2012年11月12日星期一

Practice is better than mere teaching

As a flower that is lovely and beautiful but is scentless, even so fruitless is the well-spoken word of one who does not practise it.

As a flower that is lovely, beautiful, and scent-laden, even so fruitful is the well-spoken word of one who practises it.

Ven. Nàrada, Dhammapada

Ven. Kakkapalliye Anuruddha Thera解釋了以上的偈誦。

正如一朵美麗、顏色鮮豔,但沒有香味的花朵,同樣良好的說話若不付諸實行,不會帶來益處。

正如一朵美麗、顏色鮮豔和有香味的花朵,同樣良好的說話若付諸實行,會帶來益處。

佛陀說法,若聆聽的人不遵照,是不會有任何的成果。人若不實踐佛法,佛法就沒有作用。佛法的精妙不在語言,而在於實踐。

佛法有以下的特點:由佛陀詳細解釋、在當下學習、超越時間、歡迎各人來學習、把修習者送到目的地、各人自行領略佛法。

這首偈誦與一位佛教徒有關。

舍衛城有一位富翁,有一次他到祈樹給孤獨園聽佛陀說法,期間頻婆娑羅王來見佛陀。富翁心想自己正在聽「王中之王」(指佛陀) 說法,若果起來向國王敬禮,這便是對佛陀的侮辱,結果沒有起來。頻婆娑羅王對此心感不悅,但沒有表露出來。佛陀知道國王不滿,於是稱讚富翁是一位有德行和掌握佛法的人。

有一日,頻婆娑羅王在宮殿樓上看到富翁,吩咐侍從把他帶來。富翁見到頻婆娑羅王便向他行禮。頻婆娑羅王問他為何在祈樹給孤獨園沒有對自己行禮。富翁解釋了當中的原因。頻婆娑羅王沒有再追問,要求富翁每日到王宮教授王后佛法。富翁拒絕國王的要求,表示王宮是非常危險的地方,稍有犯錯就可能有招來殺生之禍,建議他改為請求佛陀委派一人。

頻婆娑羅王把這請求轉交佛陀。佛陀說要向大眾說法,有很多的工作,無法答允。國王又請佛陀派一比丘負責這工作。佛陀把這任務交給阿難陀。過了一段時間,佛陀問阿難陀兩位王后的學習情況。阿難陀說其中一位王后很聽明和專注學習,另一位則不是太留心。佛陀聽到後說出以上的偈誦。

2012年10月12日星期五

正念修習日 Day of Mindfulness (弘法精舍)

 

Mindfulness 

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日期:2012年2月11日、4月14日、6月9日、8月11日、10月13日、12月8日(六) *** 10月13日 活動取消,抱歉帶來不便 ***

時間:早上10:00至下午4:00
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地點:弘法精舍﹣荃灣青山公路九咪半發業里8號 (麗城花園三期對面)
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1. 將支票郵寄至本精舍,支票抬頭「東蓮覺苑」,支票背請註明參加者姓名及電話。

2. 三天前親身到弘法精舍繳付。

2012年10月8日星期一

Seek not other’s faults but your own

Let not one seek others' faults, things left done and undone by others, but one's own deeds done and undone.

Ven. Nàrada, Dhammapada

Ven. Kakkapalliye Anuruddha Thera解釋了以上的偈誦。

不是別人的錯失,或別人沒有做的事情,人只應關注自己有沒有做的事情。

佛陀沒教導我們做一個自私的人。佛陀教我們不要集中在別人的長處或短處,而是要專注個人的事務,在評價別人之前,要審視自己有沒有作惡或行善。

有一日,佛陀坐在森林內,吩咐六十名阿羅漢外出說法,以促進人們的利益,他自己亦會到摩揭陀說法。印度地廣人多,佛陀叫比丘各自到不同的地方,使多些人能夠認識佛法。

有一次,佛陀在森林遇到一些青年男女。其中一男子沒有女伴,於是用錢請來一位女伴。這名女子暗中偷盜他們的財物,然後偷偷逃走。他們發現財物和該女子消失後,便四出找尋。他們問佛陀有否看到該女子。佛陀對他們說:「為甚麼要為她操心,為甚麼不找尋自己,這是你應做的事情」。他們坐下聽佛陀說法。

