The Thief Who Steals Embroidered Satin

Once upon a time there was a thief who sneaked into a rich man’s house to steal a piece of embroidered satin. He used it to wrap up such objects as worn clothes, rags and sundry effects. He was laughed at by the wise.

So are the stupid in the world who have faith in Buddhism, who practice good teachings and
who do meritorious works. Because of their basic greed for gain, however, they break the
pure commandments and lose their various merits. They are also laughed at by the people at
large.