半个包子   林钰堂

 

 

陈上师常用的比喻
有人要吃三个半包子才饱
但是吃那么多很花时间
     又费力
他就想说
每次都是吃了最后半个包子就饱
那我只要吃那半个就好了

修法的体系中
有所谓的「高法」、「前行」
前行是先修的预备功课
高法是在具备一些修法的基础上
才能进修的

修行的人
若不实践前行
就想直接修高法
        以求早点成就
就像那位希望只吃最后半个包子
即得一饱的人


 

                     二○一一年八月十日
                                                                                 养和斋   于加州


 

Half a Meat-bun

 

Yutang Lin

 

Guru Chen used to mention this analogy
Someone's hunger will be satisfied
Only after three and half a meat-bun have been eaten
But it takes so much time and energy to consume these
So he thinks that
Every time he was satisfied right after he had finished
The last half a meat-bun
So it will be enough for him to eat only that half a meat-bun

Among the system of Dharma practices
There are so-called "advanced practices" and "preliminary practices"
The preliminary ones are practices that one should do
       Before one can go on with some subsequent ones
The advanced ones are practices that can be adopted
       Only after some foundational ones have been completed

For a Dharma practitioner
If the preliminary practices have not been put into deeds
And yet advanced ones are already directly taken up
       So as to seek earlier and sooner attainment
That would be similar to the person
Who wished to satisfy hunger by
       Eating only the last half of a meat-bun


Written in Chinese and translated on August 10, 2011
El Cerrito, California

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