Thursday, November 29, 2007

What Are We Really Cultivating? (v.III)

We were often taught that we were cultivating our Qi as we sit. With Qi, we purify our body, then our mind, then spiritual connection will come. I often wondered about that term of spirituality?

Throughout my practice, however, I have experienced different states of myself. When my mind is at peace and in a state of stillness, my body is at still, emotionless, I can feel that I am connected to the people around me, or even away from me. No matter what I say, or not say, we are connected and communicating.

On the other hand, if my body and mind are disconnected, no matter what I say or do, I am not connecting to anyone or anything. In short, I suspect that there is an invisible level of communication that I am sometimes experiencing, if I could get myself into a certain state of stillness.

Until yesterday, I found my answer in one of the books by our Master. As we sit, we are really cultivating our spiritual power. This is the underlying power which could transform materials and phenomenon. This is the power could be in sync with the universal truth. This is the power that has no boundary, no judgment, no logic, pure and omnipotent.

The word Our Master used in his Chinese text was "integrate/unify" spiritual power. Meaning our attention or awareness is usually diverse or dispersed here and there - hand, books, TV, food. We need to unify all of our awareness into one central one. When that happens, not all the stimulus still could be sense, and at the same time we are not affected by it. Better still, we can even sense "more", as well as having the "spiritual power" to affect.

Some suggested that this is what we called "focus", yet based on my experience, it is more than just the act of "focus", it is a "spiritual power" that we are cultivating.

I am not sure I am explaining it right. It is something to be practiced and experienced.

Thank you, Master.

I am very grateful.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

『坐』禪與『做』禪

今年十月的時候,回到臺灣,在一頓晚飯后,已經十點多了,親眼見到師父,為了與眾同修說再見,獨自站在路邊的冷風里,等候尚未離店的同修們。我勸了師父兩次,“師父,您請先回吧!”,師父都沒有答應。一個人默默地等著,一直到所有同修都到齊了,與師父道了晚安,師父才上車回家。

從少林寺回來時候,我大約是倒數第六,七個上機的。前面已上了大約一百多位同修了。一上機,就看到師父,好像在找人。還沒來得及跟師父問安,師父已急急忙忙地問,“洋蓮呢?我在等洋蓮。”

“洋蓮師姐在我后面,師父。”,我說。但我心里在想,師父真有愛心,等了一百多人了,還在等。 我真是自嘆不如。

我當下領悟到了,禪還是要『行』的。光是『修』是不夠的。只是『坐』禪是不夠的,禪也同時要『做』的。唯有在做了以后,才有體驗,才有信心,才有能量。

修行是一體兩面的。唯有行在一起,才能心在一起。

這次結緣班的檢討會中, 有許多的同修提出了許多寶貴的意見。都是發自肺腑的珍貴之言。我們深深的知道,心都是在一起的。

我們的這些珍貴的肺腑之言,要如何體現呢?Emily師姐建議說,先從護持每一堂課開始。然後每一位同修再接引兩位同修來。而來了以后呢,必須與他們同進同退,護持到底。

她提醒了我們,修行與我們每一個人的生活一樣,是“知易行難”的。“光說不練”,是無效的。

我們不但要『坐』禪,更要『做』禪。唯有『做過的禪』,才是『自己的禪』。

心里想的禪,或是了解了他人說的禪,不能成為自己的禪。不是自己的禪,是沒有力量的禪。不但渡不了自己,更渡不了別人。

我深深的悟道了,真是感恩師父。