John liked to play with his friends. One day, they decided to play hide-and-go seek in the park. The friends soon got tired, and they all went to sit under a nice mango tree. All of a sudden, a large mango fell from the tree. John got it and was ready to eat it when his friends got upset. His friends told him that since they all played together, they should share the mango. John apologized and the friends shared the mango happily. A monkey in the mango tree was watching this, and was so happy the friends were sharing that he dropped seven more mangoes from the tree. The friends thanked the monkey and took the mangoes home to share with their siblings.
Retold from the Buddhism: A Graduated Course Series
There was once a very kind man and a very greedy man. As they were walking together, they stumbled across a Deity. He promised the men that he would grant each of them the wish of either giving or receiving all the time. The very king man said he wanted to give all the time, while the greedy man said he wanted to receive all the time. The Deity said "Ok," to the kind man, "I will make you a billionare so you will have plenty of chances to give to others." Turning to the greedy man, he said, "I will make you a beggar on the streets, so that you will have plenty of chances to receive." Think about this story the next time you are giving or reiceiving a gift.
Told by Bante Pemaratana