Among the incense
burners who regularly visit our monastery, there is
a woman surnamed Lin. Lin’s husband has six fingers in
his left hand which is rather handy when it comes to play
a finger-guessing game.
Lin understood that gambling isn’t a good thing to do, but
since her husband kept winning, she decided that it might
be wise to respect another human being's freedom of lifestyle
expression. But later, the championship record holder in
finger-guessing broke bone in his left hand, which brought
a negative effect to his professional performance. Her husband
began to lose money to the point it threatened the financial
stability of her family's economy.
At this point, Lin started to feel strongly that her conscience
could no longer allow her to continue with business as usual,
so she kept coming to our monastery to cry, with many words
and lots tears, pressing us to do all we could to help bring
an end to the unspeakable sins against her family's prosperity
that continued to be committed by her sinister husband.
Both Master Wisdom Follower and Master Wisdom Benefactor
felt the situation was rather tricky, for it being someone's
domestic affairs, and for Lin's inconsistent attitudes towards
her husband's profession.
But eventually, after enduring many words and tears, Master Wisdom
Forever decided to visit Lin's family.
Soon after that, Lin returned to the monastery, looked all
happy and flowery, saying her husband had quitted gambling.
We asked Master Wisdom Forever what he had said to her husband,
the hairdresser of
the monastery scratched his hairless head and said, "Nothing,
really, I just let her say directly to her husband what she
had said to us."
It seems the problem persisted only because she had spent
her time and energy on the wrong people.
(You can visit Monk No Anger's personal blog to read his
original posts in Chinese at "http://user.qzone.qq.com/787129669/blog")
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