208 - Lesson 8
པའི་འགྲམ་དུ་དབྱུགས་ཏེ་སླར་ཡང་ཆུའི་ནང་དུ་འཛུལ་ནས་གསེར་གྱི་སྟ་རེ་ཞིག་བླངས་པ་རེད།26 ས་བད་ག་གིས་གསེར་གྱི་སྟ་རེ་
དེ་
ཡག་པོ་ཞེ་དྲགས་འདུག་ཞེས་ཡང་ཡང་བཤད་ནས་དྲང་སྲོང་གི་ལག་པ་ནས་གསེར་བིུ་སྟ་རེ་ཚུར་བླངས་པ་དང་ས་སྟེང་ནས་དངུལ་
གྱི་སྟ
་རེ་དེ་ཡར་བསྒུགས་ཏེ་ལག་པ་རེ་རེར་ཁྱེར་ནས་དགའ་ཐག་ཆོད་པ་རེད།27 སྐབས་དེར་དྲང་སྲོང་ནི་ཡང་སྐྱར་ཡལ་སྟབས་ས་
བདག་
གིས་སྟ་རེ་གཉིས་ཀ་ཁྱེར་ན་ཡག་པོ་འདུག་བསམ་ནས་མགྱོགས་པོ་ཕྱིན་འཕྲལ་ཁོ་པ་ཆུའི་ནང་དུ་ལྷེང་སྟེ་ཤི་བ་རེད།28
. I0.2 Trans]ation i̅
The Golden Axe
̅̅ Forn'erly, there was a smal] boy narnedLhaksam. Because he (his family's
livelihood) was verypoor, hisparentssenthimtoworkinthehouseofalord. T hatboy
Lhaksam used to work very hard every day from morning to night. Nevertheless, the lord
criticized him, saying, "v ou are acting lazy." One day, Lhaksam went to the[ hi]ls to ]
collect firewood andwas not careful when he was going on top of a bridgealong the road
so the axe fell intothe water. He was unable to get it from the water. He thought,
therefore, that withoutthe axe he would be unab]e tocollect firewood, and without
firewood, the ]ordwould scold and beat him. He cried from fright.
Lhaksam
Lhaksam, "Boy, why are you crying?" Lhaksam told the o]d man the eVents ofthe axe
fa]ling into the riVer. The o]d man said, "Iwi]l getthe axe from the water, " and jumped
into theriver. Aftera moment, he emerged from the water carryingagoldenaxeaund
askedLhaksam, "Boy, is thisyour axe?" Lhaksam looked aund seeing that it was a go]den
axe, quickly shook his headand answered, "Old man, thank you, but this is not rny axe."
After that the old man again jumpedinto the water and emerged bringing a silVer axe. He
asked the child, "Boy, isthisyouraxe?" Eventhough thisaxe wasgood, Lhaki̅sam once
again shooki̅his head andreplied, "Old man, thank you. This axe also is not mine."The
o]d man again jumped into the riVer and (this time) brought acompletely black iron axe.
He asked the child, "Boy, is this axe yours?" Lhaksam lookedat itand because it was
really his own axe, jumped for joy, took the axe, and said over and over, "Old man, thank
you." Theoldmanstrokinglhaksam"sheadsaid, "Vourea]lyseemagoodboy. Vouwi]l
have a happy life." After saying that, the old man suddenlyvanished firom sight. i̅
Lhaksam then (lit., at that time) knew that he (the old maul) must bei̅an ascetic
lama and continued to col]ect flrewood. Because the ascetic lama stroked hisaxe, theaxe
had becomevery sha p and he cut the wood quickly aundretuurned home. Becausethe lord
saw that he had come home so ear]y he (thought) , "He is being ]azy, " and sco]ded him.
Lh ksami̅explainedall theevents to him. Becausei̅of this the ]ordgot angryaund verba]]y
abused him, " Vou arerea]ly an idiot for taking the iron axe instead of (lit., ratherthaul)
the goldand silveraxes." i̅ i̅ ̅
T he next day, early in the morning, the lord sentLhaksam to do different work.


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