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A Presentation of a story with the important Life Lesson of Forgiveness.
For the Video ( with texts in English and Audio Narration in Hokkien) please check out the following Link:
Dedicated to my Hokkien Dhamma Class students at PBHP and the young and old with an affinity for Dhamma.
Once upon a time
two brothers who
lived on adjoining
farms fell into
conflict. It was
the first serious
quarrel in 40 years
of farming side by
other things without
It began with a small
and it grew into a
and finally it
exploded into an
exchange of bitter
words followed by
weeks of silence.
One morning there was a
knock on the older
brother’s door. He opened
it to find a man
with a carpenter's
"I'm looking for a few
days work," he said.
"Perhaps you would have
a few small jobs here and
there. Could I help you?"
"Yes," said the older brother. "I do have a job for you.
Look across the creek at that farm. That's my neighbor, in
fact, it's my younger brother. Last week there was a
meadow between us and he took his bulldozer to the river
levee and now there is a creek between us. Well, he may
have done this to spite me, but I'll take revenge and go
him one better.”
“See that pile of wooden planks by the barn?
I want you to build me a fence -- an 8-foot fence --
so I won't need to see him or his place anymore.
Two can play at a game.”
The carpenter said,
"I think I understand
between you and
Show me the spot
near the creek for
the main post
and I'll be able to do
a job that pleases
The older brother helped the carpenter get
the materials ready for the construction of
the wooden fence.
He had to leave for the town to get supplies
and he told the carpenter he would be back
the following day.
The carpenter worked real hard measuring,
The following day when the farmer returned,
the carpenter had just finished his job.
The farmer's eyes opened wide, his jaw
dropped when he saw
what the carpenter had done.
There was no fence there at all. It was a bridge...
a bridge stretching from one side of the creek
to the other!
A fine piece of work handrails and all.
And the neighbor, his younger brother, was
coming across, his hands outstretched . "You are
quite a fellow to build this bridge after all I've said
and done," the younger brother said
to his older brother.
Tears welled up in the older brother’s eyes.
His heart was choked with emotions. The
carpenter had taught him a most important
LIFE lesson… FORGIVENESS.
The two brothers hugged each other warmly.
They turned to see the carpenter carrying his
toolbox and getting ready to leave.
"No, wait! Stay a few days. I've a lot of other
projects for you,"
said the older brother.
"I'd love to stay on," the
"but, I have many more
bridges to build."
Reflection In this world of Transience
where Life is uncertain and
Death certain, let us learn to
forgive and let go.
will be then
Bro. Oh Teik Bin
May we grow in Kindness, Love
Bro. Oh Teik Bin