当下 林钰堂

止于当下无所措,菩提引领方畅通;
过去未来非截断,三世同在真契融。

学佛者或强调「当下」,令一般人因为不知「只住于当下要如何举止」,而难以接受。要回归当下之直接整体经验,还是要仰赖菩提行愿为方针来引领,才可能由烦恼丛中解脱出来。

强调「当下」也可能偏差到否定过去及未来,并造成只限于眼前之安于一时。当下并非观念所界定之一刹那,而是包含连续不断、无以分开的过去、现在及未来,并且不为「过、现、未」之观念所限,直接超越时间及空间的观念架构,而回复本来无限之一体。


                     二○○二年十月二十日
                     养和斋    于加州


Now Yutang Lin

Staying in the present, not knowing what to do;
Only when guided by Bodhi will it go through.
Past and Future are not periods we can cut off;
Concurrence of all periods is harmony realized.

Comment:

Some Buddhists would emphasize "Now." However, due to lack of understanding of what to do if one were to stay in the present, it is usually very difficult for common people to accept this. In order to return to direct experiences of the totality at the present, ordinary people still need to rely on aspirations and activities that are guided by Bodhi so as to gradually escape from the bushes of sorrows.

Emphases on "Now" could go to the extreme of denying Past and Future, and becoming complacent with staying in the transient rest and peace of a brief moment. Now is not an instant as set apart and defined by concepts, rather it contains the continuous and uninterruptible Past, Present and Future. Furthermore, it cannot be limited by the concepts of past, present and future, but directly transcends the framework of Time and Space, and returns to the original limitless-oneness.


Written in Chinese on October 20, 2002
Translated on October 30, 2002
El Cerrito, California


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