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Vietnamese translation: HT. Like Minh Chau

Monks, it is not that these people are now close to each other. In the past, they were close to each other. After recounting this Dharma talk, and expounding the Four Truths, the Master put the two stories together and identified the predecessor.

This story, while staying at Jetavana, the Master told about a male layman and an elderly elder. According to legend, there were two friends at Savatthi. One person goes home, every day goes to the other’s house. The other gave food, ate it himself, then followed his friend to the monastery, and when the sun went down, they sat and talked to each other before going into the city. The Male-stilts often see you to the gate of the city and then return. the closeness between the two is well known by the bhikkhus. One day, the bhikkhus were sitting in the Dharma hall, talking about the closeness between the two. The Master came and asked:

– Monks, what are you discussing?

The monks said:

– Venerable Sir, we are talking about this.

The Master said:

– Monks, it is not these people who are now close to each other. In the past, they were close to each other.

Having said this, the Master told the story of the past.

Once upon a time, when King Brahmadatta was reigning in Benares, the Bodhisatta was a great minister. At that time, a dog went to the cage of the treasured elephant and ate the rice that fell where the precious elephant ate. The dog came for the food, became close to the treasured elephant, and ate near the elephant. Both cannot live without each other. The dog often grabs the elephant’s trunk, and plays by swinging it back and forth.

One day, a villager gave money to the beggar, and brought the dog back to his village. Since then, not seeing the dog, the elephant stopped eating, quit bathing. This man reported it to the king. The king called for the bodhisattva to come:

– This sage levellet’s go find out why the elephant does it.

The bodhisattva went to the elephant stable, saw that the elephant was very depressed, and thought to himself, “This animal’s body does not show any disease. Maybe it has a close friendship with someone, and because it can’t see you, it becomes sad.

The story of the Buddha’s predecessor: The story of a thoroughbred horse

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The bodhisattva asked the beggar:

– Is this elephant close to anyone?

– Sir, yes. It has a close friendship with the dog.

– Where is that dog now?

– Someone took it away.

– Do you know his whereabouts?

– Sir, I don’t know

The bodhisattva went to tell the king?

– Dear God, the elephant is not sick. But it has a deep friendship with the dog. Now it can’t see you, so it won’t eat. I think so.

Having said this, the Bodhisatta read the verse:

One piece, it does not eat,

Do not swallow rice and grass,

I think because of the elephant

Often see you, the dog,

So it’s in love

That dog, my friend.

The king listened to the bodhisattva’s words and asked:

– Sir, what to do now?

“Son of Heaven, let the man beat the drum and declare as follows: The king’s precious elephant friend has been taken away by someone. The house that has that dog, that house will be punished!

King followed this advice. Hearing the news, the man immediately released the dog. The dog immediately ran as fast as possible to the elephant. The elephant put the dog on top of his forehead with his trunk, cried happily and put it down from the forehead, let the dog eat first, then we eat later.

– Even the mind of animals, he knows!

The king said so and gave the bodhisattva great fame.

– The Master said:

– Monks, it is not these people who are now close to each other. In the past, they were close to each other.

After recounting this Dharma talk, and expounding the Four Truths, the Master put the two stories together and identified the Predecessor:

– At that time, the dog was the layman, the elephant was the elder elder, and the great god of wisdom was me.

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