Miyamoto Musashi

The Lone Samurai, by William Scott Wilson, relates the following story: On the way to a famous match, Miyamoto Musashi was passing a shrine dedicated to the god of war. He stopped a moment, intending to pray to the god for victory, but when walking to the altar he realized something important. Musashi had never…

Kukkuripa

Kukkuripa worked hard over many years to find spiritual freedom. During this time he found and adopted a dog who devotedly guarded him as he worked, shared the scraps of food he managed to gather, and protected their cave when he was gone. Kukkuripa loved her very much. Realizing a level of attainment, Kukkuripa was…

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. …