[24] The Parable Of Planting Roasted Sesame Seeds From The Sūtra Of A Hundred Parables《百喻经》之种熬胡麻子喻

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[The] Sūtra [Of A] Hundred Parables

(24) Parable [Of] Planting Roasted Sesame Seeds


[In the] past, [there] was [a] foolish person, [with] raw eating [of] sesame seeds, with [them] as not delicious, [and with] roasting then eating them as delicious. [He] then gave rise [to the] thought, saying, ‘It would be better [to] roast and plant them, [to] later get those [that are] delicious.’


Then roasting and planting [them, they are] forever without growth’s principle.


[The] world’s people [are] likewise thus, with [the] Bodhisattva [path for] distant kalpas cultivating practices, because [of the] difficulties practising ascetic practices, assuming [this is] unhappiness, then having [the] thought, saying, ‘It would be better [to] become Arhats, [to] quickly sever [from the cycle of] birth [and] death, [as] its merits [are] extremely easy [to attain].’


Later desiring [to] seek [the] Buddha fruit, [with it] in the end unattainable, like those roasted seeds [being] without regeneration’s principle, [the] world’s foolish people [are] likewise thus.

[Note: We should not, with shortsighted haste, decrease or ‘destroy’ our motivation for Buddhahood, as it is with this attained through Bodhisattva practices (菩萨行), that True Happiness for one and all is realised.

The otherwise ‘long and tedious’ Bodhisattva path (菩萨道) can be made most swift and smooth with birth in the Pure Land (净土) Of Ultimate Bliss (极乐世界).

If the Bodhi Mind (菩提心) or aspiration for Buddhahood is ‘extinguished’ in this defiled land (秽土), it will be challenging to ‘revive’ here. In contrast, upon reaching the Pure Land, with the most skilful means (方便) there, the complete and perfect Bodhi Mind (圆满菩提心) will most easily arise, and never retrogress (不退转).]

Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an

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