开食偈
Starting Meals Gatha

林钰堂上师
Guru Yutang Lin

 

为求一切众生早日成佛,供此饮食于诸佛;
为助一切众生早日成佛,受此饮食于一身。

 

我期望此偈,供每餐前念诵,能提醒做为佛弟子的我们,此生的目标为何。

二○一八年十月二十日
养和斋    于加州

 

作此偈以来,每日念诵多次,以达娴熟。今晨起身前,忽然领悟,偈中并无特定指称,因此在持诵之际可以观想为遍及全法界所有众生之饮食,而令所有众生皆普领佛之甘露,并同享菩提发心之功德。

由此可知,一旦出脱「我」的观念之局限,便自然有遍及全法界之眼光及心胸,而此亦即佛之境界。

 

 

To beseech sooner attainment of full enlightenment for all beings, this meal is offered to all Buddhas;
To enable sooner attainment of full enlightenment for all beings, this meal is consumed into one body.

 

I hope that this Gatha, to be recited before meals, would remind us our goal in life as Buddhists.

October 20, 2018
El Cerrito, California

 

Since I composed this Gatha, daily I recited it many times so as to attain familiarity with its recitation. This morning right before I got up, suddenly I realized that there are no particular references in this Gatha, and hence, while reciting it one may visualize its application to all meals for all sentient beings in the whole Dharmadhatu; thereby, all beings will all equally receive the blessing nectars from all Buddhas, and also, all share the merits of Bodhi aspiration.

Thus, we see that, once freed from the limited confinement of the concept of a ″self″, one will naturally attain the vintage and mind which is all-encompassing over the whole Dharmadhatu, and this is indeed the realm and state of Buddhas.

 

October 24, 2018
El Cerrito, California

 


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