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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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144 - Parrots Welcoming the Buddha

Bodhi Light Tales

156 - The Exemplary King
156 - The Exemplary King Storyteller: Venerable Miao Guang There was once a King who wanted to give generously to his people from hundreds of miles away. A minister volunteered and came up with an interesting plan... Read the full story here: Illustration: Venerable Dao Pu (道璞法師) 模範王 曾經有位國王想大行佈施,需要有能力的差使擔任。有位差使擔下重任後就進行了一個大行的計畫。。。 點此閱讀故事全文:
August 08, 2022
155 - The Fragrant and the Foul
155 - The Fragrant and the Foul Storyteller: Venerable Miao Guang Nanda, Buddha's stepbrother, recently started hanging out with a group of unruly bikshus. What did the Buddha do when he found out? Read the full story here: Illustration: Illustration: Venerable Zhi Tien (知田法師) 香和臭 佛陀與難陀尊者經過街市時,佛陀讓難陀用手碰了碰魚和花,為什麼呢? 點此閱讀故事全文:
August 01, 2022
154 - The Goddess and the Monkey
154 - The Goddess and the Monkey Storyteller: Venerable Miao Guang After renouncing, Nanda could not forget his wife. How did the Buddha help him realize his mistake? Read the full story here: Illustration: Venerable Dao Pu (道璞法師) 天女與獼猴 隨佛陀出家後的難陀,無法忘記自己的美妻。佛陀如何讓難陀覺悟回頭呢? 點此閱讀故事全文:
July 25, 2022
153 - Origin of the Ullambana Festival
153 - Origin of the Ullambana Festival Storyteller: Venerable Miao Guang Maudgalyayana, who was foremost in supernatural powers, was left helpless and heartbroken when trying to help his mother. When asked, the Buddha told him that nothing could be done to save her… Read the full story here: Illustration: Venerable Dao Pu (道璞法師) 盂蘭盆會 目犍連尊者雖然有「神通第一」之名, 卻因救不了母親而感到十分傷心。當目犍連向佛陀哭救時,佛陀只能說目犍連是救不了母親的。。。 點此閱讀故事全文:
July 18, 2022
152 - Scaring the Buddha
152 - Scaring the Buddha Storyteller: Venerable Miao Guang The Buddha was having a late night walking meditation when his attendant decided to scare him. Why did the attendant do it, and how did the Buddah react? Read the full story here: Illustration: Venerable Zhi Tien (知田法師) 扮鬼嚇佛 佛陀在深夜裡經行時,佛陀的侍者決定裝鬼嚇他。佛陀如何反應呢? 點此閱讀故事全文:
July 11, 2022
151 - Buddha Calling on the Sick
151 - Buddha Calling on the Sick Storyteller: Venerable Miao Guang A sick bhiksu had been bedridden for a long time without anyone's care. When the Buddha and Ananda visited, they found the bhiksu lying on the floor in his soiled robes. What happened then? Read the full story here: Illustration: Venerable Dao Pu 道璞法師 佛陀探病 一位生病的比丘,長期臥床不起,無人照顧。當佛陀和阿難來訪時,他們發現比丘穿著穢臭的衣服躺在地上。那時發生了什麼? 點此閱讀故事全文:
July 04, 2022
150 - Upali the Barber
150 - Upali the Barber Storyteller: Venerable Miao Guang Upali, from the lowest caste system, was asked to shave the Buddha's head, but he was worried that he's not worthy enough. Did he eventually take the job? Read the full story here: Illustration: Venerable You Cheng 有澄法師 為佛陀剃髮 來自賤族首陀羅族的優波離被舉薦為佛陀理髮,因而惶恐萬分,推諉不敢前去。最後他能成功的為佛陀理髮嗎? 點此閱讀故事全文:
June 27, 2022
149 - Old Age is a Gem
149 - Old Age is a Gem Storyteller: Venerable Miao Guang One day, the Buddha taught the importance of respecting elders through a story about a kingdom where elders were banished to a remote place and no longer cared for... Read the full story here: Illustration: Wai Choo Kok (韋曹掬) 老人是寶 有一次,佛陀為了讓弟子們了解他過去世恭敬父母、老人的因緣,於是就說了個故事:關於一個把長者都驅逐到遠方拋棄的國家。。 點此閱讀故事全文:
June 20, 2022
148 - Saving Aṅgulimāla
148 - Saving Aṅgulimāla Storyteller: Venerable Miao Guang Aṅgulimāla is a murderer who believed that killing people will lead him to enlightenment. How did the Buddha help him? Read the full story here: Illustration: Venerable Youji (有紀法師) 度化鴦崛摩羅 鴦崛摩羅因誤信老師,以殺人為覺悟之道。佛陀聽聞後如何度化他呢? 點此閱讀故事全文:
