香光庄严   林钰堂

 

 

正见圆融善开导,
实修履历知浅深,
法行应机摄众广,
证悟同体加持遍。
如斯上师难值遇,
常随佛学蒙薰染,
母子相忆不违远,
香光庄严达圆通。

弟子请示常随师学之益为何,因作此偈回应。成佛乃彻底之转变,不宜「闭门造车」而留滞于自以为是之中,应当常随师侧,而得以学习佛法在种种处境中之应用,因之饱经薰染,渐由形似而达神肖。

                      二○一二年八月三日
                       养和斋   于加州


 

Fragrance-Light Adornment

 

Yutang Lin

 

 

Right views all harmonized
   Skillful in providing guidance
Actually practiced personally
   Knowing the depths and shallows
Dharma activities meeting the needs of beings
   Many from far and wide have been converted
Comprehended and realized oneness of all
   Blessings reach out to all
A Guru like this is rare to be found
   One should seize the opportunity to be near
Learning in attendance one will be transformed
Like being scented or dyed through contact
Mother and child mutually remember each other
   They will not be in discord far apart
Fragrance and light adornment prevailing
   One will surely attain full enlightenment

Comments:

A disciple asked me to explain the benefits of learning from a Guru through constant attendance, and hence I wrote this Gatha in reply. Becoming a Buddha is a process of complete transformation, and hence it is not suitable to "construct a vehicle within closed doors" and thereby stay stagnant within one's own understanding of what is right. One should follow the Guru constantly in attendance, and thereby gain the opportunities to learn how to apply Dharma properly in all kinds of situations. Thus one may become fully saturated in knowing how to properly conduct Dharma practices and activities, and then gradually transform from resemblance to Guru in appearance to kindred in spirit.

Written in Chinese and translated on August 3, 2012
El Cerrito, California