Indrabhuti

Indrabhuti was a Tibetan king who practiced his religion diligently.  Wanting his kingdom to grow he arranged for his sister, Laksminkara, to marry a neighboring prince.  The young lady wanted instead to find spiritual peace so she ran away to seek Enlightenment.  After she realized truth, she returned to serve the poor and teach subjects in her former home.  Rather than be angry, Indrabhuti was inspired by…

Hanuman

Hanuman is half monkey and half human.  There are many stories about him and most highlight his amazing magical powers such as flight, the ability to change size, and immortality.  As a child these gifts often got him into mischief and drove people to avoid him.  As he matured he realized his gifts were tools and advantages that made him uniquely powerful. …

Siddhartha Gautama

Siddhartha Gautama was born a prince to a loving family.  The kingdom was prosperous and the boy grew up with every need or want answered without question. As a young man he married a beautiful woman and they soon had a healthy baby.  His life looked like perfection and yet he walked away from it in search of Enlightenment.  This search led Gautama…

Saint Francis of Assisi

Saint Francis of Assisi believed that anyone could attain spiritual freedom.  He spent his life going far beyond his comfort zone looking for those who had been neglected.  He worked with the poor and the sick, sailed to dangerous lands, and even wrote songs and sermons to animals because he saw holiness in everyone.  His conviction was so extreme that he was often characterized as…

Ekadanta

Ekadanta means “one toothed’ and is another name for Ganesha. There are many stories about why he ended up with one tusk, ranging from defending his mother to breaking it off in a rage at the moon. Once broken, he used the tusk to write the Mahabharata. Most would say having part of your face…

Professor Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore

Albus Dumbledore lived with perfect etiquette. Having learned early in life what his weaknesses were, he maintained humility in every interaction and worked to always see himself as no better and no worse than those around him. Living with such humility allowed him to exercise self-control when others acted poorly. Albus knew he could not…

Campaka

Campaka was a wealthy Tibetan king consumed with the joys of his beautiful gardens. When a begging Yogin was not impressed, the king became curious about what was beyond the pleasures of his life and gardens. The guru instructed him to meditate upon “the flower of reality” to uncover truth. Campaka did this for many…