Black-Nosed Buddha

A nun who was searching for enlightenment made a statue of Buddha and covered it with gold leaf. Wherever she went she carried this golden Buddha with her.

Years passed and, still carrying her Buddha, the nun came to live in a small temple in a country where there were many Buddhas, each one with its own particular shrine.

The nun wished to burn incense before her golden Buddha. Not liking the idea of the perfume straying to others, she devised a funnel through which the smoke would ascend only to her statue. This blackened the nose of the golden Buddha, making it especially ugly.

 

Seorang Bikhu yang sedang mencari pencerahan membuat sebuah patung Buddha dan melapisinya dengan lembaran emas. Kemanapun ia pergi, ia selalu membawa patung tersebut.

Waktu berlalu dan, masih bersama patungnya, sang Bikhu hidup di sebuah kuil di pedesaan, dimana terdapat banyak patung Buddha dan setiap patung memiliki altarnya masing-masing.

Sang Bikhu bermaksud untuk membakar dupa bagi patung Buddha-nya. Tidak ingin agar asap wewangiannya tersebar ke patung lain, ia membuat sebuah pipa, agar asap dupa hanya berhembus ke patungnya sendiri. Ini kemudian menyebabkan hidung patung Buddha emas tersebut menjadi hitam, membuatnya terlihat buruk rupa.

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