[15] The Parable Of The Doctor Giving The King’s Daughter Medicine To Enable Hastening Of Growing Up From The Sūtra Of A Hundred Parables《百喻经》之医与王女药令卒长大喻

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[The] Sūtra [Of A] Hundred Parables

(15) Parable [Of The] Doctor Giving [The] King’s Daughter Medicine [To] Enable Hastening [Of] Growing Up


[In the] past, [there] was [a] country’s King [who] gave birth [to] a daughter, [who] called [a] doctor, saying, ‘For my [daughter], give medicine [that will] immediately enable [her to] grow up.’


[The] doctor replied, saying, ‘I [can] give good medicine [that is] able [to] enable [her to] immediately [grow] up, but now, [in] haste, [am] without [it], then needing [to] search [for it]. Till getting [the] medicine then, [the] King must not see [her]. Waiting [till the] medicine [is] given already, later showing [her to the] King.’


Thereupon, immediately [to a] faraway [place] obtaining medicine, passing twelve years, [having] gotten [the] medicine, [he] returned [to] give [it to his] daughter, [and] brought [to] show [her] to [the] King. [The] King, seeing [her, was] joyful. [He] immediately personally thought [and] said, ‘[He] truly is [a] good doctor, [who] gave my daughter medicine [that is] able [to] enable hastening [of] growing up.’


[He] then ordered attendants [to] bestow [him] with precious treasures.


Then, all people [and] others laughed [at the] King’s ignorance, not knowing [to] consider [the] years [and] months since birth, seeing her grown up, saying [it] is [the] medicine’s power.


[The] world’s people [are] likewise thus, visiting good-knowing [friends], then requesting them, saying, ‘[As] I desire [to] seek [the] path, may [you] see [and] instruct [me, to] enable me [to] immediately attain [it].’


Good-knowing [friends and] teachers, with skilful means thus, teach [to] enable seated meditation [to] contemplate [the] twelve conditioned arisings. Gradually accumulating all virtues [to] obtain Arhathood, [with] much enthusiastic joy, [they] then make this statement, ‘Fast [are these] great teachers! [They are] quickly able [to] enable me [to] realise [the] most wonderful Dharma.’

[Note: Those who wish to make haste should realise that there is no replacement for diligent and proper Dharma learning, followed by sincere and patient Dharma practice, with which the spiritual fruits of progress and eventually realisation will be attained, all in good time. This is actually the swiftest and only path possible.]

Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an

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