修忏正途   林钰堂

 

 

弟子自述
以往修忏 细检己过
修到心情不畅 精神消沉
因此改为只诵经文

如此修忏
只重己过 自缚加深
心不得开 故而难受
改诵经文 趋近本净 便无过患

一切修法
皆应不离菩提大心
修忏反省 做为引子
藉此一端 了悟众生 尚在愚迷 皆易同犯
忏悔一事 普及众生 已犯正犯将犯 皆求消净
如斯修忏
心量无限 罪业易消
愈修愈觉清净 开阔 安宁

故知尚未通达法理者
修法极需依止明师
一蒙指示正念正途
往往事半功倍
更可省走多少冤枉歧途

                     二○一二年三月十一日
                     观音圣诞
                     养和斋    于加州


Correct Way to Repent

 

Yutang Lin

 

 

A disciple told me that
When she practiced repentance in the past
   She reflected into all minor offends she committed
Consequently she felt ill at ease and spirit down
Therefore she changed to reciting Sutras only

Practicing repentance like that
Emphasis was on finding one's faults
   And thereby deepened self-entanglement
Mind could not be opened up
   So it felt difficult to sustain the efforts
When changed to recitation of Sutras
It was approaching to original purity in our activities
   So there were no undesirable side-effects

Any and all Dharma practices should not
Be separated from the Great Bodhicitta
Reflecting on one's misdeeds in repentance practices
Serves only as a leading trigger
To ignite comprehension of facts about all sentient beings
While submerged in delusions born of ignorance
They are all likely to commit the same folly and sins
Repenting on one personal matter
Should be universalized to include all beings of the same offense
Whether it had been committed, is being committed or will be committed
May all such sins and misdeeds be fully eradicated
Repenting in this way
Mind is boundless, and so sinful karmas can easily be cleansed
The more one practices thus, the more one feels
Purified, opened up and tranquilized

So it seems that, for novices who have not comprehended well
The theoretical aspects of Dharma practices
To engage in Dharma practices they indeed need
To rely on the guidance of an experienced master
Once the right views and correct paths are pointed out
Often they can reach attainment through less efforts
And avoid wasting energies on unnecessary digressions

 

Written in Chinese and translated on March 11, 2012
Lunar February 19, Guan Yin's Birthday

El Cerrito, California