Once Upon a Time
Storytelling sometimes has a bad name in Buddhist contexts. Teachers say, “Drop your story. The stories you tell yourself about yourself confine you.” But Buddhism also makes use of stories. Human beings try to understand what it means to be human through stories. In the telling and the hearing, we explore what it is to be alive, to love, to lose those we love, to be silly, to have adventures. Stories undo our belief in a small separate self. For this issue of Inquiring Mind, we invited submissions of stories and poems with a “dharmic” perspective. We present this work in three sections, for the Buddha’s “three marks of existence”: suffering, impermanence and no fixed self.