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Right and Wrong :.

When the Water Warriors Master held his water warfare training sessions, students from many parts of the country came to attend. During one of these gatherings a student was caught cheating, stealing another's water blaster during a game. The matter was reported to Master with the request that the culprit be dismissed. The Master ignored the case.

Later the student was caught again, using water from a forbidden source, and once more the Master disregarded the matter. This angered the other students who drafted a note asking for the dismissal of the cheater. They threatened that if nothing were done, they would leave as a group.

When the Master read the note, he called everyone before him.

"You are truly wise, brothers," he told them. "You know what is right and what is not. You may go study somewhere else if you wish, but this poor brother does not even know right from wrong. Who will teach him if I do not? I shall keep him here even if all the rest of you leave."

A torrent of tears cleansed the face of the brother who had cheated. All desire to cheat vanished.

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Adapted from "Right and Wrong" in 101 Zen Stories.

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