life
As we age, we may put down our perceived burdens one at a time. However we may regret along the way. How can we move along the steps of life and decide what to let go? Storyteller: Venerable Miao Guang Edited by: Venerable Zhi Sheng, Belinda & Arthur Illustration: Complete Works of Venerable Master Hsing Yun
November 30, 2020
76 - The Prison of the Mind
A mind full of worries lives in a narrow world. A mind free of worries sleeps on a broader bed. How can a man who’s locked in a small prison cell find peace?
November 23, 2020
75 - The Value of Stone
How many people truly realize the value of their life? A young monk asked his master what’s the value of life. How did his master use a stone to answer?
November 16, 2020
74 - My Head
We should seek within, not without. A young lady thought that she'd lost her head and kept asking others for help. No one could help her until she met a Monastic...
November 9, 2020
73 - The Queen's Ring
Life’s disasters and fortunes are incurred by one’s actions. A King furiously threw away his Queen’s ring when he insisted her merits and virtue came from him but she disagreed. How did the Queen react?
November 2, 2020
72 - Two Wives
True wisdom is to conduct ourselves and approach situations with skillful and expedient means. Once, there were two wives who were competing for their husband’s attention, how did the husband handle the bickering?
October 26, 2020
71 - This Little Piggy
An act of compassion can have a great impact on others. One day, a butcher missed work as the temple’s gong that he depended as a morning alarm didn’t ring. Why did the monastic skip ringing the gong that day?
October 19, 2020
70 - Praying for Wealth
Most people think that giving only benefits the one who receives, but it actually benefits the giver too. Two brothers owned a field; one prayed to the Heavenly God for wealth, while the other cultivated the field. How did the Heavenly God help the brothers?
October 12, 2020
69 - Outside the Box
When a workplace embraces creativity, we often see increased problem-solving, team diversity, and effective teamwork. A design studio is hiring a studio director but received 500 applicants. How can the hiring manager find the right candidate?
October 5, 2020
68 - The Painters
Everything in this world is only possible due to many conditions coming together. A group of painters were supposed to complete a painting together for a king, but one of them went missing. What should they do?
September 28, 2020
67 - The Happy Suit
Where can we find happiness? A young man went around asking people from various backgrounds on their secret to happiness.
September 21, 2020
66 - Devil's Mask
We should respect everyone’s faith and religious path. A mother was extremely dissatisfied with her daughter-in-law’s dedication to a religion, and decided to teach her a lesson, but things didn’t go as expected.
September 15, 2020
65 - Discipline
As a teacher, parent, or leader, we ought to teach and lead by example rather than through words. There was once an Abbot who found out his disciple frequently broke the precept of refraining from intoxicants. How did he guide his disciple to the right path?
September 7, 2020
64 - No Lies
People often deceive others by telling lies to benefit themselves. A Chan Master was faced with the dilemma of defying the Emperor's orders or face punishment. How did he handle the situation?
August 30, 2020
63 - Bubble Mountain
There was once many monkeys living in a forest by the sea. They always wondered about life out in the sea. One day, curiosity got the better of them.
August 24, 2020
62 - Filthy
There was once a boy who fell into a well and became filthy. How did a Chan Master react to his disciple’s reluctance to clean the boy?
August 17, 2020
61 - Choices for Life
There was a Queen who was in the dilemma of violating the precepts to please her furious King. What should she do?
August 10, 2020
60 - Offering the Light
There was once a poor girl who offered a small oil lamp at the temple, but was looked down by a wealthy benefactor. How did the girl’s giving intentions changed his views?
August 3, 2020
59 - Fearing Nothing
There was an old grandma who had a very sweet tooth, and often overeats sweets. However, she’s never afraid of getting sick. Why did she become so fearless?
July 27, 2020
58 - Quit Anger
William is a talented factory manager who had difficulties controlling his temper. What is he missing in this process of quitting anger?
July 21, 2020
57 - Puffin the Cat
There was once a cat who stole some food because it's hungry. How did this small act on desire eventually turn into a big uncontrollable greed?
July 13, 2020
56 - Soccer Game
During a soccer match, both Ben’s shirt and his girlfriend’s hair caught on fire by accident. How were they able to react selflessly?
July 6, 2020
55 - Mind Your Own Business
When a ferryman accidentally killed many sea creatures while ferrying passengers, who should bear the responsibility? The ferryman or the passengers?
June 29, 2020
54 - Follow the Rules
There was once two children who didn't want to follow the rules. Their parents decided to teach them a lesson...
June 22, 2020
53 - Being Saved
A deaf man, a blind man, and a crippled man lived together in a house. One day, their house caught fire. How did they survive the fire?
June 15, 2020
52 - Returning His Worries
There was once a very happy couple. Their rich neighbor couldn't understand why they can be so happy, while he's miserable. One day, he decided to give them some of his worries.
June 8, 2020
51 - Barks of Life
Ray's marriage is no longer bringing him happiness just after a year. Feeling dejected, he visited a temple to seek advise from a Venerable. 
