天后妈祖赞 林钰堂

观音本寂现默娘,海难安渡依妈祖,
圣德母仪尊天后,信众代代传香火。

弟子杨万豪传来自身蒙 妈祖加持之经历,并附关于 妈祖信仰之简介,请我撰赞,以彰显 妈祖乃观音救苦救难之方便示现,并求护祐法脉及信众。我来自台湾,乃闽南安溪林姓,一向深敬信 妈祖,并熟知 妈祖信众之广佈及大众对 妈祖信仰之深。在林氏宗祠中,尊 妈祖为「祖姑」,因为 妈祖当年出生于林家。


                     二○○九年十二月十六日
                     养和斋     于加州



Ma Zu

Ma Zu



Praise to Ma Zu

Praise to Ma Zu


----- Original Message -----
From: Yutang Lin
To: Dharma Friends
Sent: Friday, December 18, 2009 1:39 PM
Subject: RE: 报告

Report from disciple Wang Hao and amended information regarding the belief that Ma Zu is a transformation of Guan Yin.

Detong, add the information below into the posted file.

Wang Hao,
Nice to know of this. Maybe you can print one copy of my calligraphy of the Praise to Ma Zu, and offer it to the temple.


May all beings attain Enlightenment soon!

Yutang

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From: bunhow jong
Sent: Thursday, December 17, 2009 9:32 PM
To: Yutang Lin
Subject: 报告

顶礼师佛:
昨天我们一行六人(世凤、万豪、楚辉、彦霖、翠凤与先生)在收到师佛所传来的天后赞颂后,就一块儿去到亚达街天后宫参拜,并集体在那里读了赞颂,之后还念了您的心咒21次。大家看到圣母的慈颜都心生欢喜。同时也摄了照片给您看。

祝:平安健康
弟子万豪

资料补充:

楚辉师姐说有个他们认识的西藏喇嘛说妈祖就是观音的化身,他还写了妈祖的赞颂,并找人帮他翻译成中文以方便华人弟子,有次他和仁波切还有其他喇嘛到妈祖庙参拜后,准备请一尊妈祖回西藏,据说金身送出庙时,除了仁波切一行人外,现场还有许多信众都看到了天空出现二十一团光,每团光都显出了度母,后二十一团度母光圈合一显出普陀山的南海观音像。大家不约而同的下跪哭泣,仁波切与喇嘛都相信妈祖就是观音的化身)


----- Original Message -----
From: Yutang Lin
To: Dharma Friends
Sent: Thursday, December 17, 2009 3:27 AM
Subject: FW: 请求赞颂

As requested by disciple Wang Hao below, I had composed the attached Praise to Ma Zu.Since the subject matter is not well known to westerners, so I will not translate it into English.

Detong, post it among Gan Ying category.


May all beings attain Enlightenment soon!

Yutang

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From: bunhow jong
Sent: Wednesday, December 16, 2009 8:02 AM
To: Yutang Lin
Subject: 请求赞颂

顶礼师佛:
有几件事情要和您报告。

一年前,当我还没皈依您的时候,有天晚上我做了个梦,梦中自己走到了一座神庙,这庙的格局我非常熟悉,梦里知道它就是坐落在古晋百年老街(亚达街)的妈祖庙,但奇怪的是,往庙外一看,底下的店屋不见了,变成了一片汪洋,(现实中,这庙在三楼,理应底下是店屋与马路)醒来后。觉得很有趣,但不以为意。

有次准备在该条老街带学生做户外教学,在课程正式进行的前一天,我就和同事先到老街预先考察,刚步入天后宫,就开始反胃,想吐,越靠近妈祖的金身感觉就越强烈,由于当时自己被灵骚扰,我还怪这间庙有问题。后来才想到有可能是妈祖的正气,让被灵干扰的我感到不舒服。

