天然本定  林钰堂

 

 

一般习定是在培养专注的能力。如果生活及习性没有彻底调整,心中顾虑无能舍弃,习定是不可能有确切的结果的。然而,依照佛示,实际上是众生皆有天然的、本来的定,而诸佛皆安住其中。

我们经验到的皆如幻化——不断迁变,而无从执取。唯有所有觉受的本性是本来的、常在的,虽然此根本觉性没有任何特质,也因此无从把捉。若能领悟并确认这无有特性之常在才是有情存在之唯一真相,则于迁流之万象中自然安住「不生不灭、不垢不净、不增不减」,而顿然超越轮迴。不动佛、不动明王,都是因为安住无可执取,而无能动者。

了悟无能动的天然、本来之定,不表示即能安住其中,因为生活里都是依旧照习俗、习气及见解来行止。因此,修行者还是要依佛法来实践于生活里,才能期望有朝一日,涤尽尘垢,而顿然悟入。

 

二○二○年七月十六日
养和斋    于加州


 

 

Natural and Original Stability

Yutang Lin

 

Usually people practice meditation to cultivate the ability to concentrate. If the practitioner has not undergone thorough readjustment of ways and habits of living, and cannot renounce personal considerations, then there could not be solid results from meditation practices. However, according to Dharma, indeed, sentient beings all have natural and original stability, and all Buddhas abide therein.

Whatever we experience are like illusions—incessantly evolving and could not be grasped. Only the basic nature of all that we experience is original and perpetual, even though this basic nature of awareness has no particular quality, and hence could not be grasped. If one could realize and recognize this perpetual nature, which lacks any particular quality, as the only reality in a sentient being′s existence, then amid evolving phenomena one naturally abides in ″neither born nor deceased, neither dirty nor clean, neither increasing nor decreasing″, and instantly transcended ″transmigration in Samsara″. Buddha Akshobhya (Immovable One) and the Dharma protector Acalanatha (Immovable Wisdom King) are immovable because they all abide in nothing could be grasped.

Comprehending this immovable, natural and original stability does not mean that one can then abide therein because in daily life one continues to behave according to customs, habitual tendencies, and views. Therefore, a Dharma practitioner still needs to adhere to Dharma in daily life so that, one may hope for, one day, all worldly traces have evaporated and instantly one abides therein.

 

Written in Chinese and translated into English on July 16, 2020
El Cerrito, California

 

 

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