[74] The Parable Of Ordinary Beings Who Have Left The Household Life Greedy For Gains From The Sūtra Of A Hundred Parables《百喻经》之出家凡夫贪利养喻

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[The] Sūtra [Of A] Hundred Parables

[74] Parable [Of] Ordinary Beings [Who Have] Left [The] Household [Life] Greedy [For] Gains


[In the] past, [there] was [a] country, [where the] King [had the] establishment of [a] regulation, [that] all existing Brahmins [and] others in my country [are] enforced [to] wash [themselves] clean, [with] those not washing [themselves] clean, driven [off and] ordered [for] all kinds [of] forced labour.


[There] was [a] Brahmin [who] emptily clutched [a jar for] bathing [and] pouring, lying [that he has] washed [himself] clean. [When other] people for him put water [in it, he would] immediately drain [it] away. Then making this statement, ‘I [will] not wash [myself] clean. [The] King [can] personally wash himself.’


Because [of the] King[‘s order], with [the] cause [of] avoiding [being the] King’s forced labour, [he] falsely said [that he has] washed [himself] clean, [but] truly [did] not wash himself.


[Those who have] left [the] household [life are] likewise thus, [having] shaven [their] heads [and] dyed [their] robes, internally truly destroying [the] prohibitive [precepts] (禁戒), pretending [to] appear [to be] upholding [the] precepts, hoping [to] seek gains. Again [for] avoiding [the] King’s forced labour, externally resembling Śramaṇas, internally truly [with] hypocrisy cheating, like [that person] clutching [an] empty jar, only having external forms.

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

Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an

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