A famous Buddhist monk in our country made a tour into Australia recently. The monk, who is talked in the political arena back-and-forth, accommodated during their tour to Australia at a friend’s house.
Any special treatments have not been given to the said monk by the owner of the house, who is living in bestowed with the Australian customs, and they were merely a guest to his house. Therefore, none of the treatments practised in terms of Buddhist customs, such as preparing seats covered in white sheets and obtaining alms, has been given, and it had not been a problem, for neither does the protagonist of our story is a person who expects such treatments.
During when the owners of the house were having their lunch, their visitor the monk was also invited, and they began to have lunch together in the same table. In a sudden, to the house owners’ astonishment, the monk seemed to be anxious, got up, took another plate and began to fill food on the table in little amounts into it. The owners questioned about it, and the monk replied, “We forgot to obtain the Buddha Pooja dear sir.. We’ll first obtain the Buddha Pooja and then have our lunch”.
Obtaining the Buddha Pooja, all sat and had their lunch thereafter.
Slowly the darkness began to fall, when the crew after lunch had conversations about their life itinerancies. The dinner was in the process of preparation when the monk was in the visitors room, and the owners sat on the table to have their dinner. The monk long-waited to have dinner, thinking, ’now I’ll be called, now I’ll be called’.
However, the owners, as if they are unaware that our protagonist is not at the home, began to have their dinner, and the monk, who could not spare another minute for their hunger, rushed into the dinner table without invitation, ‘Ah… dear sir, let’s eat then shall we?’. The owners gasped at the sudden emergence of the monk, ‘Honourable thero, forgive us if we had wronged you. Since the monks usually do not obtain dinner we didn’t invite you. We didn’t know that you obtain dinner at night. So we didn’t prepare anything special either.’
‘Ah, that’s okay dear sir, we’ll have something that’s left. It’s a normal thing for a monk to eat at night now, so it’s not that wrong’, the monk replied and began to obtain dinner.
No sooner, someone at the table talked as if something is remembered all of a sudden, ‘Dear god, we forgot to obtain the Buddha Pooja again didn’t we?’ Responding to the question our lord protagonist, ‘There there dear sir…. We don’t obtain the Buddha Pooja at night. Don’t speak of such sinful things. Lord Buddha doesn’t obtain anything, even though we do a little at night’, and continued with their plate adding a laugh into the rest of the crew.