The Three Monks


On the high mountain, in a small temple lived a young monk. Every day, he drew two buckets of water for drinking with a shoulder-pole. Later, a thin monk came. The thin monk thought it unfair to draw water alone, so the two fetched water together in one bucket. The bucket was placed in the middle of the shoulder-pole. They still had enough water for both of them to drink. Then, a fat monk came.

The two monks asked him to fetch water. He carried a bucket of water and drank it up. From then on, nobody was willing to fetch water. So they had no water. They began to suffer from thirst. That night, the temple caught fire. The three monks finally forgot their selfishness and together put out the fire. From then onwards, they helped one another and the temple never lacked water.

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