[70] The Parable Of Tasting Āmra Fruits From The Sūtra Of A Hundred Parables《百喻经》之尝庵婆罗果喻

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[The] Sūtra [Of A] Hundred Parables

[70] Parable [Of] Tasting Āmra Fruits


[In the] past, [there] was an elder, [who] dispatched [a] person, [to] hold money [and] arrive [at] another’s garden within [to] buy āmra fruits, then desiring [to] eat them, then ordering him, saying, ‘[Of] those fine, you should buy [them and] return.’ Immediately, [he] held money [and] went [to] buy those fruits.


[The] fruits’ owner said, ‘My this tree’s fruits [are] all fine, without one [of] those  bad. You [can] taste one fruit, with [it] enough [to] know this.’


That fruit-buyer said, ‘I will now one [by] one taste them. After that, [I] will accept [them]. If only tasting one, how [is this] knowable?’ Immediately taking [the] fruits, one [by] one [with] all tasted, [he] held [them and] returned home.


[The] elder, seeing [they have] already [turned] bad, then [did] not eat [them], then [with] all thrown away.


People of [the] world [are] likewise thus, hearing [that] upholding precepts attains great wealth [and] joy, [with the] body constantly tranquil, without having all sicknesses, not willing [to] believe them, then making this statement, ‘[That] giving attains blessings, when I personally attain [them], after that [is this] believable.’


Seeing [the] present life’s honourable, lowly [and] poor, [they] are all first [from their] karmas, [from] those obtaining [these] fruits’ rewards [and retribution]. Not knowing [to] deduce [from] one, [to] seek cause [and] effect, then embracing disbelief, suddenly one day, [with] life ending, [with] wealth [and] property lost, [they are] like that [person, wanting to] taste [the] fruits, [with] all thrown away.

[Note: While it is sensible to verify a teaching for truthfulness, if demanding to verify all its facets in detail before having confidence in its general principles to begin personal practice, there might be inadequate time to do so in the face of impending death.

Thus, the truth of impermanence is one of the Buddha’s first key teachings. It is with acknowledgment that we are always running out of time that there is the right sense of urgency to start practising diligently now.]

Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an

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