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SUPPORTING ONE’S PARENTS
Translated into Chinese by Fatian ( ? - 1001, Song Dynasty)
English translation: Qiang Jun

By supporting one’s aging parents, one will gain a life of highest virtue, likened to field of ripe fruits, and everlasting good fortune.

By supporting one’s aging parents, one will gain a life without carrying heavy loads, have donkeys and horses to bear the burden, and be protected from the harm of swords.

By supporting one’s aging parents, one will not have to cross salt-water rivers, and will be safe from ferocious fires and armed pursuers.

By supporting one’s aging parents, one will have a kind wife and sons, grain, wheat, property, glaze, gold, and treasure.

By supporting one’s aging parents, one will live in heavenly palaces surrounded by endless gardens symbolic of joy.

By supporting one’s aging parents, one will be immersed in the sounds of the Dharma and win the respect of others’ by having dignified appearance, posture, and behavior.

── from Udayanavatsaraja-pariprccha Sutra (Mahayana Teaching of the Questions of King Sun)