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A Storage Room
- Stories Told by a Young Chinese Monk (22)

12 March 2008

In the backyard of our Bright Sky monastery, there is a storage room, its door has no lock but a latch bolt from outside to keep it shut. There are no valuable stuff there, and the door is seldom opened.

My room is also in the backyard. Everyday on my way to Meditation Hall, I would walk past the storage. One day when I passed by, I noticed its door was open. I looked into the room and found nothing unusual, so I just bolted the door again.

Next morning on my way to the hall, I found the door was once again wide open, so once again I bolted the door. And the same thing repeated for the next few days.

At first I suspected the little novices might try to make fun of me. But soon I realised it was very unlikely since the boys got up much later than me. In fact, they don’t like to get up in the morning at all, each time I have to nag them to get dressed, and each time they would run into the Meditation Hall minutes before the cession begins.

Then who kept the door open, and for what? I determined to get to bottom of the matter. One day I went there in a very early morning waiting for that villain to appear.

Soon I saw Master Wisdom Benefactor, who came over, smiling, and asked me why I got up so early.

I grinned back like a fool, thinking how to answer his simple question properly. While I was still deliberating my reply, the master had already walked away, and when he passed the storage he unbolted the door.

So it was Master Wisdom Benefactor who kept the door open.

I walked into the room and at once detected a strong smell. Upon investigation, I found it was produced by the newly painted furniture. Apparently Master Wisdom Benefactor opened the door to disperse the odour.

Standing there, I asked myself: How many times we are quick to judge things by their appearance, and feel free to be suspicious of and pointing a finger at others? But every time when I bolted the door, and thought I was doing the right thing, I did not realise that it was no other but me who created problems for the situation.

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