一生如叶   林钰堂

 

 

从嫩芽渐长 到完全成形
再渐渐枯萎或病坏 终究凋零
人生的 生老病死
不就像一片叶子的经历

植物种类繁多
叶子也形形色色各异
人间的品类文化也是千殊万异
个人就是系于某种特色的人际树上
一片片的叶
因此也是形形色色各异

叶子离不开树 一离便化无
个人难脱人际关系之系缚
若能挣脱 却有开悟之机缘
     或得契入本来无缚之开阔

人生虽如叶 却不一定会像叶之究竟腐朽
非绝望的一生 要靠修持佛法实现

                     三日前漫步尸林时思及此喻
                     二○一四年一月九日
                     养和斋   于加州

 

Life Like a Leaf

 

Yutang Lin

 

 

From a tender shoot gradually develops
    Till fully in shape
And then gradually withers or deteriorates
    Until eventually fallen off
Isn't the birth, getting old, sick and death
    Of our human life
Similar to the transition that a leaf goes through

Plants are so rich in varieties
And leaves are of all sorts of shapes and colors
Among humans there are also all kinds of
Characters, propensities and cultural upbringings
Each individual is like a leaf dangling on
A tree of human relationships of some particular sort
And hence we are also of so many varieties

A leaf cannot leave the tree
     It will decompose into nothing if it leaves
An individual could hardly escape the grasp of human relationships
If one can escape therefrom
    Then there is the opportunity for awakening
    Perhaps one may merge into the openness
    Of originally boundless

Even though life is like a leaf
    It need not eventually decompose like a leaf
A life that is not hopeless
    Need be realized through Dharma practices

 

Three days ago while walking in the cemetery I thought of this analogy.
January 9, 2014
El Cerrito, California