June 1, 2020
50 - Better off Blind
A loving couple became blind when they were young. 30 years later, they regained their eyesight, but only to find out an upsetting truth.
May 25, 2020
49 - A Boy’s Offering
Jaya was building castles from dirt when the Buddha was passing by. Jaya innocently offered corps made of dirt to the Buddha. How did the Buddha react?
May 18, 2020
48 - Dirty Basin
Rahula, the son of Buddha, had the mischievous habit of lying for fun. How did the Buddha teach Rahula a lesson?
May 11, 2020
47 - A Night Out
Chan Master Sengai caught his disciples red-handed for sneaking out of the monastery at night. How did he handle the situation with compassion and wisdom? 
May 4, 2020
46 - Death and Life
Ida's husband passed away suddenly, and she had a hard time accepting his death. How can she cope with the reality?
April 27, 2020
45 - Nudist Country
Jordan and Oliver are businessmen. While passing through a nudist country, they experienced a culture shock. How can they successfully sell their products?
April 20, 2020
44 - A Loving Son
Leah has a serious gambling addiction, and neglected her husband and son. It was her son's birthday one day, but she couldn't even afford a cake due to her gambling habit...
April 13, 2020
43 - The Happy Mom Washing Machine
Bryan and Isabel saved up their allowance in order to help their mother with laundry washing. However, they were short in cash to buy the cheapest washing machine...
April 6, 2020
42 - A Bowl of Noodles
Annie was upset with her mother, and ran away from home. However, she forgot her wallet, and was starving when she arrived at a noodle store...
March 30, 2020
41 - The Royal Beggar
One day, Mila, a homeless beggar, wanted to give an offering to the temple. Having nothing with her, she was pleasantly surprised when she found something she could offer in her pocket...
March 23, 2020
40 - Flowers or Fish?
A group of fisherman had no choice but to spend the night at a florist's storeroom. However, they weren't able to sleep at night, and were surprised to find out the true reason behind their insomnia...
March 16, 2020
39 - One-legged Duck
Richard is a busy CEO who is very serious and rarely show affection to his wife, Jane. One day, Jane had a conflict with Richard about ducks being one-legged.
March 9, 2020
38 - Life-saving
Martin, a doctor, missed his flight as he was trying to save a young lady from a serious car accident, without realizing the true identity of this young lady...
March 2, 2020
37 - The Poisonous Scorpion
There was once a scorpion who needed help to cross the river, but no animals are willing to because they were afraid of him. He finally got the help of a turtle, unfortunately, habits are hard to change...
February 24, 2020
36 - The Crow’s Caw
There was once a crow who was disliked by the village. Feeling disheartened, the crow wanted to move to another village, but a magpie persuaded him to face his problem the right way.
February 17, 2020
35 - The Two-Headed Bird
There was once a two-headed bird with two heads of its own mind, but with a shared body. One day, one of them was extremely upset with the other, and decided to take a revenge.
February 10, 2020
34 - Turtle and the Cranes
Once upon a time, there was a turtle and two cranes who were best friends. The turtle always wanted to fly, and the two cranes came up with a plan to satisfy the turtle's wish...
February 4, 2020
33 - Living with Contentment
A philosophy student, Alex, asked his teacher "What is love?" And before his teacher gave the answer, he asked Alex to go through a wheat field. What's the relationship between a wheat field and love?
January 27, 2020
32 - Three Times Eight
Yan Hui, a disciple of Confucius, got into an argument with someone who insisted that three times eight is 23, and is willing to sacrifice his life for this answer. The two came before Confucius to get the final answer, and Yan Hui was surprised by his teacher's answer.
January 20, 2020
31 - Five Dollar Silence
Wise retired Larry could not bare the noise created by a group of singing teenagers near his home, and decided to use a smart strategy to make them leave willingly.
January 13, 2020
30 - Keep it Secret
King Ashoka didn't want to pay respects to a novice monk in front of a crowd because of his status, but still felt obligated to do it. How can he make sure this act remains a secret?
January 6, 2020
29 - Nothing to Give
Paul received help from a passerby who demanded Paul to repay him. Paul said he has nothing to give, but the man insisted on getting something. What can Paul do?
December 30, 2019
28 - The Mind of Chan
Prajna and Suddha often cross paths at the market, and Suddha was constantly dumbfounded by whatever Prajna said.
December 23, 2019
27 - Kill It with Laughter
A king was sick and no doctors could figure out what happened. A monastic visited the king and shared a story that miraculously made the king feel better.
December 16, 2019
26 - Chilling Out in the Poop
Chan Master, Zhaozhou, was having a competition with his disciple on who can describe themselves as the dirtiest, smelliest, and lowliest word. Who won with which word?
December 9, 2019
25 - Peaceful Orchids
Chan Master Jin Dai was very much in love with his garden of orchids. One day, something disastrous happened to his beloved orchids, how did he handle his disappointment?
December 2, 2019
24 - The Blind Lamp
David, who’s blind, was traveling at night with a lamp. However, his lamp was extinguished, and he got into an argument because others can’t see him. How did David handle the situation?
