Sometimes a story can teach much more than entire philosophical treatises.
Religions from all over the world have used storytelling as a medium to convey their messages of wisdom.
One such religion is Buddhism, which for centuries has used parables, anecdotes, fables and tales to help people develop awareness by offering them enlightening insights and moral life lessons. This culminates in the teachings of Zen Buddhism, a tradition famous for using short stories extensively to arise in Buddhist monks and students a deeper, more comprehensive understanding of reality.
Gautam-Buddha.com is a collection of our favourite short Zen stories, translated in English by various translators. Some of them are easy to understand, others need more time to ponder at, but all of them are profoundly meaningful.
Whether you’re Buddhist or simply a seeker on the spiritual path, these short stories will assist you in your journey to peace and contentment, if you pay them close attention and let them talk to the depths of your being.
Apart form the Buddhist short stories, we have also included articles and contents that reflect on the life of Buddha, his journey to enlightenment, the origin of Buddhism, Buddha’s teachings, followers and so on.
May you learn and enjoy.