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What Is The Path?

Posted by Master Jing Attiig on August 13, 2016 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

A young Monk once asked the Master, "What is the Path?"

The Master responded to the Monk, "Hold out your hand".

The young monk did so and the Master placed an orange that he was holding into the young Monks palm. The young monk had a break through.

The Master asked him, "What is the Path?"

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Function of the Monastery

Posted by Master Jing Attiig on August 8, 2016 at 4:20 AM Comments comments (0)

A lay person once asked the Master about coming to live at the Monastery.


The Master responded with a question of his own, "What is your passion in this life? What is the deepest question of your existence, from your own personal point of view?"


The lay person thought for a moment before answering, "I am a huge fan of learning. I love being with people and learning as much as I possibly can. I fin...

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Infectious Opinions & Judgements vs. Reality

Posted by Master Jing Attiig on August 1, 2016 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (0)

The Master spoke to the Assembly, "It has come to my attention that people have some opinions regarding the Monastery and our way of life. Some of you appear to have had your minds infected with these opinions. What do you know of this?"

A monk stood up and spoke," People don't think you are genuine".

The Master smiled, "Genuinely what?"

"A Monk and a teacher ...

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What Is A Warrior Monk?

Posted by Master Jing Attiig on July 20, 2016 at 7:50 AM Comments comments (0)

A young student of the Monastery asked the Master, "Can you tell me, what is the difference between an ordinary Monk and a Warrior Monk?"


The Master answered, "All Monks are Warriors against Mara, the King of Suffering."


The Student asked again, "Then why do people say that you are a teacher of Warrior Monks and at other Monasteries they say there are on...

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Anger and Expectation

Posted by Master Jing Attiig on July 19, 2016 at 2:20 AM Comments comments (0)

A young Monk once told the Master he was having problems with feelings of anger and frustration towards other people that he witnessed were not practicing the teachings of the Buddha.

The Master responded, "What do you expect?"

The young Monk was puzzled, "Nothing" he replied.

"If that were the case you would not be feeling such frustration at not seeing

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What Does It Mean To Be A Monk?

Posted by Master Jing Attiig on July 16, 2016 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)

An Apprenticse once asked, "I think what I am doing now is like being a Monk. Can you tell me, what is the difference?"

The Master responded, "Practising Kung Fu is for your self. Being a Monk is for the world".

A little puzzled, the Apprentice asked, "Can you please explain?"

"People practise K...

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The Way Has No Guilt

Posted by Master Jing Attiig on July 14, 2016 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (2)

A student once expressed that they were having problems facing an internal guilt in relation to not doing more for people, or not doing more than they currently were in daily life. This person felt that having time to themselves, focusing on themselves, was something that they shouldn't be allowed to do. Whenever such an occasion arose this person would try to find something to do to take away the guilt that they felt in that situation. They blamed themselves for every thing th...

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Endless War or Eternal Peace?

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A lay student once asked the Master, "Is it possible for me to live in the world and bring about great changes to inspire Spirituality within people?"

The Master appeared to be inquiring into the answer, he asked the student, "Why is it that you ask this question?"

The student spoke up, "The people of the world make me very angry when I see the amount of pain they cause each other and even myself. Their lives are based on ...

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