There was once two herds of deer, the Banyan deer and the Monkey Deer. There was also a king in the country where they lived.
The king of that country was fond of hunting the deer and eating deer meat. He did not like to go alone so he called the people of his town to go with him, day after day.
The Banyan Deer
The townspeople did not like this for while they were gone no one did their work. So, they decided to make a park and drive the deer into it. The gate would shut and the deer were trapped. Then the king could go into the park and hunt and they could go on with their daily work.
The Banyan deer king noticed how many of the deer had to suffer before they died or were just simply wounded and would die later. He went to talk to the king about having one deer die each day by having its head chopped off. This way less deer would die or suffer. The king thought it was a good idea.
One day a mother deer had her turn on the chopping block. She told the king that she had a child and she would volunteer to die when the fawn was older. The Banyan deer king overheard this and volunteered to die on the chopping block.
As the king heard this he said, "King of the Banyan Deer! I never saw such kindness and mercy. Rise up. I grant your life and hers. Nor will I hunt any more the Deer in either park or forest."
MORALThis short story teaches the power of standing up for truth and justice, even at the risk of sticking out your own neck.Buddha is teaching how to follow the right conduct portion of the Eightfold Path by doing right actions towards yourself and others.