The two dogs story

The great British playwright George Bernard Shaw told the story of a Cherokee elder who once described his own inner struggles in this manner: “Inside of me there are two dogs. One of the dogs is mean and evil. The other dog is good. The mean dog fights the good dog all the time. When asked which dog wins, he …

A simple red leaf

In his very short commentary on the Heart Sutra, the Heart of Understanding, one chapter is called “Happy Continuation.” Here, Thich Nhat Hanh comments on the line from the Heart Sutra in which the Bodhisattva Avalokita says: “Hear, Shariputra, all dharmas are marked with emptiness. They are neither produced nor destroyed.” Reflecting on this, Thich Nhat Hanh writes: One autumn day, …