November 25, 2019
23 - Fruit Portrait
Dorothy offered her son George a plate of fruit, and instead of eating it directly, George started drawing on it. Dorothy reprimanded him furiously, but only to realize she was wrong about his intentions...
November 18, 2019
22 - Six Sense Organs
The eyes, nose, ears, and mouth are arguing who’s more important, and insisted that the useless eyebrows shouldn’t be higher than everyone else...
November 11, 2019
21 - Cookie Fight
A couple wanted the only cookie for themselves so much that they competed on who can remain silent the longest. While competing, a thief came into their house...
November 4, 2019
20 - The Wooden Bowl
After feeling frustrated with his dad for breaking bowls during mealtimes, Andrew made a wooden bowl for him. Feeling smart, Andrew was later surprised when he found what his own son has been trying to make...
October 28, 2019
19 - The Four Envelopes
Michael was very unhappy as he’s always worried about his company and home. He met a monk at a monastery, and was given four envelopes to solve his problems.
October 21, 2019
18 - Deception of Our Senses
After a Chan Master crossed the river with a woman on his back, Sutta thought his Master was a hypocrite for giving into the temptation of beauty. One day, he decided to confront his Master...
October 14, 2019
17 - Let Go and Be Saved
Jack accidentally fell off the cliff while hiking, and is now stuck in midair with his hands grabbing onto a vine. How will Jack survive this adversity?
October 7, 2019
16 - The Squashed Frog
Han accidentally stepped on a frog one night, and felt upset all night. The next day, he tried finding the frog again but found something else instead...
September 30, 2019
15 - Watching the doors
Jerry the butler was asked to watch Rick’s doors while he’s away. A musical came in town, and Jerry had to come up with a way to watch both the musical, and Rick’s doors...
September 23, 2019
14 - Cultivation Starts With the Mind
Scholar Su Dongpo and Chan Master Foyin were meditating together when the Scholar thought of an idea to trounce the Chan Master and leave him speechless. But the Scholar’s taunting did not go as planned...
September 16, 2019
13 - Baby Monkey Waters Flowers
Michael the gardener had to leave his garden to the care of Papa Monkey and Baby Monkey. A few days later, Michael returned only to be surprised by the conditions of his garden.
September 9, 2019
12 - The Third Floor
Marcus was inspired by his friend James’s beautiful third floor. He hired builders to build one for himself, but with an extremely unreasonable requirement...
September 2, 2019
11 - Tuning the String Properly
A novice monk was very dedicated to his practice, but had a burnout. Thinking that he’s not suitable to be a monk, he went to his teacher to quit. His teacher asked him about how to tune a guitar instead...
August 26, 2019
10 - The Overflowing Cup
Aaron wanted to prove his intelligence by challenging the Chan Master with a question. The Chan Master made Aaron realized his ego through a simple cup of tea. 
August 19, 2019
9 - Jealousy, Thy Name is Weakness
 A great master had pain in both his legs due to arthritis. His two disciples offered to massage each of his legs to relieve the pain. Wanting to encourage the disciples to learn from each other, the master often praised the other disciple in front of each of them. However. this stirred jealousy between the disciples that led to a tragedy in the end. 
August 12, 2019
8 - Bubble Necklace
King Louise's daughter, Princess Bella, wanted a necklace made of bubbles in the pond. The king, not wanting to disappoint Bella, gathered all the florists in the city to solve this problem. No one could do it, until the oldest florist came up with a plan to help the daughter realize her attachment to impermanent things. Follow us on facebook:
August 5, 2019
7 - Finding Our Long Lost Mind
Simon, a tofu maker, finally attained permission to enter the meditation hall after promising to remain silent and meditate. Through taming his monkey mind, he realized something that he had long forgotten. 
July 29, 2019
6 - To Have Only Stolen Once
One night, Peter tried to steal from Chan Master Shiwu but was caught red-handed. The Chan Master shared that he's ever only stolen once in his life, but was forever satisfied since.
July 22, 2019
5 - Compassion Is Like a Bridge
A man seeks advice from a monk about his troubles at work as he was unable to relate to his colleagues. The monk inquires about the man's relationship with his pet dog, and in his own answer the man found the solution.
July 15, 2019
4 - A Simple Change Of Mind
There was an old woman who cried everyday, rain or shine as she thought about her two daughters. A Buddhist monk taught her to change her perspective and she smiled everyday since...
July 8, 2019
3 - A Respectful Heart is the Buddha's Heart
The five fingers were arguing over who's the leader among all the fingers. They later realized that a good leader needs to be humble, respectful, and compassionate...
July 1, 2019
2 - Where is Happiness?
Once upon a time, there were 2 homeless dogs who had only each other. The younger dog always wondered how to find happiness, and the older dog shared his wisdom.
June 24, 2019
1 - The Four Wives
A man is on his death bed, and doesn't want to die alone. He has four wives, and asks them who would go with him...
June 17, 2019