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HALF OR WHOLE

HALF OR WHOLE

A woman wanted to donate when she visited a Buddhist temple. But all she had were two coins. She gave them to the temple. The chief monk of the temple received her, listened to her confession and prayed for her.

Later on the woman entered the imperial palace and became wealthy. She went to the temple again and donated a thousand ounces of gold. But she was only greeted by an apprentice monk. Puzzled, the woman waited until the chief monk came out.

“Last time you met me personally when I gave you only two coins?” she said to the monk. uToday I gave a thousand ounces of gold, but you would not see me. Why?

“You were poor at that time, but utterly sincere. You were whole-hearted. I could not have returned your kindness if I did not come out to receive you personally. Now your donation is greater, but you are not as sincere. You are half-hearted. So I decided it is good enough to just let my apprentice see you.

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