Buddha in a Teacup: Contemporary Dharma Tales by Todd Walton

By Todd Walton

The forty-two brief stories that include Buddha In A Teacup are set in modern the US, rather than some time past China or India. each one parable springs from the author’s meditations on basic elements of Buddhist dharma as these educating practice to the realm this present day. a number of the stories are funny, a few unhappy, a few erotic, a few mysterious—all associated and balanced through subject matters of mindfulness, compassion, generosity, kindness and love. The reader needn't be a Buddhist or be aware of something approximately Buddhism to totally savour and revel in those common stories of the human .

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A gentleman out for a holiday was telegraphing a message in answer to a letter from a friend who was in trouble of soul. It was meant for another, but he who transmitted it received eternal life, as the words came flashing into his soul. CONVERSION—sudden I KNEW a man who had lived a life of carelessness and indifference, with occasional outbursts of drunkenness and other vices. This man happened one day, on Peckham Rye, to hear a preacher say that if any man would ask anything of God, He would give it to him.

Certain professors are Christians off and on, and nobody respects them. CHRISTIANS on duty A POLICEMAN wears an armlet to show that he is on duty, and all believers should feel that such a badge is worn upon their very heart, day and night. CHRISTIANS—pilgrims WE are pilgrims. We journey along a road which has not been smoothed by a steam-roller, but remains rough and rugged as a path to an Alpine summit. We push on through a wilderness where there is no way. Sometimes we traverse a dreary road, comparable to a burning sand.

AFFLICTION—blessed THE bow of trouble shot David like an arrow towards God! It is a blessed thing when the waves of affliction wash us upon the rock of confidence in God alone, when darkness below gives us an eye to the light above. AFFLICTION God’s Seal AFFLICTION is the seal of the Lord’s election. I remember a story of Mr. Mack, who was a Baptist minister in Northamptonshire. In his youth he was a soldier, and calling on Robert Hall, when his regiment marched through Leicester, that great man became interested in him, and procured his release from the ranks.

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