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This page started off as a list of a few popular parables across religions.
I then expanded it to include secular parables, e.g. "The Boy Who Cried Wolf".
It then seemed a good place to put some popular stories and Confucius' wisdom.
A parable is a short allegory. Parables are seemingly simple and memorable stories, often with imagery, and conveying a message or wisdom.
The Greek term for 'parable' found in the Bible, is para-bolê coming from Sanskrit paryâyas.
The Prodigal Son Christian Bible - Luke 15:11-32 Father searches for run away son. Lotus Sutra teachings of Mahayana Buddhism The Good Samaritan Christian Bible - Luke 10:25-37 Buddhist Farmer - bad/good luck The Blind Men and the Elephant Hindu, Jain, Buddhist and Sufi lore All Is Vanity Buddhist Parable of the White Path Buddhist Secular Parables: The Boy Who Cried Wolf in Aesop's Fables The Emperor's New Clothes, Hans Christian Anderson
The Sutras (Sanskrit; Pali Sutta) are mostly discourses attributed to the Buddha or one of his close disciples. They are all, even those not actually spoken by him, considered to be 'Buddhavacana' or the word of the Buddha
Confucius (551 BC - 479 BC) was a Chinese thinker and social philosopher, whose teachings and philosophy have deeply influenced Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Taiwanese and Vietnamese thought and life.
Most of his thoughts are documented in sayings and wisdom and not stories or parables.
See some quotes.
Preaching parables: a metaphorical interfaith approach By Steven J. Voris