[43] The Parable Of Polishing A Big Rock From The Sūtra Of A Hundred Parables《百喻经》之磨大石喻

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[The] Sūtra [Of A] Hundred Parables

(43) Parable [Of] Polishing [A] Big Rock


For example, there [is a] person polishing a big rock [with] diligence [with] additional labour [and] strength, going through days [and] months making [a] small toy cow, [with] use [of] efforts thereupon heavy, [and] that hoped [for] extremely light.


People of [the] world [are] likewise thus. That polishing [of the] big rock [is] analogous to, [for] learning, [with] concentrated diligence toiling [with] suffering, [and] that making [of the] small cow [is] analogous to, [for] fame, [with] each other disputing [on rights and wrongs].


[They are] those [for] that [of] learning, studying [and] contemplating [the] subtle [and] extensive [to be] proficient [with] much knowledge, [who] should travel far [to] seek [the] supreme fruit, then seeking fame [and] honour, [with] arrogance [and] pride, increasing [in] faults [and] suffering [instead].

[Note: If much time and efforts are going to be expended, they should be spent for attaining that which is spiritually substantial. There should be ‘eyes on the (true) prize’, not being distracted to settle for less, or something else superficial, that is opposite of the goal in mind.]

Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an

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