is a little township at
the foot of the mountain where
our monastery situated.
The settlement is called Watery Town, also known as Temple
Town, for it is surrounded by three Buddhist temples. Among
the three, Precious Buddha Light is the biggest one - much
bigger than our Bright Sky - which is a magnificent new sanctuary
built right in the recently developed tourist spot, with
many monks being the graduats from Buddhist colleges.
Watery Town is the place that we visit most frequently.
In the town there is a fruit stall owned by Mr Cai, and we
are his regular customers. Each time he would say to me,
“Little master, you know, what you've got is the lowest price
I've ever offered to anybody.” But I do know the younger
novices sometime got even lower prices.
There are two kinds of fruits on Mr Cai’s stall, one with
a label stuck on, one without. We normally only buy those
with no labels since we found the stickers were just there
to cover the scars on the fruits.
One day the monks of Precious Light came to visit our Bright
Sky, and brought us some fruits purchased from Mr Cai’s stall,
each having a beautiful label on it. We young monks laughed
at the Precious monks behind their back. But later when we
peeled off the labels, we found each fruit was flawless.
My master says when we treat our past experiences not as
guidances but rules, we often mislead ourselves. So when
I went to buy fruits today, I did not purposely pick those
with no labels.
(Original online post in Chinese: www.tianya.cn)
in a Pond by Our Monastery