[54] The Parable Of The Snake’s Head And Tail Together Disputing Who To Be At The Front From The Sūtra Of A Hundred Parables《百喻经》之蛇头尾共争在前喻

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[The] Sūtra [Of A] Hundred Parables

(54) Parable [Of The] Snake’s Head [And] Tail Together Disputing [Who To Be] At [The] Fron


For example, [there] is [a] snake, [with the] tail speaking [to the] head, saying, ‘I should [be] at [the] front.’


[The] head spoke [to the] tail, saying, ‘[As] I [am] constantly at [the] front, why [do you] suddenly [want] thus?’


[With the] head resolutely at [the] front, that tail wound around [a] tree [and the snake was] not able [to] get going. Placing [the] tail at [the] front, then failing [into a] fire pit, [he] burnt completely and died.


Teachers [and] disciples [are] likewise thus, [with the disciples] saying, ‘[As our] teachers [are] elderly [and] each [is] constantly at [the] front, I [and] all [the] young should be [the] guiding leaders.’


Thus [are the] young, [who are] not proficient [with the] precepts [and] rules, [with] many having those violated, because [of this] leading one another [to have] entering of [the] hells.

[Note: As the foolish have inverted (颠倒) thinking, they are easily deluded with arrogance, assuming they are already very capable in their Dharma learning and practice, when they are still very incapable. Thus making many ethical mistakes, leading themselves and others to much suffering.]

Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an

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大乘者不可轻视小乘教 (反之亦然)
Those Of The Great Vehicle Must Not Look Down On The Small Vehicle’s Teachings (And Vice Versa)

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