[32] The Parable Of The Merchant Guest Who Stole Gold From The Sūtra Of A Hundred Parables《百喻经》之估客偷金喻

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[The] Sūtra [Of A] Hundred Parables

(32) Parable [Of The] Merchant Guest [Who] Stole Gold 


[In the] past, [there] were two merchant guests, together [as] travelling merchants trading, [with] one selling true gold, [and] that second [one] selling tūla cotton.


[When there] was another [person] that [was] buying true gold then testing it, [the] second merchant guest immediately stole [the] gold of [the] other [that was] by [fire] burnt, using tūla cotton [to] wrap [it]. Then, [with the] gold hot thus, burning [the] cotton all completely, [with the] facts [of this] matter since revealed, [with the] two things together lost.


Like those external paths stealing [the] Buddha’s Dharma [teachings to] attach [to] their ‘Dharma’ [teachings] within, falsely calling themselves [to] have [those which] are not [the] Buddha’s Dharma [teachings], because of this thus, burning [and] destroying [their] external [paths’] canonical [texts, with them] not circulated [in this] world, like that [with] stealing [of] gold’s matter all appearing, [they are] likewise thus.

[Note: External paths that are attached to the Buddha’s teachings (附佛外道) with similar (yet different) Dharma (相似法), (perhaps to ride upon the Buddha’s teachings’ popularity for selfish benefits), not only misrepresent their own ‘original’ teachings, they also misrepresent the Buddha’s pure teachings. Thus, they corrupt and destroy both their wrong teachings and the Buddha’s Right Dharma (正法), doing justice to none.

Indeed, many of the 96 external paths in the Buddha’s time now have few or no texts left for posterity’s sake, with only traces of their wrong teachings occasionally mentioned and corrected in Buddhist texts. It is the Buddha’s teachings, like pure gold, that persist on, while the false teachings, like cotton, that perish easily, are unable to stand the test of time.]

Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an

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