June 12, 2022
147 - The Three Kasyapas
147 - The Three Kasyapas Storyteller: Venerable Miao Guang The Buddha was seeking a night's stay at one of the Kasyapas brothers. There's only a room with a venomous snake left, yet the Buddha insisted on staying. Did the Buddha survive the night? Read the full story here: Illustration: Venerable Dao Pu (道璞法師) 三迦葉棄邪歸正 佛陀特地往訪在山中居住的拜火教首領優樓頻羅迦葉借住一宿,不料優樓頻羅家中只剩一間有毒龍的房間,佛陀卻堅持要入住。佛陀如果度過那晚呢? 點此閱讀故事全文:
June 06, 2022
146 - Devadatta's Battle
146 - Devadatta's Battle Storyteller: Venerable Miao Guang Devadatta, one of seven Sakyan princes became renounced under the Buddha. He grew to despise the Buddha and tried to surpass the Buddha no matter what, even if it could be a deadly act... Read the full story here: Illustration: Sofan Chan ( 怨親平等 提婆達多是釋迦族七王子之一,在佛陀座下出家。但他卻在心中鄙視佛陀,無論如何都想超越佛陀,即使這可能是致命的行為…… 點此閱讀故事全文:
May 30, 2022
145 - The Old Housemaid
145 - The Old Housemaid Storyteller: Venerable Miao Guang A housemaid's disagreement with her master's generosity towards the Buddha soon turned into resentment and jealousy. How did the Buddha help someone who detest the sight of him? Read the full story here: Illustration: Venerable Zhi Sheng (知聖法師) 度化女僕 有一位老女僕因不滿自己主人對佛陀的大佈施而對佛陀產生忌妒和怨恨。佛陀如何度化一位不願遇到他的人呢? 點此閱讀故事全文:
May 23, 2022
144 - Parrots Welcoming the Buddha
Storyteller: Venerable Miao Guang On the journey towards the kingdom of Magadha, the Buddha had to pass through a big forest where the Parrot King lived… Read the full story here: Illustration: Venerable Juewei (覺瑋法師) 鸚鵡迎佛 在往摩竭陀國的路途上,佛陀必須經過一座大森林,裡頭住了一位鸚鵡大王… 點此閱讀故事全文:
May 16, 2022
143 - The Sixth Bhiksu
Storyteller: Venerable Miao Guang While strolling down the river, the Buddha met a very frantic Yasa. It was then Yasa shared his terrible nightmare… Read the full story here: Illustration: Venerable You Cheng 有澄法師 度化耶舍 佛陀在河畔散步時,遇到一位十分慌張的青年, 名叫耶舍。感到不安的耶舍述說他所夢見的惡夢。。。 點此閱讀故事全文:
May 10, 2022
142 - Love Yourself
142 - Love Yourself Storyteller: Venerable Miao Guang On the topic of love, King Prasenajit contemplated on loving oneself and shared his reflections with the Buddha. Read the full story here: Illustration: Venerable Youji (有紀法師) 誰是愛自己的人 波斯匿王獨坐靜思時,反思著怎麼樣才能真正做一個『自愛』的人... 點此閱讀故事全文:
May 02, 2022
141 - King Prasenajit Taking Refuge
141 - King Prasenajit Taking Refuge Storyteller: Venerable Miao Guang King Prasenajit decided to pay Buddha a visit, to find out how a young man like him was able to inspire faith and respect in many people… Read the full story here: Illustration: Venerable Dao Pu (道璞法師) 波斯匿王的皈依 波斯匿王不了解為什麼年紀輕輕的佛陀能受到多人的崇敬與信仰,於是決定親自拜訪佛陀。 點此閱讀故事全文:
April 25, 2022
140 - Paving Jetavana with Gold
140 - Paving Jetavana with Gold Storyteller: Venerable Miao Guang In order to dissuade Sudatta from buying his beloved garden, the reluctant Prince Jeta gave an impossible offer where he requested the grounds of the garden to be paved in gold Read the full story here: Illustration: Venerable Juewei (覺瑋法師) 黃金舖地建祇園 為了打消須達長者想買花園的意念,祇陀太子要求須達長者用黃金佈滿自己心愛的園林 點此閱讀故事全文:
April 18, 2022
139 - Safeguarding Rahula
139 - Safeguarding Rahula Storyteller: Venerable Miao Guang A young Rahula was sheltering in the restroom as his own room was occupied by a senior bhiksu. Little did he know that there was heading his way… Read the full story here: Illustration: Venerable You Cheng 有澄法 救護羅睺羅 一場大雨,年幼的羅睺羅因為自己的房間被比丘佔去了,只好躲在廁所裡裡頭。但他沒想到有一條猛蛇在廁所的方向遊著 點此閱讀故事全文:
April 11, 2022
138 - A Road to Faith
