[3] The Parable Of With Pears Hitting Breaking The Head From The Sūtra Of A Hundred Parables《百喻经》之以梨打头破喻

[The] Sūtra [Of A] Hundred Parables

(3) Parable [Of] With Pears Hitting Breaking [The] Head


[In the] past, [there] was [a] foolish person, [with his] head above without hair. Then, [there] was a person, with pears hitting [his] head, and even [doing so], twice, thrice, completely injuring [and] breaking [it]. Then, this foolish person silently endured [it], not knowing [to] avoid [and] leave.


[A] bystander, seeing [this] already, then said these words, ‘Why not avoid [and] leave? [Why] thus stand [and] receive hitting, to cause [your] head [to be] broken?’


[The] foolish person replied, saying, ‘Like those persons arrogant, relying [on their] strength, ignorant without wisdom, seeing my head above without hair, saying [it] is [a] rock, [he] thereupon with pears hit my head [and] broke [it].’


[The] bystander said [these] words, ‘[As] you [are] personally ignorant, how [can you] name that [person], with [him] as ignorant? You, if [are] not ignorant, [why are you] by him, [the one] who [is] hit, and even [with your] head broken, not know [to] escape?’


Bhikṣus likewise thus, [who are] not able [to] have cultivation [of] faith, precepts, hearing [and] wisdom, only complete [with] ‘majestic conduct’, with [it] attracting benefits [and] gain, [are] like that foolish person, by another hitting [his] head, not knowing [to] avoid and] leave, and even injuring [and] breaking [it], instead saying [the] other [person is] ignorant, these Bhikṣus [are] likewise thus.

[Note: The ignorant lacking adequately profound Dharma practice might strive to keep up with superficial appearances of being prim and proper, only for worldly advantages like offerings and wealth. (The bald person can represent a shaven monastic too.) This is while possibly subjecting themselves to needless pain, suffering fools and even ridicule, perhaps by those who know better too. They might assume those subjecting them to the above problems are arrogant and ignorant, when they are worse off, with even greater arrogance and ignorance for thinking so, while not reflecting upon their own faults.]

Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an

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