[15] The Parable Of The Doctor Giving The King’s Daughter Medicine To Enable Hastening Of Growing Up From The Sūtra Of A Hundred Parables《百喻经》之医与王女药令卒长大喻

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In the past, there was a country’s King who gave birth to a daughter, who called a doctor, saying, ‘For my daughter, give medicine that will immediately enable her to grow up.’


The doctor replied, saying, ‘I can give good medicine that is able to enable her to immediately grow up, but now, in haste, am without it, then needing to search for it. Till getting the medicine then, the King must not see her. Waiting till the medicine is given already, later showing her to the King.’


Thereupon, immediately to a faraway place obtaining medicine, passing twelve years, having gotten the medicine, he returned to give it to his daughter, and brought to show her to the King. The King, seeing her, was joyful. He immediately personally thought and said, ‘He truly is a good doctor, who gave my daughter medicine that is able to enable hastening of growing up.’ He then ordered attendants to bestow him with precious treasures.


Then, all people and others laughed at the King’s ignorance, not knowing to consider the years and months since birth, seeing her grown up, then saying it is the medicine’s power.


The world’s people are likewise thus, visiting good-knowing friends, then requesting them, saying, ‘As I desire to seek the path, may you see and instruct me, to enable me to immediately attain it.’


Good-knowing friends and teachers, with skilful means thus, teach to enable seated meditation to contemplate the twelve conditioned arisings. Gradually accumulating all virtues to obtain Arhathood, with much enthusiastic joy, they then make this statement, ‘Fast are these great teachers! They are quickly able to enable me to realise the most wonderful Dharma.’

[Note 1: The cycle of the Twelve Causes And Conditions (十二因缘) are with (1) Ignorance (无明), (2) Mental Formation (Volition) (行), (3) Consciousness (识), (4) Name And Form (Mind And Matter) (名色), (5) Six (Sense) Bases (六处), (6) Contact (Touch) (触), (7) Feeling (受), (8) Craving (Greed) (爱), (9) Clinging (Attachment) (取), (10) Becoming (有), (11) Birth (生) and (12) Ageing And Death (老死), with the preceding link as a cause and condition for the next link. This is the process that sustains rebirth. With (8) Craving (爱) ceased, the cycle will be broken free from.]

[Note 2: Those who wish to make haste should realise that there is no replacement for diligent and proper Dharma learning, followed by sincere and patient Dharma practice, with which the spiritual fruits of progress and eventually realisation will be attained, all in good time. This is actually the swiftest and only path possible.]

All Hundred Parables:


Please Be Mindful Of Your Speech, Namo Amituofo!

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