One day, a high official wanted to amuse himself in a temple.
His subordinates notified the monks in the temple three days in advance to prepare a good meal on time.
So all the monks in the temple busied themselves with the preparation.
The temple was situated in a remote mountain,surrounded by bamboo groves,and very tranquil.
After the high official had strolled about for a while, he was very pleased.
While dining, he recited lines from a poem of the Tang Dynasty:
“Passing through the bamboo courtyard and meeting a monk,A half day’s leisure is gained in this fleeting life.”
When the old monk heard these lines of the poem, he couldn’t help laughing.
The high official asked hastily:“What are you laughing about？”
The old monk replied:“Your Honour have indeed gained a half day’s leisure, but I have been busy for three whole days.”