This account is from a book entitled Against Killing Cows. In a place called Hsuan Cheng, there was a man by the name of Yu Ben Shu. From the time of his grandparents, his entire family kept the precept against eating beef.
However, one time Mr. Yu got sick and the doctor prescribed a kind of medicine that had as its primary ingredient the brains of a cow. Moreover, people would occasionally present him with beef as a gift, and although he did not eat it himself, he would give it to his servants to eat, thinking that way he would not personally be at fault.
One night, he dreamed of a person wearing the red robe and hat of an official, who scolded him, "You eat beef, right? Why does your body stink so much that people cannot even get near you?"
Mr. Yu replied, "I have never eaten beef!"
Then the guard ordered his attendant to check the "Record of Good And Evil." He said, "Although you did not personally eat beef, you broke the precept by taking medicine made from the brains of a cow; furthermore, when your friends gave you beef, although you did not eat it yourself, you gave it to your servants to eat. In those cases it was you who created the offense. Therefore, your lifespan should be shortened. But since I see that now you have a true mind of repentance, your originally allotted lifespan will be returned to you as long as you can exhort one hundred households to hold the precept against eating beef."
At that time, Mr. Yu did not speak, but only held the thought in his mind: "It is so rare in this world for people to hold the precept against eating beef. How could I possibly manage to exhort one hundred households to do so? And if someone gives me beef, what can I do with it?"
Because the guard had the spiritual penetration of knowing others' thoughts, he immediately knew what Mr. Yu was thinking, and so he cracked a subtle smile and said, "If someone gives you beef, you should simply bury it. Also, do not be afraid that you will not be able to exhort one hundred households to not eat beef. You only need fear that your faith is not firm enough."
When Mr. Yu awoke up from the dream, he immediately recorded it and published it, as a means to exhort people not to eat beef and to transform worldly people to hold this precept: his was indeed a task not easy to accomplish.
At the end of day, I blow on my wooden flute. Even the old ox likes it. Turning around his head, As we amble slowly into the sunset.