和盘托出 林钰堂

诸佛正法总源头,和盘托出畅慈怀;
任垂一语皆根柢,但奉四句即开悟。

金刚经》详释根本佛理,而直指此中所陈即一切诸佛及正法之根源。于和盘托出之际,随示一语往往即修行者可以终身奉行之总持准则。经中十余处「三段论法」之例,将一切世法及佛法之实执、相障皆扫尽,而归诸无住心之妙用名相。若能于此等例中,领悟法理,便即开悟。因此经中自言,乃至信受奉行四句偈,其福德皆不可思议,其果报亦不可思议。


                     二○○三年二月三日
                     养和斋   于加州


Complete Revelation Yutang Lin

Pouring the fountain of all Buddhas and right teachings,
In complete revelation the compassionate mind rejoices.
Whatever taught by Buddha in this Sutra is fundamental;
Just by observing a four-sentence gatha will one awaken.

Comment:

The Diamond Sutra fully explains fundamental principles of Buddhism in details. It directly points out that its contents constitute the fountain of all Buddhas and their right teachings. During the course of such a complete revelation it is often the case that a statement made somewhere therein could indeed serve as a principle for a practitioner to abide by all through life. In the Sutra there are twenty-seven occurrences of "three-step arguments" that serve to completely wipe out grasping as real any worldly matter or Buddhists teaching and conceptual hindrances therefrom, and conclude in wondrous application of names and labels born of a mind free from attachments and preconceptions. If one could comprehend the principles through one of such examples, one would immediately comprehend awakening. Therefore, in the Sutra it is said that en just by receiving in good faith and abiding by in practice a gatha of four sentences, the resulting meritorious virtues are inconceivable and the fruitful consequences are likewise inconceivable.


Written in Chinese on February 3, 2003
Translated on February 7, 2003
El Cerrito, California


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