[73] The Parable Of Lying About The Horse’s Death From The Sūtra Of A Hundred Parables《百喻经》之诈言马死喻

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[The] Sūtra [Of A] Hundred Parables

[73] Parable [Of] Lying [About The] Horse’s Death


[In the] past, [there] was a person riding a black horse, entering [a] formation [to] attack thieves. With him [being] terrified, thus not able [to] fight, then with blood smearing his face, [he] pretended [to] appear [with] death’s appearance, lying [down] within dead persons. His that horse rode [upon was] by another that taken by force.


[With the] soldiers already gone, [he] then desired [to] return home, then cutting off another person’s white horse’s tail [and] returning. Thereupon, [having] arrived home already, [there] was [a] person [who] asked, saying, ‘[Of] your that horse rode [upon,] where is [it] now? Why [are you] not riding [it]?’


[He] replied, saying, ‘My horse [has] already died, thereupon, holding [his] tail [and] returning.’


Bystanders said, ‘[As] your horse [was] originally black, how [is the] tail white?’


Silent without [a] reply, [he was] by people that laughed [at].


People of [the] world [are] likewise thus, personally saying [they are] good [and] fond [of] cultivating practices, [with the] compassionate mind not [drinking] wine [and] eating meat, however killing [and] harming sentient beings, [in] addition, [with] all [kinds of] cruel torture. Falsely personally calling [them]selves [to be] good, without evils not created, [they are] like that foolish person lying [about his] horse’s death.

[Note: Both monastics and laypersons should be true to themselves and everyone else. There should be congruence and consistency, with their external wholesome appearances (i.e. words and deeds) and good practices matching their internal pure motivations. Otherwise, their ongoing deceit to cover up evils done will only create more evil karmas (恶业) that lead to more suffering, later in this life and in later lives.]

Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an

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