Articles by Nissim Amon


The Key

The Key

There was once a large prison full of people serving life sentences. One day an outsider came by and passed a key to them through the barred window, along with instructions for unlocking the prison door, so they could escape. “Just put the key in the keyhole,” he said. “Turn
Giving Up the Cane

Giving Up the Cane

Once upon a time, in a faraway land where everyone was blind, a conference was held in the great hall, in tribute to the wonderful cane. The latest lightweight collapsible models were on display, the fruit of generations of development since the early wooden sticks. According to legend, many years
The Anchor

The Anchor

Heaven and Hell are not places high up in the sky or down underground; they are nothing but states of mind. Rather than constantly complaining about the world, we have to take responsibility for our personal suffering and make a decision to make changes to our mind. The Buddhist path
The Servant Who Became the Master

The Servant Who Became the Master

Hinduism, the oldest of the Far Eastern religions, emerged over 3,500 years ago in northern India. The secret teachings of Hinduism have survived throughout the ages, many encrypted in simple tales spread by storytellers. Before the days of television, people would sit barefoot on the cool floor of the local
The Princess and the Pea

The Princess and the Pea

Not long ago I was reading to a story to my daughter about a queen who had a son, and she wanted to test a girl, to find out if she was a true princess, for in her opinion, only a true and perfect princess was good enough for her
Catching the Lizard by the Tail

Catching the Lizard by the Tail

Potila was a well-respected monk who lived at the time of the Buddha. He was so knowledgeable about the Buddha’s teachings that he could quote and explain them better than anyone else. Potila was charismatic, with a strong personality. His discourses were inspirational and he was loyal to the Buddha’s
The Raven of Thoughts

The Raven of Thoughts

The basis of the teaching on meditation and freedom from suffering is dealing with our inner raven. This is the raven of thoughts, the raven who chatters away in our mind, in our own voice, expressing himself in our own manner of speaking, and calling himself “I” as if he
Cat Food

Cat Food

Fourteen hundred years ago, Seng-Ts’an, the third Chinese Zen patriarch, was approaching the age of ninety and had yet to find a suitable successor for the title. There were many students in his monastery but none of them were worthy of being entrusted with the Buddha’s original robe and bowl,