Thursday, February 26, 2009

心相之間 - Form & Heart

今天的座右銘 This is what I have realized today and I shall remind myself of it every time when my mind initiates.

以相應相,相中轉。 Respond form with form, lost in form.
以心應相,斷相念。 Respond form with heart,terminates form.
心心相印,圓滿行。 Heart sync with heart, fulfills.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Smile & At Ease

The ego is composed of two parts, the physical body and the mental construct. It is easy to realize that body is impermanent. It is difficult to realize that our identity of self is also just a compilation of relative and empty forms, such as of principals, success, life styles. Why is it difficult?

Because most of us can let go only some of the principals we live by and not all of it. Then how do we know we have actually rid of the ENTIRE ego?

* When we no longer felt the need or having the notion to explain or
to defend our thoughts, our principals, our dharma. * When we realize no matter what we have accomplished, they mean
nothing.
* When we are at ease at every moment whether we succeed or fail.
* When we truly surrender to the universe and go with the flow with
a smile.
* When are have no rising of any notion what so ever.
* When we are completely detached from all forms, visible or invisible.

This is the time, we have rid of our mental process and being just a living being, or in my school just an energy being, a being without mental process, yet fully content at every moment and connected to everyone and everything around us.

No matter what we see or hear or encounter, we automatically fulfill with our best foot forward with all our available resources.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

懂了- I understand

每當我起了『懂了』的念時。那是我的『意識心』在作用,而非我的『本心』。
Every time, when I said, "I understand!", it is from my conscious mind and not my Buddha Nature.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

A Story

Somehow, frequently the label of "chi cultivation" was labeled
"irrelevant" or "maya" or "unacceptable" by our discriminating mind.
Today, I will tell you a story instead.

Two students comes to the class to learn to find Buddha Nature.
Teacher: Begin by breathing into your belly and don't think.
Student OM: ok
Student DM: why?

One month later.
Teacher: Can you do belly breathing now.
Student OM: Yes
Student DM: Can breathing help me to find Buddha Nature?
Teacher: Now pay attention to your navel chakra.
Student OM: OK
Student DM: Isn't Chakra an Indian term?

One month later.
Student OM: Oh, I can feel that my chakra is vibrating. Is that normal?
Teacher: Great. Don't worry about it. Now pay attention to the rest of
your chakra.
Student OM: Sure.
Student DM: How is this practice related to Buddha Nature?

One year later
Student OM: Now that all my chakras are vibrating, what shall I do next.
Teacher: Can you forget them all.
Student OM: Yes, when I do that, I feel good, energetic, no worries
and quite clear headed.
Teacher: Great. Now you are in touch with Buddha Nature.
Student DM: How is that possible? It does not make sense.

This story did not talk about chi at all. Chi cultivation is a label I
gave to this breathing and awareness exercise.

Like love, the only way to understand it is to feel it.

Monday, February 9, 2009

自覺,覺他,覺行圓滿

昨天在上課的時候,師姐問起我,對于自覺,覺他,與覺行圓滿的心得。我很感恩 有這個機會。

昨天,我說明了,我對于這個『覺』字,有特別的感應,是與師相應而來的。觀到 師父來美四天中,一切言行,無不『覺』行圓滿。真正了悟到如何成佛,以及佛每 時每刻在做什么。

大家都知道,佛就是覺者。成佛必須自覺,覺他,覺行圓滿。這很好記。

再說,我們打坐不就是為了要徹底消滅意識心,分別心,提升我們本心的『覺性與 覺知』。不要被妄念所控,讓我們在生活中,每時每刻都能『覺』到我們在念什 么,說什么。不要在相中迷失,這就是『自覺』。否則在相中分來分去,是無盡的 輪迴。

『自覺』才能明心。師父說過,『明心的功夫是要自己來的。』。如果不能『覺』 知自己的妄念,又如何明心呢?

