Funny Story:

A Buddhist monk in saffron robes with an aura of calm comes over to us with his carved wooden bowl and a stack of bills in the bottom. He obviously is asking for a donation as we have been accustomed to in Thailand. Ron reaches into his pocket, while the monk’s face is breaking into a smile of gratitude. Ron throws a coin in the bowl with hearty feelings of generosity. The monk looks at the coin, looks at Ron, and then takes the coin and throws it on the table while saying something which did not sound like a chant for nirvana and left us.