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Jim Sheng
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A priceless jewel sewed in the lining of a man’s robe
Once up a time, a man who went to the house of a close friend and, having become drunk on wine, lay down to sleep. At that time the friend had to go out on official business. He took a priceless jewel, sewed it in the lining of the man’s robe, and left it w...

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THE PARABLE OF THE PHANTOM CITY
This is what I heard, at one time, when Buddha was preaching the Lotus Sutra , he said to the believers around him: "Monks, you must understand this. The  Tathāgata  in his use of expedient means penetrates deeply into the nature of living beings. He knows ...

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The Parable of the Prodigal Son, the Lost Son Parable in Buddhism
"World-Honored One, we would be pleased now to employ a parable to make clear our meaning. Suppose there was a man, still young in years, who abandoned his father, ran away, and lived for a long time in another land, for perhaps ten, twenty, or even fifty y...

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The Parable of Goat-carts, Deer-carts and Ox-carts
At that time Shariputra said to the Buddha: "World-Honored One, now I have no mere doubts or regrets. In person I have received from the Buddha this prophecy that I will attain anuttara-samyak-sambodhi. These twelve hundred persons here whose minds are free...

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Duke Yi of Wei Confers Salaries and Rank on Cranes.
In the time of Duke Yi of Wei there was a minister named Hung Yin, who received the order to go on a mission to another state. Before his return, the Ti barbarians attacked Wei. Duke Yi wished to raise an army to meet them, but his people with one accord sa...

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Best to leave the State's sharpest weapons where none can see them.
Of old the Ssŭ-ch’êng Tzŭ-han was minister to the ruler of Sung. He said to the Prince of Sung, "Now the peace of a state and the governance of its people depend on the conduct of the ruler. Titles and rewards are what people like. May Your Highness take ch...

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Officers that are ‘altar rats' and functionaries that are ‘bad dogs'
Tradition has it that Duke Ching of Ch’i asked Yen-tzŭ about the worries of governing a state. Yen-tzŭ replied, "What one worries about are ‘altar rats.' " Duke Ching said, "What do you mean by altar rats?" Yen-tzŭ said, "Altar rats steal things outside and...

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A thousand sheepskins are not worth the fur under one fox's forelegs
Chao Chien-tzŭ had a minister named Chou Shê, who stood outside his gate for three days and three nights. Chien-tzŭ sent a messenger to ask, "On what business do you wish an interview?" Chou Shê replied, "I would like to be your outspoken minister. With ink...

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Confucius and his disciples were in distress between Ch’ên and Ts’ai.
Confucius and his disciples were in distress between Ch’ên and Ts’ai. They spent seven days without food sitting on the "Three Classics mat." They had li soup but no rice, and the disciples had a hungry look. They read the Shu and practiced rites (li) and m...

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