138 - A Road to Faith Storyteller: Venerable Miao Guang Seeking a more routine life, a cattle herder renounced and became a monastic. But he was soon bored and returned to laity. The bhiksus grew wary of him as he repeated this process 6 more times… Read the full story here: Illustration: Venerable Youji (有紀法師) 信心之路 不想受挨餓之苦,牧牛人出家加入僧團。但因對僧團生活感到厭倦的他而返回俗家。沒過幾天因思念僧團又再次出家,如此反覆六次來回,比丘對牧牛人感到無奈與不信任。。。 點此閱讀故事全文:
April 04, 2022
137 - Everlasting Wealth
Storyteller: Venerable Miao Guang One of Buddha's disciple Ayusya was extremely wealthy yet known to be very generous with his wealth. Why is he so generous? Read the full story here: Illustration: Illustration: George Williams 長壽道人 佛陀有一個家財萬貫、富可敵國的弟子叫長壽道人,平日卻非常喜愛救濟貧苦人家。他為什麼這麼慷慨呢? 點此閱讀故事全文:
March 28, 2022
136 - The Parrot King
Storyteller: Venerable Miao Guang One of Buddha's disciples' alms begging behavior gave Buddha an opportunity to teach the Bhiksus through the story of a Parrot King. Read the full story here: Illustration: Sofan Chan ( 鸚鵡王 有一位比丘的化緣習慣讓佛陀為众比丘開示《鸚鵡王》的故事。 點此閱讀故事全文:
March 21, 2022
135 - Feeding the Eagle
Storyteller: Venerable Miao Guang In one of his previous lives as King Sibi, the Buddha was confronted with an unreasonable request: sacrificing himself to save a pigeon. Read the full story here: Illustration: Venerable Youji (有紀法師) 割肉餵鷹 釋迦牟尼佛曾是一位大國王,名叫薩波達。 為了救護鴿命,他必須自我犧牲 點此閱讀故事全文:
March 14, 2022
134 - The Arhat with Long Eyebrows
Storyteller: Venerable Miao Guang The arhat with long eyebrows was an enlightened sage, but he had not yet entered nirvana. Why is that? Read the full story here: Illustration: Venerable Dao Pu (道璞法師) 長眉羅漢 長眉羅漢是個證果的聖者,但他未入涅槃。 這是怎麼一回事? 點此閱讀故事全文:
March 07, 2022
133 - Blissful Bhadrika
Storyteller: Venerable Miao Guang Bhadrika was formerly a prince before he renounced. One day while meditating, he realized something that caused him great bliss. Read the full story here: Illustration: Venerable Dao Pu (道璞法師) 跋提王子 跋提王子跟佛陀出家後有一天在森林中參禪靜坐,忽然禁不住內心的歡喜,此起彼落的呼聲:「好快樂啊!好快樂!」跋提王子是悟到什麼了呢? 點此閱讀故事全文:
March 01, 2022
132 - The Poorest
Storyteller: Venerable Miao Guang An old man wanted to give away a golden box to the poorest man. As everyone came forth to claim it, how can he decide? Read the full story here: Illustration: Venerable You Cheng (有澄法師) 最貧窮的人 有位長者想把一個金盒子送給世間最貧窮的人,結果引來許多人前來領取。長者該如何決定誰是最貧窮的呢? 點此閱讀故事全文:
February 21, 2022
131 - The Little Maid of the Ganges
Storyteller: Venerable Miao Guang One day, the Ganges River Goddess came to the Buddha to complain about one of his disciples being disrespectful to her. What really happened? Read the full story here: Illustration: Venerable Youji (有紀法師) 恆河小婢 有一天,恆河女神因為不滿一位佛陀弟子對她的無禮而決定向佛陀告狀。佛陀怎麼處理這件事呢? 點此閱讀故事全文:
February 14, 2022
130 - Mettiya Slanders Dravya
Storyteller: Venerable Miao Guang Mettiya, a Bhiksu, was unhappy with one of Buddha's disciple Dravya and began spreading rumors about Dravya. What happened to Mettiya? Read the full story here: 彌多的口業 比丘彌多因不滿佛陀大弟子之一駝驃尊者的做法而開始毀謗他。彌多最後會遭到什麼報應呢? 點此閱讀故事全文:
February 07, 2022
129 - Rules and Order
Storyteller: Venerable Miao Guang One night, the Buddha found out that Sariputra, one of his ten great disciples, had his sleeping quarters taken over by some ignorant novice monks. How did the Buddha handle the situation? Read the full story here: Illustration: Venerable Dao Pu (道璞法師) 秩序  有一夜,佛陀發現十大弟子之一舍利佛的床鋪被一些新學比丘佔了。佛陀如何處理此事呢? 點此閱讀故事全文:
January 31, 2022
128 - A Bodhisattva's Challenge
Storyteller: Venerable Miao Guang One of Buddha's disciple, Sariputra, met a young man who needed Sariputra's eyes to cure his mother. How did Sariputra respond? Read the full story here: Illustration: Venerable Zhi Sheng (知聖法師) 大乘心難發 佛陀十大弟子之一舍利弗有天遇到一位男子正需要舍利佛的眼睛來醫治自己的母親,舍利佛是怎麼幫助他呢? 點此閱讀故事全文:
January 24, 2022
127 - The Impermanence of Human Life
