The Monk and the Beggar

Harry sensei told us this story, which he claimed to be true, last evening’s class.

He said that there was a temple where a young monk was tasked to sweep the temple grounds towards the end of autumn, when the leaves has fallen.

A beggar came to the temple premises to seek shelter, food from the impending winter, and the young monk saw him and promptly chased the beggar out of the temple, into the streets.

With no shelter available, the beggar left and was never seen again, until 3 years later.

The same young monk was sweeping the same autumn leaves, when this well dressed guy came to the temple grounds. The young monk recognized the chap as the beggar he chased out of the temple 3 years before, and he was worried that the man, now rich, is back to seek vengeance for being chased out of the temple by the monk. He tried to make himself scarce but the man saw him.

Instead of a beating the monk expected, the man approached the monk with gratitude. He thanked the monk for throwing him out 3 years ago, and that was the turning point of his life. The winter he endured was cold and bitter, but he made it through determined to work hard and not beg anymore. He found a job, worked his way through the ranks and reached the level of wealth he now possess.

Hence, had the monk not chased him out 3 years ago, he would still be begging, seeking shelter and will forever be under people’s mercy.

So when you encountered a tough partner in training, thank the person for being so tough on you, so that you are exposed the best learning you can receive.


About Who is Randy Lim

This blog is about the journey and experiences in my life as an Aikidoka. With close to 20 years in the arts, I'll make comments and judgements based on 2 principles, E&E. Experimentation and Experiential reflection. please enjoy, and comment freely.
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