[52] The Parable Of The Musician Making Music From The Sūtra Of A Hundred Parables《百喻经》之伎儿作乐喻

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[The] Sūtra [Of A] Hundred Parables

(52) Parable [Of The] Musician Making Music


For example, [when a] musician, before [the] King made music, [the] King promised [him a] thousand coins.


Later, from [the] King asking [for them, the] King [did] not give them [to him. The] King spoke [to] him, saying, ‘[As] you previously made music [to bring] empty joy [to] my ears, I “gave” you coins, also [for the] joy [of your] ears.’


[The] world’s fruits [of] rewards [are] likewise thus, [of] humans within [and those in the] heavens above, although receiving [a] little joy, [this is] also without [that] true. Impermanent [and] declining [to be] eliminated, [they] cannot long abide, like that empty music.

[Note: With worldly phenomena being empty of permanence and substance, why should we create that empty, while expecting empty joys and empty rewards?

We should strive towards attaining lasting and substantial world-transcending bliss instead. The swiftest and most skilful means for doing so is through reaching of Āmítuófó’s (阿弥陀佛) Pure Land (净土), for expediting and perfecting Dharma learning, practice and realisation.]

Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an

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