Sutra Translation: What is the Use of Praying?

Saṃyukta Ratnapiṭaka Sūtra: The Sutra of Miscellaneous Jewels
Scroll 9:105
Worshipping Vishvakarman for Great Wealth

translated from the Chinese by Upāsaka Dharmadūta @ Thomas Lee

Homage to Him, the Blessed One,
the Exalted One, the Fully Enlightened One!

 

In the past, there were two brothers, who were poverty-stricken. Every day and night, the elder brother diligently worshiped Vishvakarman, the deva, hoping to gain great wealth, while sending his younger brother to plough the land and engage in farming. The elder brother thus worshipped and made his prayers for a long time.

On one occasion, Vishvakarman, the deva, manifested himself as the younger brother and went to the elder brother. The elder brother, upon seeing the younger brother, blamed him, “Why have you forsaken your farming? Why are you coming here?” At that time, the younger brother replied, “Brother, every day and night, you are here in the temple, praying to Lord Vishvakarman, hoping to gain great wealth. Your brother today, too, would like to follow you, to fast, pray, and make aspirations, in hopes of gaining great wealth.” The elder brother then told the younger brother, “If you do not plough the land and sow the seeds, how can abundance of wealth be possible to attain?” The younger brother then questioned him, “Is it really through ploughing and sowing, that one could reap a harvest?” The elder brother was unable to make any reply to his question.

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Sutra Translation: Seven Kinds of Giving

Saṃyukta Ratnapiṭaka Sūtra: The Sutra of Miscellaneous Jewels
Scroll 6:76
Seven Kinds of Giving

Translated by Bro. Thomas Lee Ming Zhi

 

The Buddha said that there are seven kinds of giving, without decreasing one’s wealth, give rise to the attainment of great karmic fruits.

The first kind of giving is named the giving of eye. One always uses a gentle eye contact to look at one’s father, mother, teachers, elders, śramaṇas, and brahmins, refraining from using hostile eye contact, this is named the giving of eye. By doing so, when one’s body breaks up and reborn into another body, one will gain pure eyes; when one attains Buddhahood in the future, one will gain Divine Eye and Buddha Eye[1]. This is named the first karmic fruit.

The second kind of giving is named the giving of kind and pleasant countenance. When one faces one’s father, mother, teachers, elders, śramaṇas and brahmins, one does not frown and manifest an unkind countenance. By doing so, when one’s body breaks up and reborn into another body, one will gain a well-formed appearance; when one attains Buddhahood in the future, one will gain complexion of pure gold. This is named the second karmic fruit.

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