Fables Of Buddha

Dear Monks,
Once, there was a man who had a pitcher of delicious water mixed with poison. A person suffering from thirst came and asked him for some water. Then the man carrying the water pitcher said that the pitcher is beautiful, the water is delicious, yet, it has poison mixed in it. “If you drink from this, you would die; or, suffer immensely; but, you are free to drink it.”

Then the man who asked for water said that he could satisfy his thirst with hard liquor or whey or a drink made from salted rice cakes. “So, why should I drink your water and die?” Saying so, he went away.

Dear Monks, similarly, the persons who searched for the truth have realized that all things and experiences are changeable, unsteady, impermanent and full of sorrow. Therefore, they have relinquished all the material comforts like the man who refrained from drinking the poisonous water. Now their grief has disappeared. They have no rebirth. They never die.

(Sanyuktha Nikaya – Abhsamaya Suthra)
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1 Response May 14, 2012

to relinquish all the material comforts the grief has disappeared. They have no rebirth. They never die. And they experience true freedom.<br />
is that the core teaching of Buddhism?