[77] The Parable Of Forming Donkey Milk From The Sūtra Of A Hundred Parables《百喻经》之构驴乳喻

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[The] Sūtra [Of A] Hundred Parables

[77] Parable [Of] Forming Donkey Milk


[In the] past, [a] border country’s people [did] not [have] understanding of donkeys. Hearing others say donkey milk [is] extremely delicious, [with] all without those understanding [it].


At that time, all people got a male donkey, desiring [to] form its milk. Disputing together [and] clutching it, within them having those clutching [the] head, those clutching [the] ears, those clutching [the] tail, those clutching [the] legs, also having those clutching [the] genitals, [with] each desiring [to] first get to [the] front [to] drink it.


[One] within, clutching [the] donkey’s [male] organ, cried out [that it] is [the] ‘udder’, immediately [with the] hope of forming [and] getting its milk.


All [the] people [became] weary, all without that gotten, in vain toiling [with] suffering, empty without that obtained, by all [the] world’s people as those sneered [at].


External paths’ ordinary beings [are] likewise thus. Hearing speaking of [the] path, [at] places [where there] should not [be] seeking [of it], falsely giving rise [to] thoughts, raising all kinds [of] evil views. [With] naked forms, self-starving, throwing [themselves off] cliffs [and] going [into] fires, with these evil views falling into evil paths, [they are] like those foolish persons [with] false seeking of [the] ‘udder’.

[Note: There should be learning for practising of the right path to liberation at the right places via the right teachers. Otherwise, with personal and/or others’ deluded speculations, there might be extreme ascetic practices from external paths learnt and practised, that not only lead away from liberation, but more deeply into the cycle of birth and death too.]

Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an

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