In the past, there were two clay idols in a temple. On the left was the idol of Tai Shang Lao Jun, the founder of Taoism, and on the right the idol of Sakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism.
One day, a monk saw the two idols in the temple. He was displeased and said:
“Our Buddhist doctrine is vast and limitless. How can we condescend to allow the founder of Buddhism to be placed on the right side of Tai Shang Lao Jun?”
So the monk moved the Buddhist idol to the left side of the Lao Jun idol.
Shortly afterwards, there came a Taoist priest. When he saw the situation, he felt offended and said:“Our Taoist doctrine is the highest and unsurpassed. How can we condescend to allow the Taoist idol to be placed on the right side of the Buddhist idol?”
So the Taoist priest moved the Lao Jun idol to the left side of the Buddhist idol at once.
Thus, the monk and the Taoist priest kept on moving the idols back and forth until the idols were broken into pieces m the end.
*Selected from the book Cherished Traditions by Shi Chengjin of the Qing Dynasty
【生词与短语 New Words & Expressions】
1.佛道自尊 [fó dào zì zūn] The Self- respect of the Buddhist and the Taoist
2.泥像 [ní xiàng] n. clay idol; clay statue
3.道祖 [dào zǔ] n. founder of Taoism
4.太上老君 [tài shàng lǎo jūn] (deity name) TaiShang Lao Jun(founder of Taoism)
5.佛祖 [fó zǔ] n. founder of Buddhism
6.释伽牟尼 [shì gā móu ní] (deity name) Sakyamuni (founder of Buddhism)
7.佛法 [fó fǎ] n. Buddhist doctrine
8.气恼 [qì nǎo] a. angry; offended
9.至髙无上 [zhì gāo wú shàng] (idiom) the highest and unsurpassed
10.碎 [suì] v. break into pieces