The Giver Should Be Thankful
While Seietsu was the master of Engaku in Kamakura he required larger quarterssince those in which he was teaching were overcrowded. Umeza Seibei a merchant of Edodecided to donate five hundred pieces of gold called ryo toward the construction of a more commodious school. This money he brought to the teacher.
Seisetsu said: "All right. I will take it."
Umezu gave Seisetsu the sack of goldbut he was dissatisfied with the attitude of the teacher. One might live a whole year on three ryoand the merchant had not even been thanked for five hundred.
In that sack are five hundred ryo,hinted Umeza.
You told me that before,replied Seisetsu.
Even if I am a wealthy merchant, five hundred ryo is a lot of money,said Umezu.
Do you want me to thank you for it?asked Seisetsi.
You ought to,replied Umeza.
Why should I?inquired Seisetsu. "The giver should be thankful."