[50] The Parable Of Healing The Hunchback From The Sūtra Of A Hundred Parables《百喻经》之医治脊偻喻

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[The] Sūtra [Of A] Hundred Parables

(50) Parable [Of] Healing [The] Hunchback


For example, [there] was [a] person [who] suddenly [became a] hunchback, [who] invited [a] doctor [to] heal him. [The] doctor, with ghee applied, [and with his] above [and] below attached [with] boards, used strength [to] painfully press [them], not aware [that] both [of his] eyes at once together [came] out.


[The] world’s foolish people [are] likewise thus, for cultivating ‘blessings’ thus, earning [a] living [with] trading [and] selling, doing all [that is] not legal. These matters, although accomplishing benefits, [do] not make up [for their] harms. [In] lives of [the] future, [with] entering of [the] hells, analogous [to having] both eyes [coming] out.

[Note: While there are the foolish who deludedly think they have remedies for physical and mental suffering, there are also the foolish who have blind faith in them, by not learning and enquiring on their methods adequately. Some methods might seem to offer limited benefits in the short term, but lead to much more harms in the long term.]

Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an

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