[48] The Parable Of That Jackal By A Broken Tree Branch Hit From The Sūtra Of A Hundred Parables《百喻经》之野干为折树枝所打喻

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[The] Sūtra [Of A] Hundred Parables

(48) Parable [Of] That Jackal By [A] Broken Tree Branch Hit


For example, [there was a] jackal at [a] tree below. [When the] wind blew, [a] branch broke [and] fell [on his] spine above. [He] immediately closed [his] eyes, not desiring [to see [the] tree. Abandoning [it] and walking to open ground, and even [at] sunset, [he was] also not willing [to] come [back].


[From] afar seeing [the] wind blowing [the] big tree, [with its] branches [and] twigs shaking up [and] down, [he] then said, ‘[It is] calling me, [to] immediately come [to the] tree below.’


Ignorant disciples [are] likewise thus, [having] already attained leaving [of the] household [life and] getting close [to] teachers [and] seniors, with [a] little berating, immediately fleeing [to] go. Again at [a] later time, meeting evil-knowing friends, [who] disturb [and] confuse [them] endlessly, [they] then return [to] those gone [away from]. Thus going [and] coming is because of ignorance [and] confusion.

[Note: Some easily take offence at what they should not, due to their own pettiness and misunderstanding, even at those who mean them well with their kind but strict admonishments.

Sometimes, there is no admonishment at all, but with themselves being oversensitive and taking things personally. Leaving after taking offence, they do not realise that they have abandoned good-knowing friends (善知识) who are precious for their spiritual progress.

While some might rightly rationalise, even if accidentally, on why they should return to them later, there are those who are so wilful and prideful, that they never do, even when there are open and forgiving invitations. They might even foolishly rationalise why they are better off with potentially or actually evil-knowing friends.]

Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an

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