[The] Sūtra [Of A] Hundred Parables
(23) Parable [Of The] Thief Stealing Brocade [To] Use [For] Wrapping Felt [And] Coarse Hemp Cloth
[In the] past, [there] was [a] thief [who] entered [a] wealthy family’s abode, stealing [to] get brocade, immediately holding [to] use [it, to] wrap old [and] damaged felt, coarse hemp cloth, all kinds [of] money [and] goods, by wise persons [as] that laughed [at].
[The] world’s foolish people [are] likewise thus, [with] existing faithful minds entering within [the] Buddha’s Dharma [teachings], cultivating practices [of] good Dharma [teachings] and all meritorious virtues, with greed [for] benefits thus, [with] destroying of pure precepts and all meritorious virtues, by [the] world [as] those laughed [at, they are] likewise thus.
[Note: With invertedness, the foolish try to attain the precious, but mistake that precious as non-precious, and that non-precious as precious. Even after encountering the Right Dharma (正法) and practising it to some extent, however, lacking adequate understanding, while craving for more worldly benefits, they might break their precepts and create transgressions, thus veering off the right path to Buddhahood.]
Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an
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 The Parable Of Planting Roasted Sesame Seeds
All Hundred Parables: