First of all, Buddhism is of course the teachings of the Buddha who lived 2500 years ago. Buddha is also known by the name Sakyamuni Buddha.
Sakyamuni explained for us why we listen to Buddhism with a famous parable that shocked even the renowned Russian writer of War and Peace.
It was during the time of Sakyamuni, a king by the name of Shoko, came to a Buddhist lecture. Sakyamuni was pleased at his attendance since it tended to be difficult for people in power to listen due to their vanity and high position.
Because of this rare visit, Sakyamuni decided to preach about the purpose of listening to Buddhism in a famous parable called:
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The traveler was hastening his pace toward home when suddenly, he spotted some white objects scattered along the roadside. He picked one up, wondering what it could be and to his horror discovered it was a human bone.
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“What's that noise ahead?” the traveler wondered.
To his terror, it was a huge tiger, fierce from starvation.
However, no matter how desperately or quickly he could run, a human being is no match for a tiger at full speed. There was just no way he could outrun this fierce predator.
And so the distance between them drew closer and closer. He could even hear the tiger’s violent snorts trailing behind him.
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“Thanks to this vine, I’m safe for now,” he thought with a sigh of relief.
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But not only that... amidst the whirlpool were three dragons – a blue dragon, a red dragon, and a black dragon – waiting for him to fall. Their mouths were wide open ready to devour him.
Seeing how dreadful each dragon was, the traveler tightened his grip on his thin vine.
Each mouse just kept taking turns chewing on his wisteria vine.
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