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  1. A Buddhist Fairy Tale - Chapter 1 - One More Journey - Part 7

    Suddenly, my mind became crystal clear for one brief, astonishing moment similar to the moment when I stepped into the ring with the commander. But this moment was different; this moment was charged with greatness while the other seemed only a temporary respite. This time I saw my entire life unfold before me in one momentary flash, and I understood, if only for a moment, that a lifetime of deep insecurities cause insane ambition and a thirsting desire for dominance. And I understood how this was ...
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  2. A Buddhist Fairy Tale - Chapter 1 - One More Journey - Part 6

    Yet, strangely, happiness evaded me. The sorcerer promised that power was the answer to my discontent but now that I had unbridled power, not only was I unhappy but a disquieting, unexpected guilt began seeping into my soul.

    The guilt was not unlike that mystical change that turned me into a fighter years ago, but in an odd way, it was more subtle. I began really seeing the mayhem I unleashed and the death and destruction I had caused. This unexpected awareness was accompanied ...
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  3. A Buddhist Fairy Tale - Chapter 1 - One More Journey - Part 5

    The warrior/general was understandably apprehensive; he was about to risk his career over a stupid fight with an adolescent prince. Should he merely have me escorted off the training grounds and alert the king? No. He knew that I would have my way with the king and that political retribution would be certain. The commander carefully avoided political enemies. No, he had to please me, somehow.

    His training instinctively evaluated me as it would any other adversary, and as it did, ...
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  4. A Buddhist Fairy Tale - Chapter 1 - One More Journey - Part 4

    I stood perfectly still. He began walking faster until he began to trot, coming directly for me. I glanced toward the corral gate but I'd never make it.
    Then he surprisingly slowed to a walk, and then nonchalantly sauntered over as if he had known me forever! He looked at me for a moment; he looked directly into my eyes as if he was human, and then he became just a horse again, nuzzling my hand and looking for a treat. Despite the fact that this whole episode was rather disquieting, I ...
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  5. A Buddhist Fairy Tale - Chapter 1 - One More Journey - Part 3

    Chapter 1 - One More Journey - Part 3

    Of course! Power! It's what I had always thirsted for. I knew that I was destined for more than this princely role, this insignificant excuse for royalty that kept me so restrained. Yes . . . I could picture myself a great warrior leading my vast army to uncompromising victory, conquering all the kingdoms and showing my feeble father how it should be done.
    In the blink of an eye, I became obsessed with this idea of power. "Well ...
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