回归空性  林钰堂

 

 

在佛法的仪轨里,先要皈依、发菩提心,然后就要「观空」——观想一切回归空性。所谓「回归空性」并不是要行者否认直接经验的内容,而是说,要将心中所有的观念、见解都抛开,因为任何观念、见解都是个人意识附加的,与直接经验有误差,并且对直接体验有干扰。

例如,一般人都有「自己的身体」的观念,而这个观念对生理的自然运行,其实是不需要的存在,反而是增加紧张的根源。要完全恢复自然的松弛,就要先能抛开这个观念。

在佛法的仪轨里,「观空」之后,接着就说要「观想」从空性里出现一些现象。一般行者都还带着「自己的身体」的观念,就以为是开始照着想像一番。其实,在「观空」之后,应该只余直接经验的内容,所以,所谓「观想」并非个人的想像,而是「认定」直接经验的内容是所观想的那样。

 

二○二○年五月七日
养和斋   于加州


 

 

Returning to Blank Essence

Yutang Lin

 

In rituals for Dharma practices, it begins with Taking Refuge, and then Developing Bodhicitta, and then ″Visualizing Blank Essence″—visualizing that all phenomena returning to Blank Essence. The so-called ″returning to Blank Essence″ does not mean that the practitioner needs to deny the contents of direct experiences, but means that all concepts and views in the mind need to be let go because any concepts or views are artificial products of personal consciousness, and are not exactly identical with their references in direct experiences, and furthermore, they are a kind of interference to direct experiences.

For example, ordinarily, people sustain a notion of ″my body″, even though this concept is unnecessary for the natural functions of physiology, and yet, on the contrary, it is a source for increasing tensions. To fully resume natural relaxation, one needs, first, to be able to become free of this concept.

In rituals for Dharma practices, after ″Visualizing Blank Essence″, then it says that one ″visualizes″ that from Blank Essence there appear certain phenomena. Ordinary Dharma practitioners still sustain the notion of ″my body″, and hence they figure that they are supposed to begin imagining accordingly. In fact, after ″Visualizing Blank Essence″, only contents of direct experiences remain, therefore, the so-called ″visualizes″ is not a personal imagining, but a ″recognition″ that the contents of direct experiences is as described.

 

Written in Chinese and translated into English on May 7, 2020
El Cerrito, California

 

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