单纯匪易

林钰堂

郑板桥说,「难得糊涂」。在世间磨炼久了,才有可能渐渐领悟:精明计较,不一定有益;得过且过,反而较易融通。换言之,迷糊者不见得就是傻,却可能是饱经世故的智慧表现。

佛法的修行,学佛者都熟知「无常」、「无执」、「回归本来清净」这些原理。然而在实际的修持中,却往往拘泥于个人所理解的佛法范围内,只忙于「闭门造车」,而不能醒悟自身的作为早已远离「无常、无执、回归本净」。

这种「难以自拔」的困境,主要是因为人心都已习于复杂了;不但放不下,反而罗织不已。所以我提出:「单纯匪易」,希望能提醒佛法的修行者:单纯的心地及作为才顺乎佛法的原理;不要被复杂的习气局限了!

 

二○一八年二月八日
养和斋   于加州

 

Pure and Simple Not Easy

Yutang Lin

 

Zheng Ban Qiao of Qing Dynasty said, ″muddled-headed rare″. Having been polished for long time in worldly affairs, only then could one gradually comprehend that keen in haggling over minor details need not bring benefits, while overlooking here and there might prove a smoother and passable approach in dealing with matters. In other words, people who overlook some details need not be foolish but could be displaying wisdom born of accumulated experiences in worldly matters.

As to Dharma practices, Dharma practitioners all know well the fundamental principles of ″impermanence″, ″no attachment″, and ″returning to original purity″. Nevertheless, in actual practices and deeds Dharma practitioners often are confined by the scope of Dharma as they comprehend it to be; consequently, they are merely preoccupied with ″building a cart indoors″ (a Chinese proverb, meaning to do things according to one’s imagination without taking into consideration conditions in reality) without realizing that their behaviors are already far off from ″impermanence, no attachment, and returning to original purity″.

This kind of ″difficult to self-extract from″ predicament, is mainly due to the fact that people′s minds are accustomed to being complicated; not only can they not let go of grasping but also, they keep on weaving notions incessantly. Hence, I indicate that ″Pure and Simple not easy″, with the hope that this motto could remind Dharma practitioners that only being pure and simple in mind and actions is in accord with fundamental principles of Dharma; don′t be confined by your habitual complicated ways!

 

Written in Chinese and translated into English on February 8, 2018
El Cerrito, California

 

 

 

 

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