Storyteller: Venerable Miao Guang One day, the Buddha asked his disciples to describe how impermanent human lives are, and his disciples shared their understanding of it... Read the full story here: Illustration: Illustration: Wai Choo Kok (韋曹掬) 人命在幾間? 佛陀有天問弟子人的生命到底有多麼危脆無常?弟子便一一分析他們的見解。。 點此閱讀故事全文:
January 17, 2022
126 - Caring for a Junior
Jealousy arose when rumors of Buddha's preferential treatment to a novice monk spread within the monastery. How did Buddha address this? Illustration: Lo Wan-Ching (羅婉青)
January 10, 2022
125 - The Buddha Carried His Father's Coffin
One day, the Buddha received the news of his father's critical condition, thus he returned to his home country to see his dying father. Illustration: Lo Wan-Ching (羅婉青)
January 03, 2022
124 - The Buddha Saves His Country
King Virudhaka wished to conquer Buddha's home country Kapilavastu. How did the Buddha save his country? Illustration: Liu Tang Hsiang (劉溏湘)
December 27, 2021
123 - Ananda and the Cookies
Ananda was distributing cookies to all devotees when some started criticizing him for being biased. How should he handle criticisms? Illustration: Venerable Dao Pu (道璞法師)
December 20, 2021
122 - Selling Poverty to Gain Wealth
One of Buddha's great disciple met a poor old lady while he's begging for alms. What can the old lady give? Illustration: Venerable Dao Pu (道璞法師)
December 13, 2021
121 - Sweep the Dust Away
One of Buddha's disciple wasn't smart enough to even remember a single sentence and he was almost chased out of the monastery. The compassionate Buddha saw this and helped him with another technique to practice... Illustration: Du Lu (度魯)
December 06, 2021
120 - Aniruddha’s Heavenly Vision
Aniruddha’s untiring efforts in practice eventually led him to lose his eyesight. After that he faced difficulties in his daily life. How did the Buddha help Aniruddha? Illustration: Wai Choo Kok (韋曹掬)
November 29, 2021
119 - Embracing Nidhi
Nidhi was born a Sudra, the lowest ranked of the ancient Indian caste system, and worked as a remover of human waste. One day he met the Buddha, feeling ashamed of his status, Nidhi tried to run away. What did the Buddha do? Illustration: Venerable Dao Pu (道璞法師)
November 22, 2021
118 - You Reap What You Sow
A King was furious when his daughter wasn't grateful towards the wealth he brought to her, and forced her to marry a beggar. What happened to the princess?  Illustration: Jukuei Hsiao (蕭如桂)
November 15, 2021
117 - Remaining Unmoved
As more people left their original faith to follow the Buddha, many other religious leaders became jealous and came up with a plot against the Buddha. What did the Buddha do? Illustration: Venerable Zhi Yu (知昱法師)
November 08, 2021
116 - Offerings of the Four Animals
In one of Buddha's previous lifetime as a Brahmin, he had to leave the forest he was cultivating at because there were no more food. The animals didn't want him to leave, so what could they do? Illustration: Venerable You Cheng (有澄法師)
November 01, 2021
115 - The Auspicious Kusha Grass
Unable to accept the death of her son, Kisa Gotami went to the Buddha to ask for help. How did the Buddha respond to her? Illustration: Sofan Chan (
October 25, 2021
114 - Sonadanda’s Teaching
One day, Sonadanda, a Brahmin, was discussing with the Buddha on whether wisdom or precept is more important. What was the answer? Illustration: Wai Choo Kok
October 19, 2021
113 - The Rarest Encounter
Three of the Buddha’s disciples had a discussion about what is the rarest thing in the world? Is it longevity and a healthy body? Is it to have an empathetic companion or a perfect family? What is the Buddha’s answer?
