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小和尚的故事 A Story of a little Buddhist monk

這一天柴打得特別多,他的心情也很好。回去的路上他累了,就放下柴擔到溪水邊喝點水,洗一把臉。這時“小強”來了。小強是山裡的一隻小猴,經常來這邊玩,也經常碰到上山打柴的小和尚。日子久了,他們就成了好朋友。小和尚洗完想要拿汗巾擦臉,卻發現汗巾還掛在那邊的柴擔上,他也確實是很累了,於是就指著柴擔,示意讓小強替他去拿汗巾。 

小強跑過去,從柴擔上抽了一支木柴,給小和尚拿了過來。
小和尚覺得很有趣,又讓小強去拿,並用手比劃呈方形,嘴裡說著:“汗巾、汗巾”。小強又去,拿回來的還是木柴。小和尚笑得更開心了,這次他拿一塊石頭丟過去,正好丟到汗巾上,然後指給小強“看到了吧?拿那個汗巾”。小強再去,拿回來的還是木柴,而且還是一幅得意洋洋的表情,好像在說“你看,我多能幹!”看著小強一幅志得意滿的樣子,小和尚笑得前仰後合。 

回來以後,小和尚把這件有趣的事告訴了方丈。於是方丈問
他:“你跟師弟們講道理,他們聽不明白,你就會發脾氣。可是小強聽不明白,你為什麼反而覺得有趣?”小和尚一愣,回答說:“小強聽不懂是很正常的,因為他是猴。可師弟他們是人,他們不應該聽不懂我說的道理。” 

方丈說:“應該?什麼又叫做應該呢?首先每個人天生的悟
性不同,悟性好的人,並不是他的功勞;悟性差的人,也不是他的過錯。就算是悟性相同的,後天所處的環境又不一樣。出生在書香門第的人,並不是他的功勞;出生在走卒屠戶的人,也不是他的過錯。就算是環境一樣的,能遇到的師父又不一樣。遇到一燈和尚的,未必是他的功勞;遇到酒肉和尚的,未必是他的過錯。人與人有這樣大的差異,你憑什麼就能說誰‘應該能’怎麼樣呢?” 

小和尚聽到這裡,低頭不說話了。方丈接著說:“更何況,
天道無常,人世無常。今天他比你差,你可以看不起他,明天他若比你強了呢?那時候他再來看不起你,你心裡感受卻又如何?” 

小和尚慚愧的說:“師父,我知道我的錯了。”方丈卻搖頭
道:“不,其實你最大的錯,卻並不在於此。”小和尚睜大了雙眼問:“那我的錯在哪裡呢?” 

方丈說:“錯在你沒有學著用佛的眼睛去看,用佛的心去想
。”小和尚忽然覺得,自己似乎就要領會到一些什麼東西了,於是連忙磕頭說:“和尚慈悲,求師父教我!” 

方丈微笑道:“你仔細想一想,同樣是不能理解你的意思,
為什麼你對師弟就會發怒,對小強就會開懷大笑?他們是相同的,而變化的是你自己。所以問題並不出在他們身上,而出在你身上。你不對小強發怒,是因為你是人,他是猴,你比他的智慧高得多,因此你就可以包容他的錯誤。而你師弟他們是人,你也是人,你的智慧跟他們是同一個檔次,因此就包容不了他們的錯誤。如果是佛呢?佛看到你師弟們的錯誤,他會發怒嗎?他當然不會,因為佛的智慧可以包容一切。” 

“你最大的錯誤就在於,沒有試著用佛的眼光去觀察世人,
用佛的慈悲去憐憫世人,用佛的智慧去包容世人。” 

Formerly, there has a mountain, in the mountain has a temple, in the temple has a little monk who is telling the story. This little monk is very confident for his own brains, the knowledge and the wisdom. The smart person is certainly willing to exchange with the smart person, that is truly a very joyful matter. But while he meets the person who has little learning, thought chaotic, the unclear fellow, he often get a very bad temper and says: "Why didn't you understand such easy stuff? So studpid pig." The master criticized him many times, but he acknowledges the mistake only on his mouth, once the similar issue happens, he returns to such bad temper. But one day, an experience from mountain changed his mind and view.

This day, he hits many firewood and has a very good mood. He feels tired during the way goinig back, so he put down the firewood, goes to the river, drinks some water and desires to wash his face. On that time, "Little Kin" arrived, little Kin is a small monkey in this mountain, he comes to play and also meets little monk frequently, so they're friends since a long times ago. While little monk wants to dry his face with the towel after washed up, he found that the towel still holds on the shoulder pole, but because he is really very tired, so he uses his finger, points to the shoulder pole, tries to inform little Kin to pick the towel for him.

Little Kin runs over there, takes one of the wood, and then carrys it back to little monk. Little monk feels interested, so informs little Kin to pick again, but this time, he uses his hand to show a square and uses his month to say: "towel, towel". Little Kin runs over there, but carrys back a wood again. Little monk laughs louder and this time, he through a stone which just felt on the towel, and he says: "see? that's towel". Little Kin runs over there again, but still carrys back a wood. Little Kin also feels proud of such action, just like: "see? I am so clever." The little monk laughs louder after saw little Kin's face.

Once get back, little monk tells this interested stuff to his master. His master asks: "While you talked to other person, they don't understand, you will angry. But while little Kin doesn't understand, you will not angry but feels happy, why?" Little monk heard this, keep silent and then answers: "Little Kin doesn't understand is reasonable because he is a monkey. But other person is human being, they ought to understand what i am talking about."

Master says: "Ought to be? So what is the meaning of ought to be? Firstly, every person has different power of understanding, with a good power of understanding doesn't means it's his effort, with a poor power of understanding doesn't means it's his fault. Even though two persons with the same level of power of understanding, they also have the different acquired environment. Born in a rich family doesn't means it's his effort, born in a poor family doesn't means it's his fault. Every person has a lot of difference, for what reason that you say "ought to be"?

Little monk heard, keep silent and says nothing. Master keep going says: "Besides, weather, manifestation of god's will, ill and naturality are changeable. Today, he is weaker than you, you despises him; what about if one day you are weaker than him? if he despises you on that time, what do you feel?"

Little monk says abashed: "Master, I am wrong." Master shakes his head: "No, your biggest fault is not only these." Little monk asks suprisely: "So what else do I have?"

Master says: "One of your mainly fault is you do not use Buddha's eye to see nor to think."
Little monk says: "Please tell me."

Master says with smile: "Think seriously, monkey and person also do not understand your meaning, but you only angry with human being and not monkey? Indeed, they're the same, the changing is only on you. So the problem belongs to yours but not theirs. You're not angry with monkey because of you are human being, you're clever than him, so you forgive his fault. But you're angry with person because of you are the same as them, you're both human being, so you cannot forgive his fault. What about the Buddha? Buddha will angry with person's fault? Of course Buddha will not angry because Buddha's wisdom forgive everything."

"Your major fault is, you didn't try to observe human being with Buddha's eye, didn't try to feel sorry for human being with Buddha's charity and didn't try to forgive human being with Buddha's wisdom."


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