[35] The Parable Of The Treasure Trunk’s Mirror From The Sūtra Of A Hundred Parables《百喻经》之宝箧镜喻


In the past, there was a person, poor, with difficulties and lacking, owing many people debts. Without that which can be used for repayment, he immediately escaped and arrived at an empty and wide place.


Encountering a trunk, full with precious treasures within, there was a bright mirror attached to the precious treasures above, with it as a lid covering them.


The poor person, seeing this already, with his mind having great joy, immediately gave rise to it. Seeing the person within the mirror, he then gave rise to surprise and fear, cupped his hands and said, ‘I thought this is an empty trunk, not having anything at all, not knowing you are within this trunk, please do not look angry.’


Of ordinary beings’ people, they are likewise thus, by immeasurable afflictions as those poor and with difficulties, and by the cycle of birth and death, its demon king and their creditors, as those bound and attached, desiring to avoid the cycle of birth and death, enter the Buddha’s Dharma teachings within, to cultivate practices of good Dharma teachings, and create all meritorious virtues.


Like encountering of the treasure trunk, by self’s view’s mirror as those confused, falsely seeing there is a self, immediately attached, thinking it is true, thereupon falling and losing all meritorious virtues, meditative concentrations, path factors without outflows, all good Dharma teachings and the Three Vehicles’ paths’ fruits [i.e. of Arhathood (阿罗汉果), Pratyekabuddhahood (辟支佛果) and Bodhisattvahood (菩萨果)], with them all lost. Like that foolish person’s abandoning of the treasure trunk, those attached to self’s view are likewise thus.

[Note: Strong attachment to the illusion of having a permanent and substantial self is the key obstacle that prevents us from attaining the immeasurable Dharma treasures (法宝) that the Buddha freely offers, that will solve our spiritual and physical problems. It is thus our fundamental existential delusion, that we ironically cling to, in this life and from life to life.]

All Hundred Parables:


Please Be Mindful Of Your Speech, Namo Amituofo!

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