這才能自度。因此,『自覺』才能自度。

真正的修行,必須做到無欲,無念。不光是在禪坐的時候,而 是每時每刻在生活之中。

當我們的本心崛起,無念,無相,才能無我。我們才能真正了解眾生的無明,了解 眾生的需求,這是『覺他』。因為眾生的無明與需求,都是不一樣的。有了『我』 去看別人,如何會準呢?因此要『覺他』了以后,才知道如何度他。否則就會陷在 自我意識所造的相中不可自拔。

如此才能有效的『覺行圓滿』。

如果有任何不恰當的的方,也請諸位同修,多多指正。
說什么是不重要的,要覺才是自己的,覺性提升,才能相印。覺是個動詞。不是名詞。
這是我個人的心得與大家分享。

No word to say

For 1-2 months, I have realized that I have lost the connection to find
words to say in all my classes. Perhaps that's the way it meant to be.
Perhaps it is my own doing. At the same time, my meditation has entered
another state of calm, stillness and light. Are they related? Should I
"think" about it?

Last week, I thought of my teacher's classes. Most of his classes had
over 2,500 people. Yet frequently at the end of each class, most of the
people I met, informed me that they felt as if the class was one on
one. In other words, each one felt that our teacher was talking to
each one individually.

I don't know how.

I only know that I am incapable of doing that now.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Is or Is Not

Hi All,

The third patriarch stated in Shin Shin Ming, "just hair width apart, we could be in hell or heaven."
Tao Te Jing stated, "The Way is not hard, if we don't pick or choose."
Diamond Sutra stated, "....The heart dwells no where..."

These are simple references for everyone of us. To be truly free, just make sure that our discriminating mind does not arise 24/7. Just accept, fulfill and harmonize with whatever in front of us with form or without.

Don't even think. Don't analyze. Don't believe anything. Don't suspect anything. Don't hold anything too close, including everything I posted or the sutra stated. Once our mind is stuck on IS or IS NOT, agree or not agree, accept or not accept, We are lost in the formed world, a world of relativity, a world of interpretations, concepts and theories....

Our job as a Chan practitioner is to wake everyone up and help everyone to pierce through absolutes. Free everyone from the mind and raise our original self to be aware on how we are actually living, physically, mentally and spiritually and be liberated from all absolutes, no matter how deeply we treasure. The challenge for us is to accomplish this without taking a position on absolutes ourselves. If we did, then others may dig in their heels and defend their absolutes.

Yes, I often emphasize the importance of a chi practice. It is not absolute either. It is just a bridge, a finger, a road map. An effective way which I have personally witnessed and benefited from. Because it is a simple logic-less practice yet so different from most of the terms and concepts in the western world and quite foreign in the Japanese tradition, it can help the practitioner to cut through the fog, bypass all concepts and words, let go of all reference and quickly realize that we are enslaved by our mind.

Is this the only way? No. Everyone of us has our own journey, which is affected by our own karma, our causality affinity and our available resources in current life.

Anyone, no matter how famous, reliable, trusting, venerable, or unimportant, wrong, distasteful, suggests anything, we must not judge, compare, ignore. Just listen carefully, try it and let go.

Anytime when we believed something strongly, we need also to realize at the same time, whatever we think or say, we can only present a limited number of perspectives during a finite set of time. It is important for us to modify our perspective every time on the same subject, so that we do not create a situation where the target listener needs to dig in their heels and defend themselves, because by then, we have enhanced their attachments instead of dissolve it. Or in other perspective, we have created more karma instead of reduce it.

Therefore, there is nothing IS or IS NOT. Everything is as is.

If we are capable of accepting every moment as is, understand and accept every form, logic, disagreement whole-heartedly then we are truly free. Because only when our mind is as big as the universe accepting everything that is going on, then we are complete and not partial. We are then one with the universe. We will no longer have doubt, worry, anger, disappointment, etc.

Let us work on it together.

