[84] The Parable Of Those During Lunar Eclipses Beating Dogs From The Sūtra Of A Hundred Parables《百喻经》之月蚀打狗喻

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[The] Sūtra [Of A] Hundred Parables

[84] Parable [Of Those During] Lunar Eclipses Beating Dogs


[In the] past, [an] asura King, seeing [the] sun [and] moon bright [and] clean, with [his] hands ‘obstructed’ them. Ordinary persons without wisdom, [to] dogs without faults, [are then with] hatred unreasonably forced upon [them].

[Note 1: Simply riding upon an ancient superstition to convey the moral below, of course, the sun and moon cannot be blocked by an asura’s hands.]


Ordinary beings [are] likewise thus, [with] greed, anger [and] ignorance, [causing] chaotic suffering [to] their bodies, lying [on] shrubs [with] thorns above, [and with] five fires scorching [their] bodies, [they are] like those [during] lunar eclipses wantonly beating dogs.

[Note 2: With five fires scorching bodies (五热炙身) refers to (i) exposing of the body to the scorching sun above, and (ii)(iv) the body to burning fires in the four cardinal directions (of East, South, West and North).]

[Note 3: If the wrong causes of suffering are ‘addressed’, not only will such suffering not cease, there might even be more forms of suffering created needlessly, that are also not addressed properly.]

[Note 4: Extreme asceticism arose from the misconception that putting the body through suffering will eliminate all impending evil karmic suffering, with only bliss remaining eventually. However, if the goal is to attain the end of suffering, there should not be continually creating of new causes of suffering, which is self-defeating, while not creating the causes of bliss, which makes it doubly self-defeating.]

Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an

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