平常心  林钰堂

 

 

佛法里讲「平常心」,是说犹如无事,平静安宁的心态。禅门也有「平常心是道」的公案。但是人生峰回路转,难免遭值惊心动魄、千钧一发的情境,又如何能安住「平常心」呢?

一般是说,要不着相、不起分别,放下罣碍。但是,这若非老修行,习于无执,定力深厚,谈何容易?其实,只要了悟我们经验的性质,便能随时修「平常心」,并且容易安住「平常心」。

我们的一切经验都是转瞬即过,无从把捉。着相、分别及罣碍都是由于自心的执取才在。既然经验,不管自己觉得好坏、喜恶,不断随因缘转化,无人能掌控,执取又有何用?了悟及此,不复执取念头及欲望,便能随时修「平常心」;并且容易安住「平常心」,因为只是随顺因缘渡日而已。难只难在人心已离纯朴远了!

 

二○二○年十二月十八日
养和斋     于加州


 

 

Ordinary Mind

Yutang Lin

 

″Ordinary Mind″, as mentioned in Dharma works, refers to mental state, which is peaceful and stable, as if nothing out of the ordinary had happened. There is also a Chan (Zen) Kong An (Koan) on ″Ordinary Mind is the Path″. Nevertheless, courses in life twists and turns, it is inevitable for one to encounter disturbing and drastic situations, how, then, could one abide in such ″Ordinary Mind″?

Usually, teachings in Dharma would instruct that, one should not attach to concepts, should not develop comparisons, and let go of attachments. However, unless one is an adept used to no grasping and has profound stability of meditation, this is easier said than done. Indeed, we need only to comprehend the nature of our experiences, and then we could cultivate ″Ordinary Mind″ whenever we want; furthermore, it would be easy to abide in ″Ordinary Mind″.

All our experiences passed instantaneously, and there is no way to grasp it. Attaching to concepts, making comparisons and grasping to attachments subsist only due to our mental grasping. Now that our experiences, despite our feelings of good or bad, like or dislike, are incessantly evolving as causal conditions changed, and no one can control all these, what is the use of our grasping? As one comprehends this and no longer grasps to ideas and desires, then one can cultivate ″Ordinary Mind″ whenever one wants. Furthermore, then it would be easy to abide in ″Ordinary Mind″ because one simply passes days in accordance with causal conditions. The difficulty of realizing this lies in the fact that peoples′ minds are already distant from being pure and simple!

 

Written in Chinese and translated into English on December 18, 2020
El Cerrito, California

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