[92] The Parable Of The Small Child Getting Joy Pills From The Sūtra Of A Hundred Parables《百喻经》之小儿得欢喜丸喻

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[The] Sūtra [Of A] Hundred Parables

[92] Parable [Of The] Small Child Getting Joy Pills


[In the] past, [there] was a wet nurse, [who] embraced [a] child [and] set off [on the] road. Travelling [on a] path [with] weariness extreme, [she became] sleepy [and] unconscious.


Then, [there] was a person holding joy pills, [who] gave [them to the] small child. [The] small child, getting [them] already, greedy [for] their delicious taste, [did] not [have] regard [his] body’s objects. This person immediately loosened his jewellery [and] necklace, [with his] clothing all completely grasped away.


Bhikṣus [are] likewise thus, [with] joy in places of many affairs [and] clamour, greedy [for a] little gain, by afflictions’ thieves snatching [away] their meritorious virtues [and] precepts’ treasure necklaces, [they are] like that small child greedy [for a] little taste, thus [with] all that [he] had [by the] thief completely grasped away.

[Note 1: There should not be unchecked greed for much or even little pleasures of the senses (which might hence grow to become much), while compromising moral integrity and already limited meritorious virtues.]

[Note 2: Already with limited time, we should also not let ourselves be constantly distracted and overwhelmed by worldly busyness, when there should be more focus on actual Dharma learning and practice.]

Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an

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