A Tibetan Buddhist Teaching

“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”  Wayne Dyer

A small dog lived in a small village at the foot of a large mountain.  The little dog was quite nervous and tended to be fearful of many things. There were days when he was afraid of his own shadow.  At the top of the mountain was a large building with a great hall.  The little dog was told that anyone who managed to climb the mountain and enter the enormous hall would be faced by a great truth.  It took enormous effort, but one day, the little dog managed to climb all the way to the top of the mountain.  In front of him appeared the large building and he noticed an enormous doorway that was open.  The little dog suddenly became fearful of walking through the door, terrified of what or who he might encounter.  His imagination got the better of him and he pictured fearful creatures, possibly monsters or dragons, inside the door.  Finally, he puffed up his chest, bared his teeth,  growled a deep angry growl and walked through the door.  What he encountered was terrifying.  There in front of him were a thousand angry dogs, all growling and baring their teeth.  Horrified, the little dog spun around and escaped back out the door.  He looked back, but none of the dogs had followed him.  The little dog decided that the world is truly a scary place!

The next day, a different dog, a happy and fun-loving dog made the same trek up the mountain to enter the great hall.  Without hesitation, he walked through the door.  What he encountered was amazing because standing in front of him appeared a thousand other happy little dogs, just like him.  This dog decided that the world is indeed a very happy place!

Of course, the great hall was a hall of mirrors and the world is simply a reflection of your own state of mind.


  1. Reminds me of the poet Proust I think who said something like you don’t need a new landscape, you need new eyes.

    • Elizabeth Rose says:

      Hi Maria,
      Thank you for your comment. Such a profound truth. We really don’t have to go far because everything is here, when we see out of new eyes.
      Enjoy a lovely week! E.