Story House


  MASTER JINBODHI TELLS A STORY A Poor Boy’s Candles Translation by Qing Yuan Illustration by Jun   Sally lived alone in a big house. Her closest neighbor was a single mother with a six-year-old son. She was well aware that the mother struggled to provide for herself and her son. One night the area was hit by a power outage. Sally’s house was plunged into total darkness. Feeling her w…
MASTER JINBODHI TELLS A STORY The One-Armed Beggar Translation by Dan Chi Illustration by Jun A one-armed beggar climbed flights of stairs to reach a monastery. He saw the master at the door and asked him for food. Instead, the master pointed to a large pile of bricks and told him to move them to the backyard. The beggar was furious and shouted that the master was mocking him for his physical di…
A Blessing Is No Coincidence MASTER JINBODHI TELLS A STORY Translation by Qing Yuan Illustration by Li Guo Jing   A hillside resort collapsed as the earthquake shook the ground violently. Many people were buried in the rubble and shrill cries for help rang out. Devastation was all around. An infant was left orphaned. Chun Lan, a cleaning lady who worked at the resort, heard his cries. She s…
Sharing Is Bliss   MASTER JINBODHI TELLS A STORY Translation by Dan Chi Illustration by Dai Xiang   Long ago, a master brought his disciples to a temple atop a mountain to practice meditation and self-cultivation.Upon arriving, the master planted some chrysanthemums in the garden. The following autumn, the garden was an abundance of golden grandeur. The village at the base of the mou…
Heaven and Hell   Hakuin was a famous Japanese Zen master. Many people came to him for inspiring teachings. One day, he was visited by a samurai warrior. “I want to know about Heaven and Hell. Do they really exist?” “Who are you?” “I am a samurai.” “Ha! What makes you think you can understand such deep subjects? You are merely a callous, brutish soldier! Go away and do not waste my time wi…
      Wisdom of a Pure Young Heart                    During the Warring States Period of Qin dynasty, there lived a boy by the name of Gan Luo. His grandfather was the prime minister, and thus the family enjoyed high status. Though only 12 years old, Gan Luo had the aura of a sage. He was intelligent, always calm, thoughtfu…
      Find the Best Way              A young monk and his master embarked on a long walk to appreciate the beauty of Nature. After walking for a distance, they were tired. They found a tall tree and decided to take a rest in its shade.         His master was thirsty and so the disciple walked to a slow-flowing stream to…
      The joy of Sharing             A noble lady with a deep love of flowers planted a great variety of foliage in the large garden on her sprawling estate. Framed by lush lawns and accompanied by a sparkling pond, it was as enchanting as a fairyland. Amidst the butterflies and bees, people gathered to have picnics, and sang and danced while the chi…
      Real Victory                     A talented tennis player was nominated to participate in a tournament. Past experiences had taught him that no opponent was his equal. He had no doubt he would be crowned the champion, as usual.                   During the finals, he met a stron…
      MASTER JINBODHI TELLS A STORY   The Fireflies Light of Hope           In a village lived a grandfather and his grandson. The grandson had a very impatient personality. His impatience often made him frustrated.         One evening, Grandpa told the young boy: “It is said that there are many fireflies in the forest. W…