找尋自己,明白我們是誰,我是甚麼?而不是外在的事物。一般人的心都專注外界,不會集中在內心。

佛陀在另一個場合也說到以上的偈誦。

話說舍衛城有一戶人家,女主人信仰一名外道,他是末伽梨拘舍利 (Makkhali Gosāla) 的弟子。女主人相信該外道在前生曾是她的兒子,她每日人都會在家中供養該名外道。家中其他人是佛教徒,他們常到寺院聽佛陀說法,時常在女主人面前稱讚佛陀。女主人開始想與佛陀見面,便詢問外道的意見。外道說佛陀的教法沒有甚麼了不起,阻止她前往見佛陀。

經過幾次後,女主人暗中叫兒子請佛陀到家中吃午飯。兒子在途中經過外道的住宅。當外道知道男孩正前往邀請佛陀時,便教男孩不要這樣做。男孩說不敢違背母親的指示,外道又叫他不要告訴佛陀在哪處接受供養。男孩最終到了寺院,邀請佛陀明日接受供養。

女主人在大廳供養佛陀,把外道請到後院。佛陀吃過午飯後,便向女主人說法。外道在後院聽到女主人不時讚美佛法,心中生起憤怒,於是走到大廳詛咒女主人。女主人聽到後無法集中精神。佛陀教她集中精神,不要理會其他事情,說出以上的偈誦。

2012年9月12日星期三

郊遊禪修樂消遙 兩天一夜的禪悅營

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作為都市人,我們生活怱忙,為口奔馳,營營役役,不覺身心疲累,生活枯燥。何不利用工餘時間停一停、歇一歇,親親大自然、接觸翠綠的叢林、觀賞秀麗脫俗的花草、靜聽鳥兒與昆蟲合奏交響樂曲、呼吸清新空氣。讓璀璨的陽光和清涼的微風洗滌一下勞累的心靈。

東蓮覺苑弘法精舍特別舉辦兩天一夜的禪修營,名為《郊遊禪修樂消遙》,就是要給繁忙的我們一個機會,可以遠離繁囂,輕鬆自在地渡過一個法喜充滿的週末。同時為我們注入正能量,以應付日益繁重的工作。

這禪修營由法師帶領,活動有坐禪、行禪、茶禪、觀星賞月、行山看日出、正念瑜伽修習、佛法開示、分享…….等等。使大家在輕鬆地渡週末之餘,又能修習佛法,實是難能可貴的機會。敬請各位踴躍參加。

日期:

二0一二年九月二十二及二十三日(第一期)

十月二十七及二十八日(第二期)

十一月二十四及二十五日(第三期)

二0一三年一月十九及二十日(第四期)

導師:法護法師

地點:大嶼山蓮花台

名額:二十名 (先到先得, 額滿即止)

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三皈五戒典禮

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主持︰法護法師暨眾法師

日期︰第一期 2012年11月18日(星期日)

第二期 2013年1月27日(星期日)

第三期 2013年5月19日(星期日)

時間︰下午2:30

內容︰佛供、開示、三皈五戒傳授、迴向

地點︰荃灣青山公路九咪半發業里8號

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2012年9月11日星期二

南傳短期出家

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南傳短期出家 (限男眾參加)

出家是鍛煉心智、培養意志的歷程、

它是淨化心意、開展心性的高尚行持。

導師:達摩灑甘露尊者、法護法師

教授語言:粵語

課程大綱: 戒學法、定學法、慧學法

短期出家入營:2012 年12月22日(六) 下午三時

出營日期時間: 2012年12月30日 (日) 下午一時

費用:免費,隨喜樂捐

人數:額滿即止

地點:荃灣弘法精舍

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1. 填妥報名表(參加短期出家者,請附上一吋半的半身照片一張並於照片背後寫上姓名連同表格)寄到弘法精舍,表格可親身到本精舍索取或到下列網址下載 http://wfcs.buddhistdoor.com

2. 對象︰年滿16歲以上、身心健全者。
3. 短期出家只限男眾。

4. 短期出家者將會安排面試,成功錄取者將會個別通知。

2012年8月16日星期四

Saintly monks cause no inconvenience to any

As a bee without harming the flower, its colour or scent, flies away, collecting only the honey, even so should the sage wander in the village.

