层层无尽 林钰堂

一法详究具四层,串连环扣若弹簧;
即此推穷至无尽,内外俱广融有空。

日前梦中蒙示一圆盒,由完全一样的四套盒盖、盒底套成。然后此四组盒盖、盒底又转变成环扣的一长串,而有很多层次,可以伸展、缩合,有如弹簧。陈上师常教示,一切事、法皆有外、内、密、密密四层,依次分别为其物理、心理、心物融通以及空性之层面。(圆盒四层即表此义。)而此四层又彼此紧密相关联,不可分割。四层之分只是大略为之;细究则可有更多层次。(环扣长串即表此义。)

依此教示,则一事、物之内,可推广至无限之蕴含,有如所谓「一沙一世界」。而任一事、物与全法界亦为同体相关,而有无限开展之外在关联。如此,内外俱开展至无限,而个位之我亦消逝于此无限中矣。层层无尽、无断之无限一体,即真空妙有圆融之本净。

                     一九九九年二月十八日
                     养和斋    于加州


Layers over Layers without End Yutang Lin

Carefully studied one thing would yield four layers,
Connected in series with elastic link like a spring.
Deducing from this ad infinitum on layers over layers,
Inner and outer space both open to merge all into oneness.

Comment:

The other day in a dream I was shown a round box consisting of four layers of identical tops and bottoms. Then the four sets transformed into a long series of rings linked together elastically resembling a spring. Guru Chen used to teach that any thing or event has the four layers that may be classified as outer, inner, secret and the most secret. These layers correspond respectively to the physical, psychical, union of physical and psychical, and Sunyata levels of our experiences. (The four layers of the round box signify this point.) Furthermore, these four levels are intimately interconnected and inseparable. The distinction into four levels is only a general classification; when studied in details there could be even more levels. (The long series of rings elastically linked together signifies this point.)

According to this teaching, within anything there is infinite content, just as the saying that one granule of sand is one universe in itself. On the other hand, anything is also part of the oneness that is the whole Dharmadhatu, and therefore has infinite outer connections. In this way, both inner and outer extension of anything is limitless. Thus its individuality would be lost in such infinity. The continuous and limitless sequence of infinite layers is the original purity in perfect harmony of existence and Sunyata.

Written in Chinese: February 18, 1999
Translated: September 10, 1999
El Cerrito, California


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