卍 懺悔與寬恕 Repentance and Forgiveness
發表於 2011 年 06 月 12 日 比丘尼恆教講於2011年5月10日星期二晚 萬佛城大殿
Bhikshuni Heng Jiao’s talk on May 10 (Tuesday evening) in the CTTB Buddha Hall
師父上人、各位法師、各位佛友：阿彌陀佛！這裡是恆教，今天和大家結法緣。今天要跟大家談的還是有關懺悔法門。 Venerable Master, Dharma Masters, and Buddhist friends: Amitabha! This is Heng Jiao, and would like to tie dharma affinity with everyone here. Today, I would like to talk about the Repentance of Dharma method.
Finding faults, recognizing faults and repenting of one’s faults are the steps of learning the Repentance of Dharma method. By following the text of repentance, we may find our own faults, after repent of our faults, and then we have to change our faults.
There is a saying, ordinary people only hear about their mistakes, the superior people make only few mistakes, and the sages have no mistake. Ordinary people can only hear about their faults but they don’t correct themselves honestly. Because superior people are able to correct themselves, so they can make only few mistakes. However, hearing about mistakes and making few mistakes are not yet the stage of sagehood yet. The sagehood requires no mistake.
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Be content with what you have;
rejoice in the way things are.
When you realize there is nothing lacking,
the whole world belongs to you.
- Tao Te Ching verse 44
☸ Same but Different!
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If our buddha nature is beyond delusion and liberation, can’t we also say that we are in essence primordially enlightened? We could possibly succeed in convincing ourselves with such a philosophical trick, but it’s not really true, because we have already strayed onto the path. If we had never fallen into confusion, we could rightfully claim to be primordially enlightened. But unfortunately it is too late to make that claim. Our precious wish-fulfilling jewel has already fallen into the stinking mud.
Primordial enlightenment means that ground and fruition are identical and there is no path of delusion to be cleared away. This is definitely different than the situation of us who have already strayed onto the path and therefore need to clear away delusion in order to reach fruition. Take the example of a myriad of jewels: some are covered with mud, some are clean. All of them are jewels, but each one is distinctly individual. Sentient beings’ minds cognize individually, so we have to say that they are separate.
This is quite a good example, to view all beings and buddhas as countless jewels, some covered with dirt, some clean. They are not identical even though they have the same qualities. If the minds of all sentient beings were one, then when one individual attains enlightenment, everybody else would be liberated at the same moment. But if you attain enlightenment it doesn’t mean that I will be enlightened. Understand it this way: although beings have similar qualities, we are not one. We have the same essence, which is empty and cognizant, but our form of manifestation is separate, distinct from that of another sentient being.
If I recognize buddha nature and attain enlightenment it doesn’t mean that another person also recognizes and attains enlightenment. Sorry about that! If beings shared both the same essence and manifestation, when one reached enlightenment everyone else would too. We are like pure gold scattered in different places: equal quality, but separate pieces. Likewise with water: the properties of water are identical, but there is water in many diverse locations in this world. Or think of space inside our different houses – the same space but with various shapes. The empty cognizance is identical, but the ‘form’ around it is distinctly individual. Some jewels were lucky, others fell in the mud.
- Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche
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Being alone means you are established firmly in the here and the now and you become aware of what is happening in the present moment.
You use your mindfulness to become aware of every feeling, every perception you have. You’re aware of what’s happening around you in the sangha, but you’re always with yourself, you don’t lose yourself.
That’s the Buddha’s definition of the ideal practice of solitude: not to be caught in the past or carried away by the future, but always to be here, body and mind united, aware of what is happening in the present moment.
That is real solitude.
Thích Nhất Hạnh
☸ Clearly Seeing the State of How Others Are
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Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche
Compassion comes from clearly seeing the state of how others are. Shifting your attention away from being concerned with merely yourself, you begin to tune into how other beings feel. Soon you realize that their aims and what they actually manage to achieve are in a total contradiction. Everyone wants to be happy and free, but the involvement pursued through thought, word and deed for the most part created future pain, future entanglement. When one really sees this clearly, the sense of compassion becomes overwhelming.
☯ Hold On to the Center
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Hold on to the center.
Man was made to sit quietly
find the truth within.
THE TAO TE CHING
☸ Perceiving Reality
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Happiness, hand in hand with suffering,
inexpressibly, is intrinsically present -
or are our minds too dull to notice?
The build-up of samsaric propensities,
primordially, is the pure dimension of being -
pity him who has not noticed!
In the field of sense organ, object and consciousness
every recollection and apperception, every flicker of the mind,
arises as the dimension of perfect enjoyment -
how can we fail to see it!
All goal-oriented conventional activity
and all chatter, gossip and laughter,
is the dimension of magical emanation -
surely we all know that! Or are we so dull?
Every impulse and stirring of the mind,
seamless, like a flowing stream,
our constant mental enchantment,
is effortless, natural meditation -
surely we can't miss that!
Looking closely at matter and energy,
and at thought, sound and form,
it is all insubstantial projection,
and this view that empties our urban samsara
has always been with us, though unseen -
surely our doors of perception are now open!
Excepts from Old Man Basking in the Sun, Longchen Rabjampa's Treasury of Natural Perfection.