I’m afraid I’ve run out of the Mullah stories that Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche told Khyentse Rinpoche and Sogyal Rinpoche over supper in Bir, but they aren’t so difficult to find online, so I am tapping into a new source especially for my friend Jamyang Chodron.
One day Mullah Nasruddin went to market to buy some new clothes. First he tried on a pair of trousers, but didn’t like them and so he returned them to the shopkeeper. Then he tried on a robe which was the same price as the trousers. Mullah was pleased with the robe and walked out of the shop.
As he climbed on to his donkey, the shopkeeper and his assistant came running after him.
“Mullah! You haven’t paid for the robe you’re wearing,” shouted the shopkeeper.
“But I gave you the trousers for the robe, didn’t I? replied Mullah.
“Yes,” said the shopkeeper, “But you didn’t pay for the trousers either!”
“Well, I didn’t buy the trousers,” replied Mullah. “I am not so stupid that I would pay for something that I didn’t want!”