The Golden Buddha

~ There’s a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in ~ Leonard Cohen 

In 1954, in Bangkok, Thailand, a monastery was being relocated to make room for a new highway. The monks were given the task to arrange for a crane to come and move a clay Buddha to its new location. One moving day, when the crane started to lift the statue, it was actually much heavier than expected and immediately began to crack. Wanting to protect the priceless shrine, the monks lowered it back down and decided to wait until morning to move the statue. They were going to arrange for more powerful equipment.  

As that night grew darker, the rain set in. Unsure of what to do, the monks lovingly covered the statue with tarps to keep the moisture away. The head monk, unable to contain his curiosity and utterly honoring his intuition, took out his flashlight just to check on the Buddha one last time for the night. Much to his surprise and completely validating his...

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