别人的死   林钰堂

 

 

一般习以为常
事不关己 漠然以对
即使听闻别人的死
最多也只是一两声惊叹
就又照常过日子

虽是别人的死
但其种类繁多
其实是在提醒我们
自己难逃其中

太多意外身亡
或英年早逝
生离死别往往只在转瞬之间
要么现在就开始作想作、应作的事
若以为可待将来
难免终究只存妄想

如果不立即反省人生
依旧得过且过
那么所谓「人生」不过是
迷迷糊糊地生
妄想焦虑地活
懞懞懂懂地死

要感恩别人的死
让我们多一个醒悟的机缘
而努力设法将身心都转移到
投入佛法的学习和修行
终究可以将一生升华为自渡渡他的慈悲之旅
 

 

                    昨日得弟子净行英年早逝
                    之讯,有感而作。
                    二一一年十一月廿四日
                    感恩节
                    养和斋     于加州

                     


 

Death of Someone Else

 

Yutang Lin

 

Usually we are quite used to
Facing matters irrelevant to oneself in a careless manner
Even upon learning the death of someone else
At most one or two exclamations uttered
Then back to life as usual

Even though such deaths are someone else's
But their ways and kinds are so various and multiple
Indeed they are wakening calls to remind us that
None of us could escape from being one among them

Too many deaths accidental and sudden
Or took places right in the prime of life
Departure between living and dead ones often takes place at a blink
Either one starts right away to do things that one would or should be doing
Or, if one fancies that things could be procrastinated for the future
Then it is hardly avoidable that eventually only delusions sustained

If one does not immediately start to reflect on life itself
Still remains in the habit of passing days as they are passable
Then the so-called "human life" is nothing but
Unknowingly born
Delusively and anxiously lived, and
Ignorantly died

Be thankful to learning of others' deaths
They allow us to have more opportunities to attain awakening
And causing us to redirect our body and mind toward
Endeavoring to learn and practice the precious Dharma
Thus, eventually we would sublimate this human existence into
A compassionate journey providing salvation to ourselves and all others


Yesterday I received the news that disciple Jing Xing (Pure Conduct) passed away at a
prime age; upon reflection I wrote this one this morning.

Written in Chinese and translated on November 24, 2011
The Thanksgiving Day
El Cerrito, California