[91] The Parable Of The Poor Person Desiring To, With The Rich Have Equal Wealth And Property From The Sūtra Of A Hundred Parables《百喻经》之贫儿欲与富等财物喻

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[The] Sūtra [Of A] Hundred Parables

[91] Parable [Of The] Poor Person Desiring [To], With [The] Rich [Have] Equal Wealth [And] Property


[In the] past, [there] was a poor person [who] had little wealth [and] property. Seeing those [with] great riches, [with the] intention desiring [to] together [have that] equal, not able [to have that] equal thus, although having little wealth, desired [to] throw [it] away, within water.


[A] bystander said, ‘These objects, although [are] very few, [with them, you] can get [to] prolong your life [for a] number [of] days. For what reason [are you] giving [them] up, tossing [them to] fall within water?’


[The] world’s foolish persons [are] likewise thus, although getting [to] leave [the] household [life], getting little gains, [with their] minds having hope, constantly thinking [of] not [having] enough, not able [to] get [that] with those highly virtuous equal, [to] obtain their gains.


Seeing others senior [who] have virtue, those persons, always having much learning, [with] many people giving offerings, [with the] intention desiring [to have that] equal [to] them, not able [to have that] equal thus, [with the] mind thinking [of] worries [and] suffering, then desiring [to] give up [the] path, [they are] like that foolish person desiring [to have that] equal [to] those rich, personally throwing away [his] own wealth.

[Note: It is only natural for beginner Dharma practitioners, that their offerings received are initially little. Yet, the little can already be sufficient if treasured and used frugally. It is often only with greed that they are deemed inadequate.

Again naturally, when there is spiritual advancement with more sincere and diligent Dharma learning, practice and teaching, along with growth in personal virtue, their offerings should karmically grow to meet their changing needs.

As a saying goes, ‘There are clothing and food within the path’s mind, but there is no path’s mind within clothing and food.’ (道心之中有衣食,衣食之中无道心).

At no point should there be greed for offerings, that overwhelms the pure aspiration to walk the path to Buddhahood with one and all. With greed, there will be loss of focus, throwing away whatever little precious virtue remaining. The Dharma is meant for spiritual attainments anyway, not mere material gains, which are incidental and supportive only.]

Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an

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