菩萨境界   林钰堂 

 

 

数十年来每日背诵的〈心经〉
近来才醒悟
其中明明宣示
菩萨的境界是
心无罣碍
远离颠倒梦想
  (至于「究竟涅槃」乃佛陀之证入
   非吾等凡夫一时所能企及
   故且不论)

由此可见一再地说法及诵经
有其必要
当年玄奘法师想略去《大般若经》内之重复
韦驮菩萨教示他
众生会在读到哪一段时得悟
是不一定的
因此不宜省略

至于悟入菩萨境界
还是要靠行者自己的反省及醒觉
因为别人劝起来
总是难免沦为「争执」的样子

振振有词的时候
在法理及事理上也没人能说你错
但是这样的心态
是菩萨的「心无罣碍」吗

解脱不是在「谁对谁错」之内
而是超越了
不再为之所限
所以看到这样也好 那样也好
都可以
故谓之「普贤」

种种的见解
都难免有看不完全的偏颇
所以在菩萨看来
都属「颠倒梦想」
行者若能远离
才可望回复「本来清净」的
单纯心地与直接体验

能不能放下道理与评论
就只待行者的醒觉了
否则一辈子都是你对
奈何做不到「心无罣碍」
就进不了菩萨境界
岂非太可惜了

      日前在说法中曾提及此,但也不知听者及将来读笔录者能否悟入,
      所以再写此篇,希望增加行者悟入菩萨境界之机缘。

                    二○一五年七月十一日
                    养和斋    于加州

 

 

State of a Bodhisattva

Yutang Lin

 

For decades daily I recite from memory the Heart Sutra
Only recently I came to realize that
It is clearly pronounced therein that
The state of a Bodhisattva is such that
Mind has no attachment
Far away from perversive delusions
        (As to "realization of Nirvana" which is the attainment of Buddhas
         Not what we worldlings can expect to get near soon
         Hence not alluded further here)

Thus it is clear that repeatedly reciting Sutras and explaining Dharma teachings
Are needed and necessary
While the Grand Master Xuan Zang was pondering over omitting multiple repetitions
        in the Maha Prajnaparamita Sutra
Bodhisattva Wei Tuo taught him that
Whichever passage upon reading it a sentient being will gain insight is not certain
And hence it is not suitable to omit the repetitions

As to awakening into the state of Bodhisattva
It ultimately depends on a practitioner's own self-reflection and awakening
This is because whenever others are offering advices
It is hardly avoidable that it will deteriorate into the semblance of "arguing"

When one righteously puts forward one's reasons
Even though according to all reasoning no one can say that you are mistaken
Nevertheless, this kind of state of mind
Is it the "mind has no attachment" of a Bodhisattva

Liberation is not within the sphere of "who's right and who's wrong"
But a transcendence
No longer limited thereby
And hence one sees that this way is fine and that way is also fine
All are acceptable
Thus it is called "universal goodness" (or "Great Perfection")

All sorts of views
Can hardly avoid partiality due to a lack of panoramic sight
Hence to a Bodhisattva they are all
"Perversive delusions"
Only when a practitioner can stay far away from them
Can it be expected that the innocence of mind
And direct experiences of "original purity" will re-emerge

Whether one can renounce reasoning and criticism
It all depends on a practitioner's own awakening
Otherwise, all one's life one sustains that one is correct
And yet one could not realize "mind has no attachment"
Consequently, one cannot enter the state of a Bodhisattva
Wouldn't that be a real pity

 

Comments:

Days ago I mentioned this point in a talk I gave in Taipei, Taiwan. But I don't know if the audience or readers who will read the transcript could comprehend it. Hence, I wrote this article with the hope that it will increase opportunities for Dharma practitioners to awaken into the state of a Bodhisattva.

 

Written in Chinese and translated on July 11, 2015
El Cerrito, California

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