Monday, February 2, 2009

無相行

大家都知道的事實,我的中文很爛。

今天早上忽然的又有一些領悟有關于 『有容乃大』。以前,我從來也不懂『容什么,大什么』。

今天了解到是『容下他人的無明,自己必須心大』。修行以後,更了解到『心與佛一樣大』才能『無我』才是『離相』。

那所謂的佛心是什么呢?佛心都在觀眾生,解眾生的無明。也可以說佛的心,就是眾生心。這是師父的身教。無限的感恩。

我們在行的過程中,也必須把心擴大到與佛同大,容下眾生的無明。

如果我們的『意念』中,如果有以下的『相』,『他好無明。他好無緣。他好不清凈』。那就是我們起了意識心,在分別了。

我們不但沒有慈悲心,起了分別心,還起了傲慢心,因為我們認為,我們與他們不一樣。這是要不得,千萬要不得的。

那也就是我們在造業了。宗明師兄告訴我,本願經說,『起心動念,無不是業。』

也有人說,『成佛以後,就沒有意識心了』。那是顛倒的想法。

師父說過的,『意識就是妄念,意識檔住了本心,根本成不了佛』。我們不能認為只要聽師父的話就可以成佛的。我們必須覺擦到自己意識心與分別心的升起,一但升起就無法與眾生『同體大悲』的。不能自以為『與眾不同』,千萬要注意。一點一滴都是不好的。不要再對任何人有任何的看法或評語。要是如果有的話,也千萬有提醒自己,『我與他是一樣的』。最好是一點一滴任何的意念都不起。

佛性不是本來就平等嗎?為什么只看到他人的相,而『覺』不到他人的苦。

離開這些形容詞,也就是離開這些『相』。離相才能與佛相印。與佛相印,也就是與眾生相印。

『覺』到眾生的苦,才是『覺他』,才能『覺行圓滿』。覺不到眾生的苦,只在等他們覺醒,誤了當下因緣,如何向佛師父交代。

『有容乃大』就是這個意思。

悟得是否恰當,還請諸位師兄姐多多指教。

感恩合十

Stop & Focus

Translated from Chan Master Miao Tian 12/20/1989 -

Sitting Chan is composed of two parallel practices, "stop" and "focus". As we sit, we eradicate all karmic blockade from our desire, forms and formless. And simultaneously raise the wisdom we were born with.

Sit to stop thinking. Stop our mental activities, while we focus on our heart and inner self. The essence of Sitting Chan is really formless. When our Inner Self arises, our conscious mind automatically stops functioning. Platform Sutra by the Sixth Patriach stated, "There is only one way - focus on our heart."

Chan Master Gu-Te drew a circle to illustrate the essence of Chan. In Taoism, it means the universe. In Confuciusm, it means all living beings in an endless cycle without beginning or end. In Chan, it is our Inner Self. It is pure, bright and also the same Self of the Universe. Heart, Buddha and Sentient Being are one the same, the Universal Self. One is all and all is one.

If so, then why practice? Yes, originally there is no need to practice and nothing to witness. Yet our delusional conscious filled with desires covered up our Inner Self. This is the reason we need to practice by purifying our delusional mind, turn the formless dharma wheel, gradually unifying our body and mind with the universe, and let our True Self shine through. Therefore, when our heart shine, delusions are broken, then Inner Self will show.

Therefore use our mind to understand Chan, or to chant or memorize Chan are in reality mental activities trying to practice "stop". These practices involving our conscious are still in the domain of craving, anger and attachment. The only way to let our Inner Self shine through is to "stop" all mental activity, or be absolutely thoughtless. The purpose of this "stop" practice is to have no arising of any notion whatsoever at every moment. This is the highest level of this "stop" practice one could reach, it is also called the gradual method of practice.

