Behavior Mirrors the Mind - the Story of Su Dongpo and Fo Yin
Beauty is just as it is within or as seen without. Here is the story that inspired this thought.
Su Dongpo, the famous scholar, one day joined Fo Yin, a Buddhist monk, in sitting meditation.
They meditated for some time before Su Dongpo opened his eyes and asked Fo Yin, "What did you see in me when I was meditating?"
Fo Yin looked at him and nodded in approval, "You looked like a stately Buddha."
Su Dongpo was very pleased.
After a while, Fo Yin asked Su the same question. Su wanted to make a joke with him, so he said, "You look to me like bullshit."
Fo Yin smiled, and did not retort. Su Dongpo felt he had taken advantage of Fo Yin, so he went back home in a good mood, and told his sister, Su Xiaomei about it.
To his surprise, his sister laughed at him for his stupidity.
Su Dongpo did not understand why. Su Xiaomei then explained, "Monk Fo Yin cherishes Buddha in his heart, so in his eyes you looked like Buddha. You said he looked like bullshit. That means your heart is full of bullshit."