[83] The Parable Of The Macaque From The Sūtra Of A Hundred Parables《百喻经》之猕猴喻

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[The] Sūtra [Of A] Hundred Parables

[83] Parable [Of The] Macaque


[In the] past, [there] was a macaque, by [a] grown-up that beaten. Not able [to] cope with it, [he] instead resented [a] small child.


Ordinary foolish persons [are] likewise thus, [with the] first, that angering person [being] substituted incessantly, [already] ceased in [the] past, thereupon [with the] dharma, that [in] continuous succession later arisen, saying [it] is that [person in the] past, falsely giving rise [to] rage’s poison [and] anger full [and] deep, [they are] like that macaque, by [a] grown-up that beaten, instead [being] angry [at a] small child.

[Note: While it might make sense to right wrongs for justice and to prevent future wrongs for the welfare of all involved, it does not make sense to bear resentment against those who angered us in the past by endlessly projecting the resentment forward to a similar person or even the ‘same’ person.

This is so as due to continual change in body and mind, even the ‘same’ person is no longer exactly the same, what more someone else totally ‘different’.

Each person has his or her own karmas. Even if there is some collective karma (共业) as family members, as there is different karma (别业) too, the transgressions of the ‘father’ should not be seen as passed down to the ‘son’, with the father’s transgressions to be borne by the son.]

Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an

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