心气合一的念佛妙法

林钰堂

一、前言

净土宗的古德传下一个「心气合一」的念佛方法,就是一边念佛,一边注意呼吸;这样很容易达到「一心念佛」的效果。密宗的修行,基于「心气不二」的教授,也是由调心与调气,而要达到「心气合一」。但是密宗的修法,需要深入专修,才行,不是一般人做得到的。本文所介绍的方法,是基于净土宗原有的方法,再加上简化的密宗观想,以供一般学佛者应用,而迅速地达到「自净其意」的效果。这个修法包含了深呼吸,对健康也有益,堪称为「一举数得」的妙法。愿念佛大众辗转相传此法,普蒙法益。

二、本法

于空气新鲜处,或坐或立。心中平缓绵绵默念「阿弥陀佛」。观想全宇宙的空气,皆蒙阿弥陀佛转化为智慧及慈悲的白光。闭着嘴,以鼻缓缓吸气入小腹。观想此光入体后,遍布全身。闭气片刻。缓缓以鼻呼气,同时观自身所有病苦、业障、烦恼皆化为恶臭黑气而出。此等黑气在阿弥陀佛的光明里,都被无限的佛力转净了。

重复上述之呼吸及观想。想自身愈来愈充满佛的光明,原有的业障、烦恼愈来愈少。修最后一次呼吸时,想全身清凉、畅快、光明,而业障、烦恼已完全除去。然后,合掌感谢阿弥陀佛的加被,并祈愿众生同享此恩。

初修可连续修十五分钟。修久以后,可渐渐延长。

闭气的时间,随其自然增加,不可勉强。

 

一九九○年九月十九日 
于美国加州爱尔舍利多市寓所

 


Unification of Mind and Wind
A wonderful method of chanting Amitabha

Written in Chinese by Dr. Yutang Lin
translated by Chun-Jane Chen
edited by Anne Klein

I. Introduction

The ancient sages of the Pureland School passed down a method of chanting "Amitabha," which combines the mind and the wind (breathing), that is, chanting while concentrating on breathing. This method enables one to achieve single-mindedness while chanting "Amitabha." The practice of Buddhist Tantra is based on the teaching of the undifferentiability of mind and wind; therefore, they aim at achieving the unification of mind and wind through mental and/or breathing training. However, the practice of Tantra requires devoted and intensive engagement, and hence, it is not within the reach of everyone.

In this article, I would like to introduce a method which is based on the original practice of the Pureland School, but enriched with a simplified tantric visualization for ordinary Buddhists to practice. Thereby, we may soon achieve the goal of purifying one's own mind. This method consists of deep breathing; therefore, it is also beneficial to one's health. It is indeed a wonderful practice, having many merits. I would hope that Buddhists who engage in this practice of chanting "Amitabha" will spread this method to others so they can share the benefits.


II. the Practice

Sit or stand in a place with fresh air; chant "Amitabha" silently, slowly and continuously. Visualize the air of the entire universe being transformed into the white light of wisdom and compassion by Amitabha Buddha. Close your mouth, and slowly inhale the air through the nostrils to the abdomen; visualize that after the light has entered, it fills your entire body. Hold the breath for a few moments. Slowly exhale through your nostrils, simultaneously visualizing that all your sickness, karmic hindrances and sorrows are transformed into black, foul-smelling air, leaving through the nostrils. This black air is then purified by Amitabha's light of limitless Buddha power.

Keep repeating the above breathing and visualization. Visualize your body continuously being filled with Amitabha's light, and your karmic hindrances and sorrows being reduced more and more. During the last round of practice, think of your entire body as cool, fresh and bright, with all your karmic hindrances and sorrows eradicated. Then, fold your palms together, thank Amitabha Buddha for the blessing, and pray for all sentient beings to receive this grace.

Beginners should practice continuously for fifteen minutes or less; later on, the session may be gradually prolonged. The period of breath holding should be increased naturally and non-forcefully.


September 19, 1990
El Cerrito, California, U.S.A.


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