After I paid my honors to budda and was sitting there talking to the monk of this temple, the fifteen year old boy came upon the young boy who was playing very quietly with Lego and started screaming at him very loudly. I was further amazed that this fifteen year old was doing it in front of the monk and wondered how the monk would respond.
You could see at first the monk was perplexed that this was happening. Especially in front of me a visitor, and in front of other Buddhists from this temple who were trying to calm the boy down.
It was a futile effort for the other Buddhists. They were all telling the boy to stop and it was obvious he was getting angrier. The boy would hear nothing of it. He was angry.
After a few seconds the monk said something quietly in Korean to the boy that was angry. The boy responded to the monk angrily and the monk quietly said something back. Immediately the boy that was angry stopped his screaming.
The monk then quietly asked something of the younger boy. The younger boy responded quietly and the monk quietly said something back.
You could hear a pin drop. Everybody that was there stopped talking. I was wondering what the monk had said to both boys. I was soon to find out.
The two boys then went somewhere with an American man, whom I later found out was a monk in training. After they went the monk explained to me what had happened.
It seems the two boys are brothers and siblings being what they are, even if it is not right, do havedisputes. This one was over a game they were playing when I first got there. To this day I don't know what game it was and it really doesn't matter. What the monk asked and said was more important.
The first question by the monk to the boy that was angry was, "Why are you so upset?" To which the angry boy responded, "He cheated."