[28] The Parable Of For The Wife Changing Her Nose From The Sūtra Of A Hundred Parables《百喻经》之为妇贸鼻喻

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[The] Sūtra [Of A] Hundred Parables

(28) Parable [Of] For [The] Wife Changing [Her] Nose


[In the] past, [there] was a person, whose wife [looked] upright, only having [her] nose [being] ugly. [When] that person went out [and] saw another woman’s face [that looked] upright, [with] her nose [looking] very good, [he] then had [this] thought, saying, ‘I now, would rather cut [to] obtain her nose [to] attach [it] on my wife’s face. Is that not also good?’


Immediately cutting [the] other woman’s nose, holding [it] to return home, [he] urgently called his wife, ‘You [should] quickly come out, [as I will] give you [a] good nose.’


[When] his wife came out, [he] immediately cut her nose, soon with [the] other nose attaching [it] on [his] wife’s face, [with] both not [able to] attach to each other, also losing her nose, in vain causing his wife [to] receive great suffering [and] pain.


[The] world’s foolish people [are] likewise thus, hearing other senior Śramaṇas [and] Brahmins [to] have great renown [and] virtue, then by [the] world’s people as those revered [and] getting great gains, [they] then have this thought, saying, ‘I now with those [persons] are then not different.’


Faking personal false claims, [and] falsely saying [they] have virtue, both losing their benefits, also harming their practices.


Like cutting another’s nose in vain harmed, [the] world’s foolish people [are] likewise thus.

[Note: Those foolish, greedy for respect and benefits while being superficial, might think it is easy to look or even be virtuous, just by mimicking the virtuous outwardly. They might also claim to be spiritually accomplished. Not only are they not truly accomplished, they will also not truly advance towards actual accomplishment, while losing their existing virtue, if any, with their pretentiousness and falsehood.]

Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an

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