His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa's telling a story: What do you want? Book or money?




There is an older one who comes to me, he is not often seen here, and he only comes to my place occasionally. When he's here, I just finished arranging the room. There is one red envelop together with a pile of things inside my room, I do not know whether it is Australian dollars or pounds, Beside the red envelope, there is a commemorative album published by "Remembering the Activities of All Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche's" entitled "Calling Lama from Afar".

I picked up these two things, a red envelop in one hand and a booklet "Calling Lama from Afar" in another hand. I told that person who came to me said: "You want money or you want this book?" I did not expect him to be shocked after hearing what I said and step back, he folded his palm together and thought for a moment, and finally, he said that he wants both.

In Tibetan, to pronounce the sound of "money" should toot up his mouth. I can see he already toot up his mouth and almost speak out, but his mind reminds him that he should not be like this, how can he think about money? But he swallowed back his word. After repeatedly thinking, he had no choice but give answer of wanting both.

I went on and say: "Cannot be like this, you cannot take both." And follow with a question said: "Tell me honestly, when you are facing with these choices, what come first into your mind?" He replied honestly: "Money Ah!"

This example primarily is to tell us that those are often given by the guru and what disciples need must be matched to be helpful. Like the oral instruction given by guru is what disciple wants, he will accept it naturally; if both can not meet their agreement, no matter how profound, how excellent the teaching is, it won't do any help to this disciple, it will only be wasted.

-- His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa's Teaching in spring dated February 23, 2013

TRanslated by 龔詠輝

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