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.
(You can visit Monk No Anger's personal blog to read his
original posts in Chinese at "http://787129669.qzone.qq.com")
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