The Marriage of the Princess and the Dragon-A Dharma Story

I am in love with this metaphor.

Metta Refuge

I’ve been thinking about “dragons” recently and thought I’d share this wonderful retelling of a Swedish fairy tale by dharma teacher Jack Kornfield from his wonderful bookAfter the Ecstasy, the Laundry: How the Heart Grows Wise on the Spiritual Path.

We all have our own “dragons” in our hearts. May this simple tale help us see more clearly a wise and compassionate way of dealing with them!

The Dragon and the Princess

“A traditional Swedish story gives a sense of the next phase of the journey within.

Because of the mishaps of her parents, a young princess named Aris must be betrothed to a fearful dragon. When the king and queen tell her she becomes frightened for her life. But recovering her wits, she goes out beyond the market to seek a wise woman, who has raised twelve children and twenty-nine grandchildren and knows the ways of dragons…

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