Buddhist Tales for Young and Old. Illustrated by Ven. Kurunegoda Piyatissa

By Ven. Kurunegoda Piyatissa

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The former price maker said, “If you do as I say, the king will be convinced of the true value of the horses. Go back to the price maker and satisfy him with a valuable gift. Ask him to tell the value of one cup of rice, in the presence of the king. If he agrees, come and tell me. ” Following this advice, the merchant went to the price maker and gave him a valuable gift. The gift made him very happy, so that he saw the value of pleasing the horse dealer. Then the merchant said to him, “I was very happy with your previous evaluation.

50 Third is feeling happiness for all those who are joyful. And the fourth state is balance and calm, even in the face of difficulties or troubles. After 84,000 years of great effort meditating and practising these states as a humble forest monk, the Bodhisatta died. He was reborn in a high heaven world, to live a life a million years long! The moral is: Even a long life is too short to waste. 51 10 The Happy Monk [Joys of the Spiritual Life] O nce upon a time, there was a high class rich man. As he became older, he realized that the suffering of old age was about the same for rich and poor alike.

This was so he could purify his mind and remove the three root causes of unwholesomeness – the poisons of craving, anger and the delusion of a separate self. By using the Perfections, he would someday be able 26 to replace the poisons with the three purities – nonattachment, loving-kindness and wisdom. This ‘Great Being’ had been a humble follower of the forgotten Buddha. His goal was to gain the same enlightenment of a Buddha – the experience of complete Truth. So people call him ‘Bodhisatta’, which means ‘Enlightenment Being’.

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