October 12, 2021
112 - Meghiya’s Search
Meghiya, a disciple of Buddha, wanted to meditate in a forest but the Buddha rejected his request, until one day the Buddha changed his mind... What was Buddha's intention? Illustration: Sofan Chan (
October 04, 2021
111 - Freeing Hariti
Hariti is a child-eating demon who steals children from a village. One day, her own son went missing, and she desperately asked the Buddha for help. Illustration: Sofan Chan (
September 27, 2021
110 - Uppalavanna’s Realization
Uppalavanna is a beautiful woman who had a thought of renunciation, but gave up as she thought it's a waste of her beauty. The Buddha then came by to teach her about impermanence..  Illustration: Venerable Zhi Sheng (知聖法師)
September 20, 2021
109 - The Transformation
There was once a man who's born ugly and thus led a secluded life in the forest. One day, the Buddha came by and tried to approach him.. Illustration: ZR
September 13, 2021
108 - Stingy
The Buddha was passing by the house of a merchant, where a dog continuously barked at him. The Buddha then explained to the dog about the causes and conditions of its past life... Illustration: Venerable Zhi Sheng (知聖法師)
September 06, 2021
107 - King Prasenajit's Weight Loss
King Prasenajit suffered from obesity but was helpless about it. One day, he turned to the Buddha for advice...
August 30, 2021
106 - The Offering of the Four Heavenly Kings
After the Buddha attained enlightenment, the Four Heavenly Kings tried to give an offering, but why did the Buddha decline their offerings? Illustration: Sofan Chan (
August 23, 2021
105 - Hurtful Speech
One day, a group of unruly disciples of the Buddha were mocking others and yelling at each other. The Buddha heard them and shared the story about a Brahmin and a cow. Illustration: ZR
August 16, 2021
104 - Four Sons
A lady told the Buddha she wished to have four sons, each for different aspirations. In the end, she only gave birth to one. Which aspiration did her son follow through? Illustration:  Venerable Zhi Xiu 
August 09, 2021
#103 - Four Kinds of Horses and People
Ananda asked Buddha how to encourage lazy monks to practice harder, and the Buddha used the analogy of horses to explain. Illustration: Venerable Ru Zhen (如禎法師)
August 02, 2021
102 - A Couple’s Aspiration
One day, the Buddha passed by a couple's house. The lady of the house wanted to offer the Buddha some food, but her husband wouldn't allow. What can she do? Illustration: ZR
July 26, 2021
#101 - Birthday Gifts for the Buddha
It's the Buddha's birthday soon and his disciples were trying to think what's the best gift for their teacher. However, this thought caused more harm than good...  Illustration: Sofan Chan (
July 19, 2021
[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 03, 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 05, 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 08, 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 01, 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 08, 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 01, 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 04, 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 07, 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 09, 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 02, 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 05, 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 07, 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 03, 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 06, 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 08, 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 01, 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 04, 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 06, 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 09, 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 02, 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 04, 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 06, 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 09, 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 02, 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 04, 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 07, 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 09, 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 02, 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 05, 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 08, 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 01, 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