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Buddhism's Sacred Scripture: The Sutra of the Lotus of the Wonderful Dharma, Chapter 4, Part 3 of 6

2020-02-03
Language:Korean(한국어)

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“Later, he spoke to his son again, saying, ‘You must keep on at this work and not leave me anymore.’ By the end of this time, the son felt that he was understood and trusted, and he could come and go at ease. At that time, the rich man fell ill and knew he would die before long. He spoke to his impoverished son, saying, ‘I now have great quantities of gold, silver, and rare treasures, you are to take complete charge of the amounts I have. This is what I have in mind, and I want you to carry out my wishes. Because from now on, you and I will not behave as two different persons.’ After some time had passed, the father perceived that his son was bit by bit, becoming more self-assured, and despised his former low opinion of himself. Realizing that his own end was approaching, he proceeded to make this announcement: ‘This is my son, who was born to me. He abandoned me and run away, and for over fifty years he wandered about suffering hardship. This is in truth my son, and I in truth, am his father. Now everything that belongs to me, all my wealth and possessions, shall belong entirely to this son of mine.’ When the impoverished son heard these words of his father, he was filled with great joy, having gained what he never had before.”
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