[80] The Parable Of Inverted Pouring From The Sūtra Of A Hundred Parables《百喻经》之倒灌喻

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[The] Sūtra [Of A] Hundred Parables

[80] Parable [Of] Inverted Pouring


[In the] past, [when there] was a person, suffering [from a] lower [body] part sickness, [a] doctor said, ‘[You] will need inverted pouring in [of medicine, then] only can [there be] recovery.’ Then, [he went to] collect [a] pouring tool, desiring [to], with it pour in.


[With the] doctor yet [to] arrive, in a short while, [he] then took it, [with his] stomach swollen, almost dying, not able [to have] self-restraint.


[The] doctor came [and] arrived, [thinking] this [was] strange, therefore immediately asked him, ‘[For] what reason [are you] thus?’


Then replying [to the] doctor, saying, ‘Earlier [with] pouring in [of the] medicine, I took it, therefore almost dying.’


[The] doctor, hearing these words, deeply reproached him, saying, ‘You [are a] great foolish person, not understanding skilful means.’


Immediately with [the] remaining medicine that [was] taken vomited out, thereupon getting recovery.


Like this foolish person by [the] world that laughed [at], of ordinary beings’ people, [they are] likewise thus. Desiring [to] cultivate [and] learn meditative contemplation’s all kinds [of] methods, [when they] should imitate [contemplating of] impurites, instead imitating counting [of] breaths. [With] those [who] should count breaths, imitating contemplating [of the] six realms. Inverting [the] above [and] below without having roots, in vain losing [their] lives, by these [as] those afflicted.

[Note 1: The six realms (六界) or six great elements (六大) are (i) earth (地), (ii) water (水), (iii) fire (火), (iv) wind (风), (v) space (空) and (vi) consciousness (识).]


Not consulting good teachers [and practising] inverted meditation methods, [they are] like that foolish person drinking [the] impure.

[Note 2: There should be proper learning for proper practice from proper teachers. If the teacher does not teach the Right Dharma (正法), there will be neither proper learning nor proper practice.

Even if there is the Right Dharma learnt from a proper teacher, there must be proper practice of that learnt, without confusing the principles with the practices. Otherwise, like taking Dharma medicine (法药) wrongly for a spiritual sickness present, there will be another sickness gotten.]

Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an

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