Ven. Nàrada, Dhammapada

Ven. Kakkapalliye Anuruddha Thera解釋了以上的偈誦。

正如一隻蜜蜂採集花蜜後飛走,不人損壞花朵、它的顏色或香氣,同樣聖者在村落遊方亦如是。

聖者到村落化食,在取得食物後便會離開,不會對村落和人造成任何破壞。

牟尼 (muni) 英文釋作Sage,聖者的意思。其實,牟尼解作修禪定者 (meditator),分為有學 (sekha) 和無學 (asekha) 兩類。有學指正接受訓練的修習者,無學指已完成訓練的修習者。根據佛教的分類方法,修習八正道的聖者分為入流果 (Sotāpanna, stream-entry 初果)、一來果 (Sakadagami, once-returner 二果)、不還果 (Anāgāmi, non-returner 三果) 和阿羅漢 (Arahant 四果)。入流果、一來果和不還果屬有學,阿羅漢則屬無學。牟尼是修習心的人。

這首偈誦與一名吝嗇富翁有關。

王舍城有一位富翁,他生性十分吝嗇,不施捨任何東西給別人,就連一滴油也不願意付出。富翁從不用金錢用於自己利益身上,或幫助別人。假如金錢不用於人和社會利益之上,佛教把這比喻為被惡魔控制的一潭清水。水是清澈和涼快的,但沒有人能到這清潭,因為它被惡魔所控制。有一日,富翁看到一個窮人在吃烤餅,心中也想吃些烤餅,但同時亦害怕會浪費金錢。這欲望使他日益消瘦,妻子見到後便問他是否有甚麼問題。他回答沒有。妻子再問是否生意損失金錢,或被國王徵罰。他回答不是。最後,他說出想吃點烤餅,妻子聽到後便準備烤餅給他。富翁吩咐妻子只用給自己準備烤餅,不用分給家中其他人,也不要讓別人嗅到烤餅的香味,以免吸引別人注意。

佛陀看到富翁的行為,便對目犍連 (Maha Moggallana) 把富翁帶來。目犍連運用神通,到了富翁家中,站在窗前。富翁看到目犍連,說不會給烤餅給他。由於目犍連不肯離開,富翁決定給他一小塊烤餅打發他。當小烤餅放入燒爐時,烤餅即時變大,富翁馬上叫妻子停止,再烤另一小塊。

目犍連對他們說佛陀正等待他,吩咐他們帶同烤餅前往見佛陀。富翁把烤餅布施給佛陀和比丘。後來,比丘們討論到富翁的行為,佛陀解釋富翁在前生亦是非常吝嗇。

佛陀說有一個吝嗇的富翁,他身上有些殘缺。他的父親卻非常慷慨,經常幫助別人,去世後往生天界,成為天神。當父親去世後,富翁拆毀供窮人飲食的地方,並趕走他們。有一日,天神看到富翁的所作所為,決定要教訓他一頓。天神變成富翁的樣貌,宣布會派發金錢給窮人,吸引大量窮人到來。當富翁回到家中,看到一個與自己一模一樣的人。富翁到王宮求國王支持公道,但國王無法分辦兩人。富翁找來妻子和兒子,但他們都認出天神是真的富翁。富翁哭起來,天神在這時候顯出本來面貌,教導富翁要慷慨助人。

2012年7月11日星期三

與法師心靈對談

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與法師心靈對談

  • 您想傾訴心事嗎?
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2012年香港書展期間,佛門網將在書展現場闢出雅致的一隅,讓您可與法師一起品茗禪茶,傾訴心底話!

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2012年6月19日星期二

Taking Five Precepts and Three Refuges


                 Three Refuges (Tisaraṇa)

                Buddhaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi.
                Dhammaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi.
                Saṅghaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi.

                Dutiyampi buddhaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi.
                Dutiyampi dhammaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi.
                Dutiyampi saṅghaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi.
                 
