The Buddha Expounds the Mahayana Sutra for Repaying Kindness – Shakyamuni and the Goose (upon which) One Writes and Notifies the Prince
The Buddha of the Great Canon said: Prince Kalyanamitra put to sea to gather treasure and spend time in other lands. But before putting to sea, he offered to his parents one white goose. His mother and wives said to the white goose, “The prince in the past always was inseparable from you. Today he has left on the great sea and we will not know if he is dead or alive. Why do you not think of the prince?” The white goose thereupon declared, “I wish to look for the prince, but I dare not disobey his orders.” The ladies of rank then wrote a message (placing it around) the goose’s head, and with that the goose then flew into the void, going so far as the great sea where he saw the prince in the distance, and tucking in his body he (flew down) below. The prince received the message. Opening the envelope and unrolling the letter he read it and realized how his father and mother had lost their eyesight in longing for their princely son. Immediately, (the prince) returned to his own country and his father and mother were very joyous. (However,) the king and his wife blind of sight could not see the prince’s countenance. With their hands laid upon him, they stroked the prince saying, “Your father and mother missed you; worry and suffering has made us like this.” After making the customary inquiries and protocols of greeting, the prince took out a pearl and uttered this wish, “With this cintamani pearl, I order that both the eyes of my father and mother be as clear and bright as before.” Upon making this wish, (their eyesight) was immediately restored. When the father and mother saw their son, their joy was unbounded. The person Prince Kalyanamitra was likewise the Thus Come One.