沉浸   林钰堂

 

 

旁观者与局内人的觉受有异
浅尝与沉浸之后 自是不同

随着年岁的增长
渐渐发觉喜欢乐器的奏鸣
  胜于声乐

请弟子寄来一些中国古乐的奏鸣曲
一片音碟
以不断任选的方式播放
听了许多时日 方才换片
这样累月经年
才听出古筝的琴音较古琴柔和
  (恕我愚钝)

今年的生日
有弟子寄赠郎世宁十骏犬的仿作
虽不及原作之金碧辉煌及细致
挂在室内却也增添雅兴
依然不急于一时遍览
一次只挂出一犬
过了数周才再换一犬
并且上网与原作稍加比较
在轻松的心态中真正享受了

「沉」是深入 「浸」是长久安住其中
佛法的修持
难为旁观者所了解
只有亲为者能体会其助益
更需深入 才能深深体会其功效
若能长久安住其中 便有望普济一切有情
发菩提心者 其勉乎


                     二○一四年三月三十日
                     养和斋    于加州

 

 

Sank and Soaked

 

Yutang Lin

 

 

Bystanders and insiders certainly experience differently
Shallow tasting and after sank and soaked
Naturally are not the same

As my age advanced
Gradually realized that I prefer instrumental melodies
    To vocal ones
Asked disciples to send me some instrumental melodies of classic Chinese style
One disk played in random and continuous mode
Listened to for days on end
Only then switched to another disk
Thus after months and years
Only then realized that sounds of Guzheng are milder than those of Guqin
     (Excuse me for such slow comprehension)

For birthday this year
A disciple sent imitation art works of the paintings on ten super dogs by Lang Shining
Even though it is not as lustrous and refined as the originals
Hanging on the wall does enhance a refined atmosphere in the room
Still I am in no hurry to view them all at once
Only one scroll is displayed at one time
After several weeks and then another dog is switched on
Furthermore I go on-line to compare it with the original posted
In leisure it is thus truly enjoyed

"Sank" means entered deeply
"Soaked" means abiding therein for long
Dharma practices and activities are
Hard to be appreciated by onlookers
Only through personal involvement can their benefits be appreciated
And it takes "sank in" to truly comprehend their effects
    If one can "soak in" on end
Then one might be able to benefit all sentient beings
Whoever has developed Bodhicitta
    Shouldn't you strive for this

 

Note: Lang Shining is the Chinese name for Jesuit painter Giuseppe Castiglione.
Written in Chinese and translated on March 30, 2014
El Cerrito, California