放下

林钰堂

 

既然佛示:本来清净,本来是佛。
开悟应该不是要造作什么,而只要放掉所有的造作。

既然一切无常,就不可能说,要等什么时候才放;眼前不放就会放不掉。
所有的造作,层层盘根错节,团团环绕;何从放起?

造作由心起;心有悬念,便造作不休。
放掉造作,由念念在佛入手。

菩提等心,修行布施,服务奉献,实习放下。
心行一如,累月积年,渐渐体会,心无罣碍。

悬念消逝,自然融入,无有造作,本来清净。

 

二○一八年十一月十五日
养和斋     于加州

 

Letting Go

Yutang Lin

 

Since Dharma says, all are originally pure, and we are originally Buddhas.
Enlightenment should be not to contrive something, but only to let go of all contrivances.

Since all are impermanent, then it is impossible to say that one will wait till some set time to let go; right now, not letting go, it will become impossible to let go.

All contrivances, layer over layer, intertwined into a complex structure that surrounds one over and over, again and again; from where can one let go?

Contrivances originated from intentions; as long as intentions stay, contrivances never cease.
Letting go of all contrivances should begin with thoughts after thoughts only set on Buddha.

With Bodhi intentions that is universal to all beings, practice Dharma and giving, offer services and dedicate one’s resources and life to Dharma; thus, one put letting go into actual deeds.
Sustaining Bodhi intentions and deeds consistently, over months and years, then one will gradually experience mind free from attachments and hindrances.

As intentions dissipated, naturally arises the state free from contrivances and originally pure.

 

Written in Chinese and translated into English on November 15, 2018
El Cerrito, California

 

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