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He became known as the Lord Buddha
contribution – a bag of gold coins.
His wife offered necklaces
and bracelets. Then their
friends donated rings and
The monk accepted each gift most gratefully.
The only thing she possessed was a single coin of little value
The monk was in a hurry, and brushed her aside. “I have no use for that.” he said “It’s worthless!”
The precious gold was melted down to make the statue.
To their horror the statue that emerged was really ugly!
After an anxious wait they smashed the clay, but as the statue appeared they saw that it was even more hideous!
The young monk suddenly remembered his refusal to accept the humble offering from the servant girl at the house of the rich merchant.
On finding the servant girl he asked if she was still prepared to contribute her small coin, which was needed after all.
She was pleased to hand it to the young monk.
For the third time the monks waited anxiously for the mould to set.
It was the gift of the servant girl.
Merchant – a seller or trader
Humble – poor, modest
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