普悲   林钰堂

 

 

佛法的修行
离不开对世间的观察与瞭解
从而体认
无常、世间苦聚
随之谋求解脱之道
进而学佛修行
以便自渡渡他

不管多么精进
修持多长岁月
心中若缺乏真正对世间一般有情
的悲悯与救脱的慈愿
只成了个人的偏好
长养不来菩提心
也因之不能趋近正觉

无以言喻
瀰漫一切时与地
了然众生的苦与无可奈何
无从挣脱的循环交相迫害
而不忘以佛法的行持与弘扬
来延续无尽的救护
这样的普悲胸怀
才是真正的菩提明灯

佛子啊
将这样的灯火在你心中燃起吧

                     二○一二年三月八日
                     养和斋   于加州

 


Universal Compassion

 

Yutang Lin

 

 

Dharma practices and activities
Cannot be disassociated from observation on and understanding of the world
Thereby one gains realization and appreciation of the truths of
Impermanence and accumulation of sufferings in the worldly existence
Consequently, one seeks paths of ultimate emancipation
And learns to practice the Buddha Dharma
So as to free oneself as well as all other beings from such endless suffering

No matter how diligently one engages in Dharma practices
And has sustained such efforts for how many months and years
If in the mind there is lacking of genuine compassion and merciful will
To save all ordinary sentient beings in the world
All those efforts and activities are simply deeds of personal idiosyncrasy
That could not cultivate Bodhicitta
And consequently would not bring one closer to the right awakening

Beyond words and expressions
Permeating everywhere all the time
Fully aware of sufferings of beings and their lack of free choices
And their inevitable engulfment in the cycling of mutual oppressions
And yet never forget to apply Dharma activities and propagations
To sustain and spread the endless and boundless salvation
Only such kind of universal compassion is
The genuine brilliant lamp of Bodhicitta

Sons and daughters of Buddha Dharma
Let this kind of lamp fire be lighted in your mind

 

Written in Chinese and translated on March 8, 2012
El Cerrito, California