2009年8月21日星期五

學以致用

Ven. K. Sri Dhammananda在How To Practice Buddhism提到幾種修習佛法的方式,人們可因應自己的情況選擇合適的一種。佛法不應被當作純粹的學問知識,因為這有違佛陀宣揚佛法的目的。縱使對佛教的義理有深入的認識,或能把佛經背誦如流都是沒有意義的,能夠在日常生活中實踐佛教的精神才是最重要。

The intellectual aspect is yet another method to understand and practice the religion. Having gone through traditional, cultural and devotional practices, many people ‘graduate’ to the intellectual aspect. This would mean that through intense study and diligence practice, they can gain more knowledge and understanding to clarify their doubts on the significance of religious beliefs and practices, the precise meaning and purpose of life, the nature of worldly conditions and their unsatisfactoriness as well as the phenomena and the universal nature of impermanence. Through study, observation and concentration they will be able to gain a clear vision of reality, an understanding of universal phenomena and confidence in religion. The confidence that they do gain through understanding is unshakeable. But there are many who do not take the trouble to gain a clear understanding of the Buddha’s teachings. First we much learn, after having learned, we must practice what we have learned; and finally, only after practicing can we experience the beneficial results. Anyone can practice this method without having to depend on theories, philosophy and traditional beliefs. We also must not depend on personality cults – in order words depending on other persons for our salvation. Granted some people do gain a good knowledge of the Dharma, Verily, if they do not follow the religious principles to cultivate their moral conduct, they are like a spoon which does not know the taste of soup. Mere book knowledge does not contribute anything for the betterment of their lives. Without mental purity, knowledge alone may in the end become skepticism.

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