[40] The Parable Of Curing Baldness From The Sūtra Of A Hundred Parables《百喻经》之治秃喻

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[The] Sūtra [Of A] Hundred Parables

(40) Parable [Of] Curing Baldness


[In the] past, [there] was a person, [with his] head above without hair, [in] winter then [with] great cold, [and in] summer then suffering [from] heat, together by mosquitoes [and] house flies as that bitten, [in] day [and] night receiving afflictions, with [this] as extreme suffering.


[There] was a doctor [with] many medical skills. Then, that bald person went to [and] arrived [at] his place, spoke [to] this doctor, saying, ‘[I] only wish [the] great doctor [can] for me cure this.’


Then, that doctor, likewise [with his] head bald, immediately took off [his] hat [to] show it, then spoke [to] him, saying, ‘[As] I also suffer [from] this, with [this having] pain [and] suffering, if [I can] cause myself [to be] cured, [to be] able [to] get recovery, [I] should first personally cure [myself], with [this] eliminating that suffering.’


People of [the] world [are] likewise thus, by birth, ageing, sickness [and] death as those encroached [and] afflicted, desiring [to] seek that place [with] long life without death, hearing [there] are Śramaṇas, Brahmins [and] others, those worldly good doctors, [who are] good [at] healing many illnesses, then go [to] their places and speak [to] them, saying, ‘[I] only wish [you can] for me, eliminate this suffering of impermanence [from] birth, ageing, sickness [and] death, [to] constantly dwell [in] peace [and] bliss, [to] long exist [and] not change.’


Then, [the] Brahmins [and] others immediately replied, saying, ‘I also suffer [from] this impermanence [from] birth, ageing, sickness [and] death, [with] all kinds [of methods] seeking that place [to] long exist, [in the] end not able [to] attain [it]. Now, if I [am] able [to] cause you [to] attain that, I also should first personally attain [it, then] cause you [to] also attain [it].’


Like that person suffering [from] baldness, in vain fatigued, [they are] not able [to] get recovery.

[Note: One who cannot spiritually cure oneself cannot cure others. However, with Right Views (正见), one can point to actual cures in the Buddha’s teachings, to be practised personally for liberation from the cycle of birth and death. For example, even if one has yet to reach Pure Land, one can still guide others to reach it, and they might do so before one, due to earlier departure from this life. Upon reaching the Pure Land, there will be immeasurable life (无量寿) without death, with constant peace and bliss, as they progress towards unchanging Buddhahood.]

Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an

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