孰轻孰重 林钰堂

无常屡催岂容缓?世间幻化一瞬别。
孰重孰轻人自择,亦步亦趋各前程。
深染尘俗未肯舍,薰习佛法即出缠?
欲达解脱莫滞迟,一心菩提方可期!

出缠或沉沦,皆长期演变渐渐形成。当由无常之觉醒而抉择自己的方向,对佛法与世间之孰重孰轻作明确之决定。一般学佛不得力,往往由于不能真正以菩提为生命之重心。


                     一九九八年九月二十日
                     养和斋    于加州



Which Is Heavy, Which Is Light?

Which Is Heavy, Which Is Light?


Which Is Heavy, Which Is Light? Yutang Lin

Impermanence is constantly pushing; how could it be delayed?
Illusions of Worldly life would cease in a blink of an eye.
Which is heavy, Which is light? It is up to each ones choice.
Pace after pace, further and further, each one walks on separate ways.
Deeply dyed in worldly ways, still reluctant to renounce;
Lightly incensed with the Dharma, already out of entanglement?
Wishing to attain emancipation, do not postpone till too late.
One mind set on Bodhi, only then could success be expected!

Comments:

Getting out of entanglement or sinking into swamps of sorrows, both are results of long-term evolution. One should choose ones direction based on the awareness of the imminence of impermanence. Which is heavy and which is light? One needs to make a clear and definite decision on choosing the Dharma or the worldly ways. Usually in the cases of those who attempt to walk in the footsteps of the Buddha and yet remain far behind, it is because they cannot sincerely set Bodhicitta as the center of their lives.


Written in Chinese: September 20, 1998
Translated: August 18, 1999
El Cerrito, California


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