无智亦无得

林钰堂

〈心经〉阐示空性,说:无智亦无得。足见证悟并无所得,亦无关智愚,而只是彻悟本来无限之开朗。

不明此理者,学佛也是存心有所求,期盼有所得。不管如何投入,其行止皆不离其对所求、所得之评估。换言之,还是在「着相、我执」的范围内绕圈子。

成佛只是回归本来的纯净与无限开阔。而此种回归本净的根本障碍也只是认不清「我执」在作祟,却反为小我之见解及偏私所限、所误导。

希望学佛而实修者皆能认清这些佛理,而不误入歧途,并能在觉道上迈进!

二○一八年四月九日 
养和斋   于加州

 

Neither Wisdom nor Gain

Yutang Lin

 

Expounding on Blank Essence, the ″Heart Sutra″ states, ″neither wisdom nor gain″. Thus, the Sutra clearly indicates that Enlightenment is not gaining something, and also that it has nothing to do with the distinction of being wise or ignorant, but only a thorough comprehension of openness that is originally boundless.

Some Buddhists fail to comprehend this essential point, and hence they practice toward enlightenment with certain intentions and expecting some gains. No matter how devoted they are to the Dharma practices and activities, their actions and inactions do not go beyond their evaluation on their intentions and gains. In other words, they simply circle around in the sphere of their own ″grasping to forms and self″.

Full Enlightenment is simply resuming original purity in boundless openness. And the fundamental hindrance to such resuming of original purity is nothing but one′s failure to recognize clearly that it is the mischievous functioning of personal grasping to ″self″, and yet, instead, one becomes being limited and misled by prejudices and partiality of one′s ″self″.

May Buddhists who engage in ardent Dharma practices all recognize clearly these Dharma principles, and thereby refrain from going astray but, instead, advance smoothly on the right path toward Full Enlightenment!

 

Written in Chinese and translated into English on April 9, 2018
El Cerrito, California

 

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