求法   林钰堂

强盗问商旅
要钱要命
  提醒本末之轻重
  以便刼财而不需害命

密勒以身语意三业供师
  表示唯命是从的依止
而求师供衣食并及传法
麻巴上师却说
得衣食或得传授
任择其一而不可兼得也
  隐喻若非重法重于衣食
    则不能得法矣

佛法的鹄的在于
证入法身的整体
求法者若存念于法界之任一点
即无以证入整体矣
故此 欲成证德
必以法为先为重
  而不顾其余

年十一月二十日
养和斋     于加州


 


Seeking Dharma

Yutang Lin

Robber asks traveling merchants
Want money or want life
Reminding them the weights of root versus branches
        So that they can rob goods without harming lives

Milarepa offered his body, speech and mind to Guru
        Meaning to take refuge with absolute obedience
And then asked for help in sustenance and Dharma teachings
Yet Guru Marpa replied
Either sustenance or teachings will be provided
You may choose one but cannot get both
        Suggesting that unless one puts Dharma above food and clothing
        Then one cannot receive the real teachings

The goal of Dharma is at
Attaining the totality of Dharmakaya
A Dharma seeker who sets mind at any one point of the Dharmadhatu
Will not be able to merge into the whole totality
Therefore, to accomplish full enlightenment
One must put Dharma as foremost priority
        And disregard all the rest

 

Written in Chinese and translated on November 20, 2010
El Cerrito, California


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