Not Judge a Person By His Looks
(From Book 158: Contemplation
Under the Lonesome Light )
When I walked past a
“Dockers” brand exclusive retail shop, a shirt on display
caught my attention. The shirt’s colour was similar to that
of my lama outfit, and it was made of a superb material with a
I walked over to ask the
salesgirl, “How much is this shirt?”
The salesgirl didn’t answer me.
She just gave me a quick glance from head to toe and continued
doing her own work arranging things.
I was undaunted and asked her
again, “How much is this shirt?”
She furrowed her eyebrows and
rolled her eyes, and then she feebly muttered the figure,
which was well within my expectations after I converted it to
US dollars: US$1,000.
I felt myself looking very nerdy
that day. On top I wore a floral print shirt that had only
cost me US$6; below I wore a pair of jeans and slippers. With
my bald head and my untucked shirt, I looked like a local
nerd. I hadn’t shaved my beard, either.
I also felt that my complexion
wasn’t good. My face is etched with more wrinkles now, and
patches of black pigment have sprung up. [A diet of]
non-nutritious food has made me look skinnier. I look like a
delicate, withered old man, with a poor and
I had asked for the price of the
shirt appearing as I did, so it was no wonder that she ignored
me. She thought I was a “street friend,” a homeless
However, she shouldn’t look
down on me! Her judgement of things that can be seen should be
based on what is inside, not on what clothes tell.
I’ve written many books – a
number hardly anyone can reach.
I’ve cultivated and entered
into the great radiance realm!
I am the founder of The True
Buddha School and I have more than four million disciples!
Suddenly, I had this thought: I
could ask one of my rich disciples to buy the shop and fire
the salesgirl! This thought gave me a chuckle.
What I intend to tell everybody
“I have become a very ordinary,
withered old man. My appearance is that of a homeless person.
All people can see is a cowardly, bald old man with a
trembling voice and stuttering speech. The only way to
understand him is to feel with your heart.”
Translated by Verona Ting
Edited by Dance Smith & TBN
Proofread by Jessie
Provided to TBN Courtesy of Padmakumara Translation Team