                Tatiyampi buddhaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi.
                Tatiyampi dhammaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi.
                Tatiyampi saṅghaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi.

                Five Precepts (Pañca–sīla)

                Pāṇātipātā veramaṇī–sikkhāpadaṃ samādiyāmi.
                Adinnādānā veramaṇī–sikkhāpadaṃ samādiyāmi.
                Kāmesu micchācārā veramaṇī–sikkhāpadaṃ samādiyāmi.
                Musā–vādā veramaṇī–sikkhāpadaṃ samādiyāmi.
                Surā–meraya–majja–pamādaṭṭhānā veramaṇī–sikkhāpadaṃ samādiyāmi.


2012年6月14日星期四

出版

To-Eat-Or-Not-To-Eat-Meat-Front-Cover早前翻譯了Shravasti Dhammika的著作To Eat or Not to Eat Meat: A Buddhist Reflection,譯名為《吃肉還是不吃肉:佛教的反思》,並找了多間的佛教出版社商討出版的事宜。出版社在審閱過稿件後均不願意出版,原因多是不贊同書中提及的觀點。吃肉與否在佛教真是過很具爭議的問題,又或是法師的文章觸動了閱讀者的神經,揭露鮮為人知或留意的實情,當然這全純屬個人憶測。
現在只好繼續找其他的出版社。 

2012年6月6日星期三

佛學課程

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志蓮夜書院2012-13年度的課程現正招生。從課程資料中找不到《法句經》,可能Ven. Kakkapalliye Anuruddha末能回港任教。後來去信書院查詢,得知法師仍在斯里蘭卡休養。希望法師能早日康復。

http://www.chilin.edu.hk/col/course.asp

2012年5月28日星期一

Shravasti Dhammika: What Is The Enlightened One Like?

1. What are enlightened people like? Well, some are men and some are women. You might find them in a monastery or a suburban home, in the forest or in a small country town. It is true that there are not many of them but there are a lot more than people usually think. It is not that enlightenment is inherently difficult; the sad truth is that most people cannot be bothered to pull themselves out of the bog of ignorance and craving.

2. At first you wouldn't notice the enlightened person in a crowd because he's rather quiet and retiring. But when things started to get heated, that's when he'd stand out. When everyone else was enflamed by rage he'd still be full of love. When others were in turmoil because of some crisis he'd be as calm as he was before. In a mad scramble to get as much as possible, he'd be the one over in the corner with the content expression on his face. He walks smoothly over the rough, he's steady amidst the shaking. It's not that he wants to make a point of being different, rather it's freedom from desire that has made him completely self-contained. But strangely, although others can't move him, his calm presence moves them. His gentle reasoned words unite those at odds and bring even closer together those already united. The afflicted, the frightened and the worried feel better after they have talked with him. Wild animals sense the kindness in the enlightened one's heart and are not afraid of him. Even the place where he dwells, be it village, forest, hill or vale, seems more beautiful simply because he is there.

3. He's not always expressing an opinion or defending a point of view, in fact he doesn't seem to have any views, therefore people often mistake him for a fool. When he doesn't get upset or retaliate to abuse or ridicule again people think there must be something wrong with him. But he doesn't mind what they think. He appears to be dumb but it's just that he prefers to remain silent. He acts as if he was blind but actually he sees everything that is going on. People think he is weak but really he is very strong. Despite all appearances he is as sharp as a razor's edge.

4. His face is always radiant and serene because he never worries about what happened yesterday or what might happen tomorrow. His carriage and movements are graceful and poised because he has a natural mindfulness of everything he does. His voice is lovely to hear and his words are urbane, clear and to the point. He is beautiful in a way that has nothing to do with physical appearance or eloquence but which comes from his own inner goodness.

5. He might have a house but if it burned down tomorrow he would move somewhere else and be just as comfortable there. He can be at home anywhere. Even those who try to cut down on the number or things they own always seem to have too much. No matter how much the enlightened one is given he always seems to have just enough. True, he seeks the necessities of life like everyone else but he takes only what he needs and his needs are very small. His life is uncluttered and simple and he is content with what comes his way. His real nourishment is joy, his real beverage is truth, his real home is awareness.

