整体的运作  林钰堂

 

 

密宗修本尊的观想中,教说要将全法界一切佛、菩萨的智悲、功德都收入本尊;这样的观想,照一般的想法,好像私心很重;是不是与「无我」的教示矛盾了?

从本尊观的仪轨整体来看,从皈依、发心、观空,到观本尊,都是为一切众生的;并且在观空时已将对一切事物的执取放捨了。本尊是从空性中生起的,毫无「自我」。

本尊观中的上供下施及种种作为也全是普益一切众生的。本尊与全法界是一体的,因此其智悲及功德与一切佛、菩萨的智悲及功德是无二的。所以,观本尊收入一切佛、菩萨的智悲、功德乃是理应如此。

因为本尊由空性生起,与全法界是一体,所以,本尊观中的所有运作,都是全法界「整体的运作」。只是因为本尊观为在行者个体的位置出现,所以难免宿来的习气引起「自私」的误解。

希望此篇能导正修习「本尊观」的行者心态,使真实行者早契本尊的证悟。

 

二○一七年十一月十八日
养和斋     于加州


 

 

Activities Born of Totality

Yutang Lin

 

In the rituals for practicing Yidam visualization in Tantric Dharma it is taught that all Wisdom, Compassion and Merits of all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas in the whole Dharmadhatu are to be gathered into the Yidam; such visualization, from the ordinary point of view, seems to be rather ″selfish″—is it or is it not in contradiction to the teachings on ″non-self″?

When rituals on Yidam visualization are studied on the whole, from refuge, development of Bodhicitta, visualization on Blank Essence, to visualization on Yidam, all are performed for all sentient beings’ sake; furthermore, during visualization on Blank Essence grasping to all things and matters had been renounced. Yidam arises from within Blank Essence, and hence it is completely devoid of ″self″.

Within visualization on Yidam, making offerings to all holy beings, almsgiving to all sentient beings, and various other activities are all for universally benefitting all sentient beings. Yidam and the whole Dharmadhatu are in oneness, and hence His Wisdom, Compassion and Merits are none other than the Wisdom, Compassion and Merits of all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Therefore, visualization on Yidam gathering the Wisdom, Compassion and Merits of all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas is definitely a matter of propriety.

Since Yidam arises from within Blank Essence, and is in oneness with the whole Dharmadhatu, and hence, all activities, performed during visualization on Yidam, are ″activities born of totality (of the whole Dharmadhatu). ″ Only due to the fact that Yidam is visualized as appearing at the same position as the practitioner’s body, that it is hardly avoidable that one’s habitual tendencies led one to the misunderstanding that the activities are ″self-centered″.

May this essay shed lights on correct mentalities for practitioners of Yidam visualizations so that genuine practitioners will attain oneness with Yidam sooner!

 

Written in Chinese and translated into English on November 18, 2017
El Cerrito, California


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