几个礼拜前,妈妈有天早上忽然和我分享前一天晚上到荣利师兄家共修后,所听到师兄们说的天后圣母妈祖的故事。(楚辉师姐说曾听说一个西藏喇嘛说妈祖就是观音的化身,有次他们和仁波切到妈祖庙参拜后,准备请一尊妈祖回西藏,据说金身送出庙时,除了仁波切一行人外,现场还有许多信众都看到了天空出现二十一团光,后二十一团光圈合一显出南海观音像。大家不约而同的下跪哭泣,仁波切与喇嘛都相信妈祖就是观音的化身)当时我听了这故事后,心里忽然兴起强烈的念头,想去到古晋亚达街的天后圣母庙参拜。之后载着妈妈去到亚达街,转了5,6圈始终找不到空位泊车,妈妈原本想放弃不去了,但我坚持认为这是妈祖对我们诚信的考验。最后终于找到地方停车。去到妈祖庙,我和妈妈跪在垫子上,看着妈祖的脸,两人的眼泪不受控制留下来,我想应该是领到加持。后来我还惊奇地发现到,妈祖底下就供奉着一尊观音,这不就和仁波切的说法不谋而合了吗?原来妈祖就是观音的化身。后来还想到师佛您是南海观音的化身,因此弟子更深信妈祖和我们法脉是有关系的。而且马上想起了以上和您报告的事。我纔知道能够再次和妈祖结缘不是偶然。

上个礼拜,我带着朋友郑姝仪去到妈祖庙帮她病危的妈妈祈福,同样的事情又发生了,跪在垫子上,看着妈祖的慈颜,眼泪不禁又掉了。之后让姝仪向妈祖求签以请示她妈妈的状态,求了三次都求不出来,我就叫她别求了,结果她妈妈当天傍晚就往生了(那时我还请师佛您帮她妈妈做颇瓦。)

今天是初一,我又兴起到妈祖庙的念头,于是中午时间带了爸妈,姐姐一块去了妈祖庙,进入庙后忽然又有想哭的欲望,但没上两次那么强烈。

于是我心想一定要祈请师佛您为妈祖写个赞颂,以供法脉师兄亲近妈祖。我还特地带了相机拍了神坛上的照片给您看。

请求师佛慈悲,为弟子们帮妈祖写篇赞颂,感恩


祝平安健康
弟子万豪

(在刚刚准备给您写以下这篇信件时,前头的电视出现了台湾东风卫视介绍澳门妈祖的旅游广告,自己已经很久没看电视,刚好正准备给您写信,一看就看到了该个广告,真的是非常殊胜。)

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(附上一篇网上找到的妈祖介绍)

天后,台湾称妈祖,是保护海上安全的神灵,天后生前是福建人,叫林默娘,因出生后整月都未曾啼哭而得名。十三岁时受一位道士收为弟子,能替人治病,深受乡里爱戴,二十八岁离家,登上湄洲高峰得道成仙。

从前福建沿海多是渔民,渔民每遇风浪而得天后打救,故此渔民返岸后都大兴庙宇祀奉。在台湾,据称有一千三百余座妈祖庙,香港虽逊,亦有五十余间,以庙宇名称计,是全港之冠,相信和昔日香港是渔港有关,总之,总有一间系左近。

说起天后〈妈祖〉,大家可知道,她与澳门的关系吗?据说当年葡萄牙人踏足澳门时,向当地渔民询问地名,人们指着「妈阁庙」说「妈阁、妈阁」,因为当日的澳门人都说客家话,客家人称妈祖为妈阁,现在你去澳门也可以见到一座妈阁庙的。于是,葡萄牙人就据「妈阁」这个发音来称呼这个地方,而「妈阁」就变成了今日的「Macau」了。

 

 

Praise to Heavenly Queen Ma Zu

Yutang Lin

 

Guan Yin in original silence appeared as Quiet Lady
Dangers at sea safely passed, relying on Ma Zu (Mother Ancestor)
Holy virtuous norm of females honored as Heavenly Queen
Faithful followers passing down incense offering through generations

 

Epilog

Disciple Yang Wan Hao sent email to convey his personal experiences of being blessed by the Goddess Ma Zu, and also included a brief exposition on the worship of Ma Zu, and pleaded me to compose a praise to Ma Zu to illuminate the fact that Ma Zu is actually a manifestation of Guan Yin for saving beings from hardships and dangers, and to supplicate Ma Zu′s blessing on our Dharma lineage and its followers. I was born in Taiwan, and our ancestors came from Lin family residing in An Xi, in southern part of Fu Jian, and I have deep respect and faith in Ma Zu, and am familiar with the wide-spreading of Ma Zu′s followers and the profound faith of multitudes in Ma Zu. In the Lin family temple, Ma Zu is honored as ″Ancestor Aunt″ because she was born into a Lin family.

 

Written in Chinese on December 16, 2009
El Cerrito, California

Translated into English on June 26, 2020
El Cerrito, California


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