[85] The Parable Of The Woman Suffering Eye Pain From The Sūtra Of A Hundred Parables《百喻经》之妇女患眼痛喻

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[The] Sūtra [Of A] Hundred Parables

[85] Parable [Of The] Woman Suffering Eye Pain


[In the] past, [there] was a woman, [who] suffered extremely [with her] eyes [having] pain. [There] was [a] ‘knowledgeable’ woman [who] asked, saying, ‘[Do] your eyes [have] pain?’


[She] replied, saying, ‘[My] eyes [have] pain.’


That woman replied, saying, ‘Having eyes, [there will] definitely [be] pain. I, although yet [to have] pain, also desire [to] tear out [my] eyes, fearing that [they will] later [have] pain.’


[A] bystander said, ‘Those, if [with] eyes existing might [have] pain [or] no pain. Those, if without eyes [will have] lifelong pain.’


Of people ordinary [and] foolish, [they are] likewise thus. Hearing that wealth [and] honour [are the] ‘roots’ of decline [and] suffering, [with] fear not giving, afraid [of] later getting ‘retribution’, [with] wealth [and] property abundantly [over]flowing, [having] heavy receiving [of] suffering [and] afflictions.


[There] was [a] person [who] said, ‘If you [are] those giving, [you] might [have] suffering or joy. If [you are] those not giving, [you will have] poverty’s great suffering.’


Like that woman, not bearing [with] immediate [short-term] pain, then desiring [to] remove [her] eyes, thus being [with] long[-term] pain.

[Note: Money and status are not the true roots of evil or suffering, while greed for them and attachment to them are the actual roots. It is ignorance of how to use worldly blessings well that creates suffering, not the blessings themselves. Thus, those who practise generosity, who will karmically gain wealth, if also having wisdom, will not only not have suffering, they will have joy.]

Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an

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