Quotes and Stories


How the Buddha Converted an Ascetic to the Buddha-Dharma before His Parinirvana

  While the Mallas were paying their last respects to the Buddha, a wandering ascetic named Subhadra heard that the Buddha was to attain final nirvana that very night. Knowing that it is hard to meet the Buddha, Subhadra hurried to see him in order to resolve his doubts about […]


8 Expedient Ways to Attain Buddhahood as Expounded in the Lotus Sutra

8 Expedient Ways to Attain Buddhahood as Expounded in the Lotus Sutra There is only one Buddhahood but immeasurable gateways to attain the same goal. In Chapter 2: Expedient Methods, the Buddha declares that all his teachings, be it early, middle or latter teachings, derive from the One Buddha-Vehicle. This […]


5 Inspirational Stories that Convey Important Life Lessons

5 Inspirational Stories that Convey Important Life Lessons “Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world today.” –Robert McKee  Story #1 – The Janitor    During my second month of college, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through […]


10 Types of Salvation by Guan Yin in the Lotus Sutra

Ten Types of Salvation by Guan Yin in the Lotus Sutra  Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, also known as Guan Yin (Chinese), Kannon (Japanese), Chenrezig (Tibetan), or Goddess of Mercy, is one of the most renowned and popular bodhisattva in East Asian Buddhism, particularly Chinese and Tibetan Buddhism. Guan Yin appears in Chapter […]