One day a famous government officer met a highly respected elderly master. Being conceited, he wanted to prove that he was the superior person.
As their conversation drew on, he asked the master, “Old monk, do you know what I think of you and the things you said?”
The master replied, “I don’t care what you think of me. You are entitled to have your own opinion.”
The officer snorted, “Well, I will tell you what I think anyway. In my eyes, you are just like a pile of dry shit!”
The master simply smiled and stayed quiet.
Seeing that his insult had fallen on deaf ears, he asked curiously, “And what do you think of me?”
The master said, “In my eyes, you are just like the Buddha.”
Hearing this remark, the officer left happily and bragged to his wife about the incident.
His wife said to him, “You conceited fool! When a person has a heart like a pile of dry shit, he sees everyone in that light. The elderly master has a heart like that of the Buddha, and that is why in his eyes, everyone, including you, is like the Buddha.”