"All that we think we own was given to us by someone, somewhere, sometime." - Unknown
There is an old story of a Zen Master in Japan who needed a larger building because his students had grown to such great numbers. A local merchant decided to donate a large sum of money toward the new school and one day he brought the money to the Master.
‘All right, I’ll take it,’ the Master said.
The Merchant felt a bit disgruntled at the Master’s cool response because it was a large amount of money, considerably more than a lifetime’s salary. The Merchant pressed the Master by repeating the exact amount of money he was donating.
‘Yes, you already told me,’ replied the Master.
The Merchant pressed further, ‘Well I may be wealthy but even to me it is a lot of money’.
‘Would you like me to thank you?’ the Master asked.
‘Yes you should,’ replied the Merchant.
‘Why is that?’ the Master asked. ‘It is the giver who should be thankful.’
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