|The Prime Minister of the Tang Dynasty was a national hero for his success as both a statesman and military leader. But despite his fame, power, and wealth, he considered himself a humble and devout Buddhist.|
Often he visited his favorite Zen master to study under him, and they seemed to get along very well. The fact that he was prime minister apparently had no effect on their relationship, which seemed to be simply one of a revered master and respectful student.
|This unexpected response
so shocked the Prime Minister
that he became sullen and angry.
The Zen master then smiled and said,
"THIS, Your Excellency, is egotism."
© 2014 MU-Peter Shimon