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(32) A TRADER STEALS GOLD

Once upon a time, two traders ran some business together. One was a seller of genuine gold, while the other, Tula cotton. A buyer of gold came along and asked for a fire test before buying it. The cotton trader stole the burnt gold and wrapped it with his Tula cotton, which got all burnt up by the red-hot gold.

Thus the stealing was revealed. Consequently, he lost both gold and Tula cotton.

Like them are the heretics, who steal from Buddhism and write in their own religion. They wrongfully claim Buddhism to be their own teaching and deny copying from it. For this reason, they burn and destroy their heretic scripture, which is disappeared from the world.

This is just like the story of the disclosure of the stealing of gold.

32估客偷金喻

昔有二贾客,共行商贾。一卖真金,其第二者卖兜罗绵。有他买真金者,烧而试之。第二估客即便偷他被烧之金,用兜罗绵裹。时金热故,烧绵都尽。情事既露,二事俱失。

如彼外道,偷取佛法,着己法中,妄称已有,非是佛法。由是之故,烧灭外典,不行于世。如彼偷金,事情都现,亦复如是。

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