One of the greatest joys in writing my blog is passing on the good news of Buddhism, this is a parable about the rich man, the poor man and the hidden gem …
A poor man visits a rich friend, gets drunk, and passes out.
The rich man, who has to leave on business, gives his poor man a priceless gem, which he secretly sews into the lining of his friend’s clothes.
When the poor man comes to, he resumes his life as a vagrant, unaware of the treasure he received during his blackout.
Later, he meets the rich man again, who shows him where the gem is concealed, and the poor man realizes his wealth.
Passing on the ideas and ideals behind Buddhist teachings can be likened to sewing a hidden gem into the lining of a friends clothes. Discovering the gem, even years later, can transform a poor life into one of untold enlightened riches.