长养菩提心   林钰堂

 

 

一个人即使很早便能全心全力投入修行
并且精勤努力,又活得长久
一生能做到的毕竟很有限
所以要有成就是很难的
更不容易企及广渡有缘的众生
除非能掌握佛法一切修持的枢纽
愿一切众生早日成佛的菩提心
才可望契入一切佛法圣众的无尽慈悲
而在超越思议中奇妙地达到证悟与渡众

长养菩提心的主要障碍
一是私心自限
  放不下对与己有关的一小范围的人与事的关怀
一是心眼狭窄
  老是计较高低说长道短偏爱憎恨羡嫉轻蔑
因而无从安心于菩提大业上
这些恶习 除非自愿放舍 无以根除
真挚行者应自行觉悟而修习放舍

若能再致力于随缘尽力
修习对众生的供养承事礼敬关怀帮助随喜
以渐引入佛法之研习
则菩提心之茁长
必会顺畅而可期

                     二○一四年一月卅一日
                     马年元旦                     养和斋    于加州

                     

 

 

Cultivating Bodhicitta

 

Yutang Lin

 

 

For a person even if he can start very early in life
To engage whole-heartedly and full-time-wise in Dharma practices
And remain diligently exerting all his efforts and live a long life
What he can accomplish will ultimately still be rather limited
Therefore it is very difficult to attain accomplishments
And even more difficult to realize widely converting sentient beings that one runs into
Unless one can grasp the key to all Dharma practices
     The Bodhicitta wishing all sentient beings to attain enlightenment soon
Only then could one be expected to merge into the boundless compassion of all holy ones
And thereby inconceivably and miraculously attain realizations and salvation of beings

As main hindrances to cultivation of Bodhicitta
One is self-limitation by self-centeredness
     One cannot let go of caring for persons and matters of a small sphere that is related to oneself
One is narrow-and-shallow-mindedness
     Always comparing high and low, speaking about others' ups and downs, being partial and antagonistic,
     envious and contemptuous
Consequently one cannot settle one's mind on the great mission of Bodhi
Sincere Dharma practitioners should realize this point and practice their renunciation

If one can further, whenever opportunities arise, exert all one's efforts on
     Cultivation of making offerings and attending to, showing respects to, caring for,
     helping with and rejoicing in the good deeds and merits of sentient beings
     so as to gradually lead them into study and practice of Dharma teachings
Then the growth of one's Bodhicitta will definitely be smooth and can be expected

 

January 31, 2014
Chinese New Year, Year of Horse
El Cerrito, California