[90] The Parable Of From The Ground Getting Gold From The Sūtra Of A Hundred Parables《百喻经》之地得金钱喻

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[The] Sūtra [Of A] Hundred Parables

[90] Parable [Of From The] Ground Getting Gold


[In the] past, [there] was a poor person on [the] road then walking, [in the] middle [of the] path accidentally getting a bag [of] gold coins. [His] mind [was with] great enthusiastic joy, immediately counting them. [With the] counting yet able [to be] thorough, [the] gold’s owner hurriedly arrived, [with them] completely returned [to him as he] snatched [the] coins. That person, [at] that time, [was] regretful [and did] not swiftly leave, [with] his feelings upset, [he had] extreme suffering.


Those meeting [the] Buddha’s Dharma [teachings are] likewise thus. Although getting [to] meet with [the] Triple Gem’s blessing field, not diligent [with] skilful cultivating [of] practices [for] good karmas, suddenly thus [at] life’s end, falling [into the] three evil paths, [they are] like that foolish person, returning to that owner, [with the] snatched coins then gone. Like [in] verses that spoken,

[Note 1: The Triple Gem (三宝) are the (i) Buddhas (佛陀), who are the fully enlightened and completely liberated ones, the (ii) Dharma (法), which is the Buddhas’ teachings for the path to Buddhahood (佛果), and the (iii) Saṃgha (僧), which is the community of realised monastic and lay practitioners.]

[Note 2: The three evil paths (三恶道) are the (i) hell-beings’ path (地狱道), (ii) hungry ghosts’ path (饿鬼道) and (iii) animals’ path (畜生道).]


‘Today managing this matter, tomorrow creating that matter, [to] joy attached, not contemplating suffering, not aware [that] death’s thief [has] arrived.

如彼数钱者,其事亦如是。 」

Hurriedly managing many affairs, ordinary persons [are] without [those] not thus, like that one counting coins, their matters [are] likewise thus.’

[Note 3: Most in this world are easily distracted by fleeting and thus false worldly joys. Longing to indulge in them to no end, before they know it, sooner than expected, they run out of time, while it might be too late to learn and practise for attaining a better rebirth then, such as in Pure Land (净土), since direct liberation (解脱) is too distant.

As none of the worldly joys (including a single cent) can be brought over to the next life, they are not really ours to have and to hold at will. Excessive busyness to acquire, maintain and multiply them is thus much ado about nothing substantial in the long run.]

[Note 4: If there is regretful attachment or aversion in terms of the worldly when dying and/or after death, there might even be lingering around to become indefinitely wandering spirits (孤魂野鬼: lonely spirits and wild ghosts), to suffer for a very long time.]

Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an

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