Parables

Once upon a time, in a village in Japan was living a reputable Buddhist monk. Next to him lived a family of wealthy merchants who had a beautiful daughter. »
"Once upon a time there was a certain raja who called to his servant and said, 'Come, good fellow, go and gather together in one place all the men of Savatthi who were born blind... and show them an elephant.' 'Very good, sire,' replied the servant, and he did as he was told. He said to the blind men assembled there, 'Here is an elephant,' and to one man he presented the head of the elephant, to another its ears, to another a tusk, to another the trunk, the foot, back, tail, and tuft of the tail, saying to each one that that was the elephant. »
Upali was one of the chief followers of the Jain master, Mahavira. Because of his intelligence, Upali often appeared in public debates on behalf of the Jains. »
Kisagotami, a young woman, was married to the only son of a rich man and they had a male child. The child died when he was two years old. »
One of the disciples of an ascetic asked his teacher, "My venerable master, kindly instruct me how many times a householder can visit his legal wife." »

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