December 17, 2010

Koan Study: Smiles

A new student once said, “It is good to go into the village Master. It gives me a good feeling to know we are appreciated. So many people are smiling when they see us from the temple.” Master Li replied, “Yes, I noticed they smile at you. I also noticed you do not tie your alms robe properly and every time you reach for their offering you expose your personals to them.” The student was shocked, “What? Why did you not tell me of this before Master?” Master Li laughed, “Who am I to deprive the villagers of a smile?”

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