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