Linage Chan emphasizes more on the practice of "focus". The key of focusing is to focus without focusing as well as not focusing but focus. It is a formless practice focusing on the wisdom of the inner self, which arises from the stillness of focusing, when stillness and focus are one. When the Inner Self arises, it automatically shines through all the karmic clouds without any conscious effort. This is the sudden method of practice. Therefore Linage Chan practice is not about quantity but about quality. It is the quality of one's focus in the practice that is important and not the volume of it. Linage Chan is a wisdom practice. Only true wisdom can break through delusion. Quality changes thus quantity changes. From one into all.

Sitting Chan gradually brings one into sudden awareness. As it cleans up karmic blockade of the Three Realms, it raises our Inner Awareness at the same time. Stillness and wisdom together enables harmonization of all things and phenomena. Spiritual and physical strength both are enhanced. This is the only way to satisfy both the physical world and the spiritual world, as well as the formed world and the formless world.

This is the only way to rid of all karma, ferry oneself as well as others and be a Buddha.

妙天禪師 1989年12月20日

禪宗修止觀,就是漸修頓悟,一方面掃清三界意識的諸執業障,一方面開啟本具有 的自性智慧。

止,即止息妄念,讓意識心能止息;觀,是審諦觀察,就是觀心,觀自性。真正的 禪修,是修無相禪法。當我們修持的時候,直接從自性起修,所以要懂得如何觀自 性,也就是六祖壇經所謂的「唯有觀心一法」。當我們注意自性的起用,虛妄的意 識心自動止息。

我們在修禪,什麼是禪呢? 古德禪師喜畫一個圓圈,代表禪。它是什麼意思呢? 在 道家來講,這意味著無極、太極、是整個宇宙;在儒家來講,它是生生不息的「天 行健」,包括了天地間萬事萬物,永遠生生不息地循環,無終無始;它也是我們的 自性,是清淨、光明、圓滿的佛性。這個圓,也就是禪,是我們的自性,也是整個 宇宙的自性,「心、佛、眾生,三無差別」,萬物同一本體,這就是禪;禪是宇宙 的本體,亦是宇宙的全體,所謂「一即一切,一切即一」。

然而,眾生本自俱足佛性,本即是佛,何用修呢?所以說「無修無証」。但是這光 明的自性被三界的無明覆蓋住,生生世世輪迴生命的業障,習性遮蔽了自性之光, 變得無明、迷惑、渾渾噩噩。光明的自性心,清淨、圓滿。無明的意識心,充滿貪 嗔痴欲念;眾生雖具有自性,卻起不了作用,被重重無明塵土所掩蓋,不得解脫自 在。所以修禪,就是修這個自性的法門,轉動自性的無相法輪,身心漸趨統一,漸 漸與宇宙天地合一,無明褪盡,光明自動顯現。所以要修到「明心」,無明業障才 完全清除,修到「見性」,就是自性自動顯現。

所以,修行必須修自性,否則,用文字語言修行,用意識修行,仍在意識的相法境 界,無法超三界。修意識,仍是充滿貪嗔痴,所以必須修「止」,「止意識」,修 到「無念」,對一般的行者,這已經很不容易了,可能努力大半輩子還達不到此境 界。修到行住坐臥皆能無念,這是「止」的最高境界,這是「漸修法」。

禪宗的修持,重在「觀」,觀自性法門,觀而不觀,不觀而觀,完全是無為、無 相。觀,是觀自性的智慧,由定生慧,定慧一體,自性起用,光明生現,烏雲一掃 而空;不需特別去掃烏雲,業障本來空,這是「頓悟法門」的修持。所以禪門修 持,重質不重量,是智慧修持,只有智慧能破除無明,質變而量變,由一通達一切。

禪宗修止觀,就是漸修頓悟,一方面清掃三界意識的諸執業障,一方面開啟本自具 有的自性智慧。定慧兼修,理事圓融,精神與物質的能量,都會與日俱增。這樣的 修行,才能夠圓融出世法與入世法,圓融有相世界與無相法界,這樣的修行,才能 消除業障,立地成佛,也才能夠真正自度度人。