[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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[The] Sūtra [Of A] Hundred Parables

(13) Parable [Of The] Person Easily Angry


[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.


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].


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


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.’


[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?’


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.


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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