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Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind Review

Book Review: Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind by Shunryu Suzuki

Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind is a compilation of talks given by Shunryu Suzuki, a renowned Zen master from Japan and the founder of San Francisco Zen Center. Shunryu Suzuki is renowned for founding the first Buddhist monastery outside Asia.
The Essential Zen Reading List: 5 Zen Books Everyone Should Read

5 Best Zen Books Everyone Should Read

When we first start practicing Zen meditation, there is this voracious curiosity to learn more about this fascinating philosophy. Luckily, there are several books that explore this vast...
Zen Reflections: Eat When You're Hungry

Zen Reflections: Eat When You’re Hungry

There is no other Zen story that encapsulates the meaning of mindfulness more effectively than the one shared below. Read, enjoy and learn. A Zen master was once...
Forget about Enlightenment by John Welwood (Mindfulness Poetry)

Forget about Enlightenment by John Welwood (Mindfulness Poetry)

John Welwood is an American psychologist and author, widely known for integrating Western psychology with Eastern wisdom. He has authored several books, including The Meeting of the Ways: Explorations in...
The Guest House by Rumi

The Guest House: A Poem by Rumi

The Guest House is a well known poem by the 13th century Sufi mystic Jalaluddin Rumi (popularly known simply as Rumi). In the poem, Rumi uses the metaphor of a guest house to describe life's journey.
A Must Read Story from the Life of Buddha: Compassion and Forgiveness

A Beautiful (and Profound) Story from the Life of Buddha

There are plenty of stories from the Buddha's life and numerous lessons we can derive from them. Here's a beautiful story from the life of Buddha that teaches...
5 Zen Short Stories with Profound Life Lessons

5 Zen Short Stories with Profound Life Lessons

At Soulful Arogya, we love Zen stories and the immense wisdom they have to offer. These stories often provide insight into human nature and impart crucial life lessons. The stories...
Adi Shankaracharya Quotes

Adi Shankaracharya Quotes: 10 Remarkable Quotes Guaranteed to Make Your Day

Adi Shankaracharya, the renowned Indian sage and philosopher, is credited with revival and unification of various schools thought in Hinduism through his doctrine of Advaita Vedanta. Advaita (Non-Dualism) refers...
Happiness and Prosperity - The Zen View

Zen Reflections: Happiness and Prosperity

What is happiness and prosperity? Each of us has our own view on what makes us happy and prosperous. Zen philosophy has its own view too and...
Zen Story: A Cup of Tea

A Cup of Tea: Zen Story

Once upon a time, there was a wise Zen master. People from far and near would seek his counsel and ask for his wisdom. Many would come...
Buddha and the Female Monk - The Story of Matanga

Buddha and the Female Monk: The Story of Matanga

Among the many disciples of Buddha, Ananda had the most retentive memory. Ananda's memories of Buddha's teachings were passed on to generations before being summarized in the form of...
The Buddhist Saint and the Thief: Buddhist Story

The Buddhist Saint and the Thief

Nagarjuna is considered one of the chief philosophers of Buddhism who founded the Madhyamaka school of Mahayana Buddhism. Originally from South India, Nagarjuna was born to a Brahmin family...
Song of the Soul by Adi Shankaracharya

Song of the Soul by Adi Shankaracharya

Adi Shankaracharya was a renowned Indian sage and philosopher who is credited with revival and unification of various schools thought in Hinduism through his doctrine of Advaita...
The Monk and the Scorpion: A Zen Story About the Nature of Things

Zen Reflections: The Story of the Monk and the Scorpion

The practice of metta meditation or loving kindness meditation is deeply rooted in the Buddhist philosophy. With regular practice of loving-kindness meditation, not only do we develop compassion...
Ritual Cat: An Old Zen Fable

The Ritual Cat: An Old Zen Fable

Religious rituals are known to all human societies. Rituals appeal to tradition and are generally concerned with repeating historical precedents in a precise manner. The origins of...
Zen Story - The Diamond Sutra & Cakes

An Amusing Zen Story that Reflects its True Essence

"In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.” These are the words spoken by the reputed Zen master, Shunryu Suzuki, who...
A Story About Buddha You Probably Haven't Heard Before

An Incredible (Yet Rare) Buddha Story Guaranteed to Inspire You

Here is an interesting Buddha story that reflects the Buddhist philosophy in a delightfully simple way.
Zen Stories

3 Incredible Zen Short Stories with Remarkable Depth

Zen stories are ancient words of wisdom from Zen masters, originating with the Buddha himself. The stories are often amusing and humorous, but at the same time...
Hui Neng's Quest for Enlightenment: A Zen Story

Hui-Neng’s Quest for Enlightenment: A Zen Story

Hui Neng was a Chinese Buddhist monk who is counted among the most prominent masters of Chan Buddhism (Zen Buddhism). The Platform Sutra, one of the three...
10 Ramana Maharshi Quotes That Will Inspire You To Truly Be Yourself

10 Ramana Maharshi Quotes That Will Inspire You To Truly Be Yourself

Ramana Maharshi was a renowned Indian sage who was regarded by many as an enlightened being. At age 16, a sudden fear of death captivated him and brought...

10 Swami Vivekananda Quotes That Will Change Your Life

Swami Vivekananda was an Indian Hindu monk and chief disciple of Indian mystic and yogi, Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. He founded the religious philanthropic orders, Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna...
BKS Iyengar Quotes

10 Inspiring Quotes from B.K.S. Iyengar

December 14 marked the 97th birthday of the late great B.K.S. Iyengar. Widely credited with popularizing yoga in India and across the world, he inspired several people including J....

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