The giver should be grateful.

The giver becomes grateful.
There is a Koan which inspired this drawing. It is called 'The giver should be thankful'......
Seisetsu, master of Engaku in Kamakura (Japan), once felt the need for larger quarters, since those in which he was teaching were overcrowded. Umeza Seibei, a merchant of Edo, decided to donate five hundred pieces of gold called ryo, towards the construction of a more commodious school. He brought this money to the teacher.
“All right. I’ll take it,” Seisetsu said. Umeza handed over the sack of gold to Seisetsu, but was dissatisfied with his attitude. One might live a whole year on three ryo, and the merchant had not even been thanked for five hundred.
“In that sack is five hundred ryo,” hinted Umeza.
“You told me that before,” replied Seisetsu.
“Even if I am a wealthy merchant, five hundred ryo is a lot of money,” said Umeza.
“Do you want me to thank you for it?” asked Seisetsu.
“You ought to,” replied Umeza.
“Why should I?” inquired Seisetsu. “The giver should be thankful.”

Limited Edition signed print.
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