[88] The Parable Of The Macaque’s Handful Of Beans From The Sūtra Of A Hundred Parables《百喻经》之猕猴把豆喻

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[The] Sūtra [Of A] Hundred Parables

[88] Parable [Of The] Macaque’s Handful [Of] Beans


[In the] past, [there] was a macaque, holding a handful [of] beans, [by] mistake dropping one bean on [the] ground, then giving up [the] beans within [his] hand, desiring [to] seek that one. Yet [to] get [the] one bean, first [with] those given up [by] chickens [and] ducks completely eaten.


Ordinary beings [who have] left [the] household [life are] likewise thus, [in the] beginning destroying one precept, yet not able [to] repent, with not repenting thus, [with] heedlessness growing [and] spreading, [then with] all [precepts] given up, [they are] like that macaque losing that one bean, [then with] all [beans] abandoned.

[Note 1: There should be immediate repentance for each precept broken, with immediate recommitment to uphold it better. With mindfulness thus, this is how all the precepts will be as completely intact as possible, and as soon as possible, from moment to moment.]

[Note 2: As all the precepts are interconnected and thus important, there should not be giving up of all other precepts in the moment just because one was broken. Beginners should not have unrealistic perfectionism by expecting each precept to be perfectly observed one by one before observing the other precepts well.]

Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an

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