[49] The Parable Of The Small Boys Disputing When Differentiating Hair From The Sūtra Of A Hundred Parables《百喻经》之小儿争分别毛喻

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[The] Sūtra [Of A] Hundred Parables

(49) Parable [Of The] Small Boys Disputing [When] Differentiating Hair


For example, [in] past days, [there] were two small boys entering [a] river [to] play. At this water’s bottom getting a handful [of] hair, a small boy said, ‘This is [a] sage’s beard.’


A small boy said, ‘This is [a] brown bear’s fur.’


At that time, [the] riverside had a ‘sage’. [As] these two small boys [were] disputing endlessly, [they] arrived [at] that ‘sage’s place [to] resolve their doubts.


Then, that ‘sage’ immediately obtained rice and sesame seeds, within [his] mouth held, chewed [and] spat [them, to be] received within [his] palm. Speaking [to the] small boys, saying, ‘That within my palm resembles peacock excrement.’


Then, [as] this ‘sage’ [did] not answer their question, people all knew this.


[The] world’s foolish people [are] likewise thus, when speaking [the] Dharma, [with] frivolous discussions [on] all dharmas, not answering [with the] right principles, like that ‘sage’ not answering that asked, by all people as that sneered [at, they are] likewise thus.

[Note: Those not wise are already foolish, while those not wise pretending to be wise are doubly foolish, with those mistaking their nonsensical so-called ‘teachings’ to be wise being triply foolish. Such ‘teachings’ not only do not address essential issues, they distract others from them, which can be as spiritually disingenuous as dangerous.]

Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an

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