Sutras

[13] The Parable Of The Person Easily Angry From The Sūtra Of A Hundred Parables《百喻经》之说人喜瞋喻

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《百喻经》
[The] Sūtra [Of A] Hundred Parables

(一三)说人喜瞋喻
(13) Parable [Of The] Person Easily Angry

过去有人,共多人众坐于屋中,叹一外人德行极好,唯有二过:一者喜瞋,二者作事仓卒。

[In the] past, [there] was [a] person, together [with] many people sitting within [a] house, praising a person outside, [to have] virtuous practices extremely good, only having two faults. First, [is that he is] easily angry. Second, [is that he] does things hastily.

尔时此人过在门外,闻作是语便生瞋恚,即入其屋擒彼道己愚恶之人,以手打扑。

At that time, this person [was] passing by [the] door outside. [Having] heard [him] say these words, then giving rise [to] anger, [he] immediately entered [the] house, caught that person [who] spoke of his ignorant evils, [and] with [his] hands hit [him].

傍人问言:「何故打也?」

[A] bystander asked, saying, ‘[For] what reason [are you] hitting [him]?’

其人答言:「我曾何时喜瞋、仓卒?而此人者道:『我顺喜瞋恚,作事仓卒。』是故打之。」

That person replied, saying, ‘I, previously, [at] what time, [was] easily angry [and] hasty? Yet this person said, “I yield easily [to] anger, [and] do things hastily.” Therefore [am I] hitting him.’

傍人语言:「汝今喜瞋仓卒之相即时现验,云何讳之?」

[The] bystander spoke, saying, ‘You [are] now [with the] forms of [being] easily angry [and] hasty. [With these] immediately appearing [as] proof, how [can you] conceal them?’

人说过恶而起怨责,深为众人怪其愚惑。

People [who have] heard of [his] faults’ evils then gave rise [to] blame, [and he was] by all people deeply sneered [at], blamed [for] his ignorance [and] confusion.

譬如世间饮酒之夫,躭荒沉酒作诸放逸,见人呵责返生尤疾,苦引证作用自明白,若此愚人讳闻己过,见他道说返欲打扑之。

For example, like men of [the] world [who] drink wine, [who are] addicted [to] recreation [and] drinking, doing all [that is] heedless, [when] seeing people berating [them], instead giving rise [to] resentment [and] hatred, painstakingly citing ‘proof’, using [it for] personal vindication, [they are] like this foolish person avoiding hearing [of his] own faults, [when] seeing others stating [their faults], instead desiring [to] hit them.

[Note: There are the unmindful, self-centred and defensive, who habitually fail to reflect upon their faults, even when they are accurately raised before them by others without animosity. When they fiercely deny these faults with invalid justifications, this very denial only further affirms the same faults, perhaps while revealing even more faults, such as being severely deluded.

They might be so deluded that when this itself is also pointed out to them, they only deny them yet again, with even greater but still unfounded indignation. Those who are continually unwilling to be self-critical, and to receive criticism from others, be it fair or not, are those who will not improve spiritually.

If there is fair criticism, there should be direct acceptance and clear gratitude for the opportunity to self-reflect. If there is unfair criticism, there should be calm correction if necessary. At no point should there be resentment, in thought, word or deed.]

Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an

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