[31] The Parable Of Hiring An Earthenware Master From The Sūtra Of A Hundred Parables《百喻经》之雇借瓦师喻

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In the past, there was a Brahmin teacher, desiring to have a great assembly, who spoke to his disciple, saying, ‘As I need earthenwares, with them for an offering assembly to be used, you can for me hire a earthenware master, by going to the market to search for him.’


Then, his disciple went to an earthenware master’s house. Then, there was a person, with a donkey carrying earthenware, who arrived at the market, desiring to sell them, within a moment, with the donkey completely breaking them. He returned to the house, weeping aloud and upset within. The disciple seeing this already, then asked him, saying, ‘Why are you sorrowfully sighing and upset thus?’


That person replied, saying, ‘As I, being skilful with diligence and suffering over many years, then getting my accomplished wares, arrived at the market, desired to sell them, but this evil donkey, in the short while of a moment completely broke my earthenware, therefore am I upset.’


At that time, the disciple seeing and hearing this already, was joyful, then saying, ‘As this donkey is an excellent animal, with that in a long time made, in a moment able to break them, I will today buy this donkey.’


The earthenware master was joyful, immediately selling and giving it to him. Riding it and returning home, the teacher asked him, saying, ‘Why did you not get the earthenware master fetched? Of what use is this donkey for?’


The disciple replied, saying, ‘This donkey is superior to the earthenware master, as the earthenware master takes a long time for that making of earthenware, while it in a little time is able to break them.’


Then, the teacher said, ‘You have great ignorance, without having any wisdom! This donkey now is that just able to break, but if in a hundred years, is not able to accomplish one ware.’


People of the world are likewise thus, although for a hundred thousand years, accepting persons’ making of offerings, all are without repayment, constantly because of them harmed, in the end not because of them benefitted, of persons betraying kindness, they are likewise thus.

[Note: Those who keep accepting offerings without repaying by truly benefitting their donors also harm them by wasting their efforts and resources. There is much ado for nothing fruitful on both sides, while betraying donors’ kindness also creates much evil karma quickly.]

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