Monday, July 26, 2010

Buddhist Parables

Buddha's teachings are written in the sutra but it is not easy to read and comprehend the sutras. Buddhist Parables are Buddha's teachings told in laymen words and they are easy to understand. The following is one of them.

A man once came to see the Buddha to get help with his problems. After the man had told the Buddha one of his problems and asked for help, the Buddha replied: "I cannot help you get rid of that problem."

The man was surprised that the Buddha could not help him in this regard, but he told the Buddha about another problem; he thought to himself that the Buddha should at least be able to help him with that problem. But the Buddha told him "I cannot help you with that problem either."

The man started to get impatient. He said: "How can it be that you are the perfectly Enlightened Buddha, when you can’t even help people get rid of their problems?" The Buddha answered: "You will always have 83 problems in your life. Sometimes a problem will go, but then another problem will come. I cannot help you with that."

The baffled man asked the Buddha: "But, what can you help me with, then?" The Buddha replied: "I can help you get rid of your 84th problem." The man asked: "But what is my 84th problem?" The Buddha replied: "That you don't want to have any problems"

Moral of the story. Men and problems cannot be separated but like everything else these problems are impermanent. We should not feel worry or be bothered by each and every problems that we have. Face the problems with a positive outlook and be relax.


ruby said...

As I remember it that day, it was a grape;-j