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King Pyrrhus of Epirus

King Pyrrhus of Epirus was approached by his friend Cyneas and asked, If you conquer Rome, what will you do next, sir? Pyrrhus replied, Sicily is next door and will be easy to take. And what shall we do after Sicily is taken? Then we will...
A Betting Man – Spiritual Story By Anthony de Mello

A Betting Man

A man and his wife went to visit friends in another part of the country and were taken to a racecourse. Fascinated by the sight of horses chasing one another around a track, the two of them kept betting all evening till they had no more than two dollars left. The following day the man prevailed upon his wife to let him go to the course alone. There was a horse with a fifty-to-one odds on it in the first race. He bet on the horse and...
Buddha Is Abused – Zen Parable By Anthony de Mello

Buddha Is Abused

Buddha seemed quite unruffled by the insults hurled at him by a visitor. When his disciples later asked him what the secret of his serenity was, he said...
Buddha Threatened By Death – Spiritual Story By Anthony de Mello

Buddha Threatened By Death

Buddha was once threatened with death by a bandit called Angulimal. "Then be good enough to fulfill my dying wish," said Buddha...
Best Tea In Japan – Zen Buddhist Story By Anthony de Mello

Best Tea In Japan

There was a group of elderly gentlemen in Japan who would meet to exchange news and drink tea. One of their diversions was to search for costly varieties of tea and create new blends that would delight the palate. When it was the turn of the oldest member of the group to entertain the others, he served tea with..
A Gift of Pearls – Spiritual Story By Anthony de Mello

A Gift of Pearls

The guru sat in meditation on the riverbank when a disciple bent down to place two enormous pearls at his feet, a token of reverence and devotion. The guru opened his eyes, lifted one of the pearls, and held it so carelessly that it slipped out of his hand and rolled down the bank into the river. The horrified disciple...
Monkey and the Hyena – Spiritual Story By Anthony de Mello

Monkey and the Hyena

A monkey and a hyena were walking through the forest when he hyena said, "Each time I pass by those bushes there, a lion jumps out of them and mauls me. I don't know why." "I'll walk with you this time," said the monkey, "and side with you against the lion." So they started to walk past the bushes when the lion pounced on the hyena and nearly mauled it to death. Meanwhile, the monkey..
Nagarjuna and the Thief – Zen Buddhist Parable By Anthony de Mello

Nagarjuna and the Thief

The great Buddhist saint Nagarjuna moved around naked except for a loincloth and, incongruously, a golden begging bowl gifted to him by the King, who was his disciple. One night he was about to lie down to sleep among the ruins of an ancient monastery when he noticed a thief...
Socrates and the Marketplace – Spiritual Story By Anthony de Mello

Socrates and the Marketplace

True philosopher that he as, Socrates believed that the wise person would instinctively lead a frugal life. He himself would not even wear shoes; yet he fell under the spell of the marketplace and would go there often to...
Magically Appearing Cave – Spiritual Story By Anthony de Mello

Magically Appearing Cave

A villager was once riding past a cave in a mountain at the precise moment when it made one of its rare magical appearances to all who wished to enrich themselves from its treasures. He marched into the cave and found whole mountains of jewels and precious stones that he hurriedly...