6. Ordinary people are as noisy as babbling brooks while the enlightened one is as silent as the ocean depths. He loves quiet and he speaks in praise of quiet. By this I don't mean he never opens his mouth. He's only too happy to talk about the Dhamma to those interested in listening, although he never preaches and he won't get involved in arguments or debates. Also, because he doesn't talk beyond what he actually knows everything he says is vested with an authenticity that the `experts' simply can't match.

7. The enlightened one's mind is not cluttered with thoughts nor is it inactive. When he needs thoughts he thinks and when he doesn't need them he lets them fall silent. For him they are a tool not a problem. He still has memories, emotions and ideas but he is unmoved by them. To him they are just magical illusions. He watches them as they arise, as they persist, as they pass away. His mind is like the clear empty sky - clouds drift through but it remains spacious, pristine and unchanged.

8. Although he is pure in all ways, the enlightened one doesn't think of himself as being better than, as good as or inferior to anyone else. Others are just as they are and there is no need for judgments or comparisons. He's not for or against anyone or anything. He no longer sees things in terms of good and evil, pure and impure, success and failure. He has understood the world of duality and gone beyond it. He has even gone beyond the idea of samsara and nirvana. Being beyond everything he is free from everything. No desires, no fears, no concepts, no worries.

9. Not so long ago the enlightened one was as confused and as unhappy as everyone else. So how did he get the way he is? It was simple really. He stopped looking for the cause of all his pain outside himself and began to look within. As he looked he saw that the things he identified with and clung to; body, feelings, emotions, concepts, problems; all were not his. And then he just let go. No longer entangled in the unreal he saw the real, the Unborn, the Unbecome, the Unmade, the Unconditioned. Now he abides in that empty, signless freedom and he's happy all the time. Because of this it is rather difficult to categorise the enlightened one. Others try to pigeon-hole him by calling him a saint, an arahat or even sometimes a fool. But he laughs at these labels and refers to himself as `a nobody'. How can you label someone who has transcended all boundaries?

10. Because he has completed his task and has nothing more to do the enlightened one spends most of his time sitting quietly minding his own business. To the ordinary person there may seem to be a dull sameness about the enlightened one's life. "Give me a bit of excitement, a bit of variety", they say. But of course when they get excitement or variety of the type they don't like - sickness, failure, rejection or death - then they fall into despair. That's when the enlightened one quietly steps forward to help and to heal. And because he's got plenty of time he can give himself fully to others. He touches everyone with his love.

11. He is happy to bide his time like this until the end and when death finally comes he embraces it without fear and goes his way without regret. What happens to the enlightened one after death? Scholars have argued about that for centuries. But you can't find where the enlightened one has gone anymore than you can trace the path of a bird flying free in the sky. In death as in life, the Trackless One leaves no tracks. 

I wrote this more than a decade ago. Most of it is based on passages from the Tipitaka. To see these references go to 

http://www.godwin-home-page.net/Friends/Enlightened-One/Enlightened-One.htm

2012年5月24日星期四

Meditation is a lot like cultivating a new land

Meditation is a lot like cultivating a new land. To make a field out of a forest, first you have to clear the trees and pull out the stumps. Then you till the soil and you fertilize it. Then you sow your seed and you harvest your crops. To cultivate your mind, first you have to clear out the various irritants that are in the way, pull them right out by the root so that they won't grow back. Then you fertilize. You pump energy and discipline into the mental soil. Then you sow the seed and you harvest your crops of faith, morality, mindfulness and wisdom.

Ven. Henepola Gunaratana, Mindfulness In Plain English

2012年5月21日星期一

禪修

Though one should conquer a million men in battlefield, yet he, indeed, is the noblest victor who has conquered himself.

The Dhammapada

最近跟隨法護法師學習禪修。禪修的方法是雙腿盤坐,把注意力集中在呼吸上,觀察呼吸進出鼻孔。禪修看似簡單,但其實非常困難,坐下不久,各樣的思緒就可能不斷湧現,使人無法專注。每當發現這情況,就要再把注意力放回呼吸,不可讓思緒繼續無休止的躍動。