The Parable of the
The world has
many kinds of plants — more kinds than can be named.
There are bushes and trees, mosses and ferns, flowers
and grains. There are herbs that can be made into
All over the
earth there are plants growing. Different plants grow in
different areas: on the tops of mountains and at the
bottom of the sea, in the desert and in the jungle.
Clouds also cover the
earth. In one moment, a cloud can rain life-giving water onto
the plants. The rain nurtures the plants and soaks the soil.
Through the soil, the
water soaks down, down, down to the plants’ roots. Some of the
roots are woody and big. Some are thin and fine. The water goes
to all the millions of kinds of plants.
Each plant uses this
water according to what kind of plant it is. Some plants may
blossom. Some trees may bear fruit. Some mushrooms may grow.
Some vines may grow long. Some herbs may grow to be used for
medicine. Each plant uses the water differently.
Although all these
plants and trees grow in the same earth and are moistened by the
same rain, each has its differences. But all may be nourished.
When people hear the
Buddha’s teaching, no matter who they are, they can receive