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The Story of the Shopkeeper’s Son and the Secret to Happiness

A certain shopkeeper sent his son to learn about the secret of happiness from the wisest man in the world. The lad wandered through the desert for forty days, and finally came upon a beautiful castle, high atop a mountain.[...]

The Story of the Two Travelers and the Farmer

A traveler came upon an old wise farmer working his field beside the road. Ready to take a break from his journey, the wanderer hailed the countryman, who seemed happy enough to take a break himself, and talk for a[...]

Life is Not a Journey

“The existence, the physical universe is basically playful. There is no necessity for it whatsoever. It isn’t going anywhere. It doesn’t have a destination that it ought to arrive at. It is best understood by analogy with music. Because music,[...]

The Story of the Regretful Son

A rich man’s son was graduating college. For months, the son was asking his father for a new car, knowing that his father had more than enough money. When graduation day came, the young man’s father called him into the[...]

The Business is a Dojo for the Entrepreneur

“A dojo is a miniature cosmos where we make contact with ourselves – our fears, anxieties, reactions, and habits. It is an arena of confined conflict where we confront an opponent who is not an opponent but rather a partner[...]

Happiness as the Purpose of Life

When we’re unhappy, we tend to be more self-focused, and socially withdrawn. When we’re happy, we’re more social, flexible, creative, and tolerate challenges better.   Recently, more than ever, I’ve been adopting the perspective that the purpose of life is[...]

The Story of the Jobless Man

A smart but jobless man applied for a desk job position at an office of a very big corporation. The employer interviewed him, then gave him a test; the man passed. “You’re hired” the employer said. “Give me you’re email address,[...]

Using Honesty to Reach Goals

Being human is an interesting experience; we always want more. What it is, isn’t the topic; but just the feeling that there’s this drive inside each of us, that perpetually persuades us to “grow”. It could be physically, financially, intellectually,[...]

The Story of the Two Monks who Crossed a River

A senior monk and a junior monk were traveling together. At one point, they came to a river with a strong current. As the monks were preparing to cross the river, they saw a very young and beautiful woman also[...]

Immune to Insults

“Once there was a disciple of a Greek philosopher who was commanded by his Master for three years to give money to everyone who insulted him. When this period of trial was over the Master said to him, “Now you[...]