Thursday, December 29, 2011

新年新知識 -- 請傳給你所關心的人

有關禪坐的十大迷思

1. 禪坐是佛教的行為

歷史及網路都說,禪是『不立文字,教外別傳』的,因此禪是中國特有的一種修為方式。禪結 合了『佛道儒』的精髓,但卻不屬於任何教派,也沒特定的經典,都是借來的說法而已。禪坐主要的目的是為了促 進我們身心靈的健全,而不是一個宗教的行為。再說『佛』是對釋迦摩尼的一個尊稱。釋 迦摩尼是人,也是老師,作為榜樣來學習與生活,可以尊敬,無需供奉。經由禪坐,我 們身體會健康,頭腦會更敏銳,而靈性也會進一步的提升,讓我們更能體悟所信奉的教義,包括基督 教,天主教或回教。

2. 禪坐在是很無趣的
表面看來的確如此。禪坐主要的功能不在表面,它是內斂的。禪坐可以讓我們混亂的心得易沉澱,促進身體 內的氣脈的通暢,獲得健康,精神得以集中,思緒更加敏銳,如此生活得更有智慧,更加 健康美滿。

3. 都是退休的老頭在坐禪
的確,在古時候大都是學者或大官在坐禪,都是老頭。禪坐好像都是某一層特別人士在坐,
因 而蒙上的一些神秘的色彩。近代的人,已經了解到禪坐真正的益處 - 它是個讓我們獲得更加美好健康快樂生活的一種習 練。越早開始禪坐,對自己的身心靈越有益處 - 學生會更專注,孩子會更聽話,生意會越做越順,生活會更瀟灑自在。目前的美國,坐禪已經越來 越時尚了。可以Google看看。

4.坐禪只是『不想』而已
禪坐已經有了兩千多年的歷史了。如同所有的學問,時間久了,要不然就不完整,要不然就起了變化。一般 人在教的所謂的打坐,的確只有不想而已。但是真正的禪坐卻是結合了道家的功法讓氣脈通暢,佛家的說法讓心定沒煩惱,進而提升靈性與宇 宙的智慧與生命力的共鳴。所謂『宇宙的生命力與智慧』,也可稱為佛,或上帝,或大愛。

5. 坐禪會走火入魔的
所謂的走火入魔有兩種現象。從氣功的習練來說是一種岔氣。是有可能的。 但是禪坐與氣功不同,氣功習練的是外炁,禪坐修養的是內息。另外一種走火入魔是外靈的進入。當我們心門打開向外求神通的時候,的確可能會有外靈進入。但是 禪坐的習練,卻是反方向的,要求往內提升自己的靈性,見到自己的本性,也即是所謂在內心的神或上帝。

6. 身體不好的人才需要坐禪
身體健康只是禪坐的第一個階段。解脫煩惱是第二階段。智慧生活是第三階段。禪坐的好處太太多了。不止是身體而已。此外最近 連西醫都說,身心靈是息息相關的。『心』影響『身』,『身』影響『心』,『身心』都影響『靈』的快樂與否。

7. 坐禪一定要盤腿坐在地上
人的身體有太多的潛能沒有發揮。二十八年來,我們發現最開始坐在椅子上坐禪的人,漸漸的都越來越柔軟 了。漸漸的都能坐到地上了。坐到地上以後,臀部打開,氣脈通暢,膀胱經,膽經,腎經都越來越健康。脊椎也開始有力了,不容易摔跤,或 腰酸背痛。禪坐雖然要投資時間,沒有西藥快捷,但是西藥的副作用可是要人命的。每個人都可以盤腿坐在地上的,只是早晚而已。都可以從 坐椅子上開始,不用擔心或勉強。

8. 自己看書就會坐禪了
坐禪是一種習練,而非一種知識。我們大都時候都知道什麼對我們是有益的,但是我們有多少時候真正做到 了自己該做的呢?
事實上禪坐會有效,是因為坐禪讓我們超越『自 我原諒』的習性,及遠離一切的『癮』。因此我們發現,如果大家一起坐,比較有效。每個人都可以藉機多多約束自己的心猿 意馬,超越自己根深蒂固的習性,抵制各種有副作用的『』。相互勉勵,相互扶持,交換心得,比 較容易更上層樓。

9. 禪坐是件很辛苦的事
的確,剛開始的時候,會覺得不但一無所得,沒有任何收穫,還會腿麻背酸。但是漸漸的就會發現身體越來 越好,不但腿不麻,背不酸,還有一股氣流在身體內流竄,會覺得很舒服,很快樂。而這種快樂不但無法形容,而且沒有副作用,有人把它比 為宇宙大愛的感覺。

10. 生活美滿的人不需要坐禪
人生是沒有起伏的嗎?禪坐不單單是為了讓目前的生活更好,更是為了準備應付將來生活上的變化。禪坐不 單單是
作用在眼前看得到的生活現象,更是作用在看不到的生命現象。禪坐是真正能 夠讓我們現世就活在天堂裡的生活習練。

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Practice of No Mind IV

Good morning and happy holidays to everyone,

The practice of no mind is the practice of awareness, or rather the practice of absolute awareness.

We will absolutely be aware of the conditions of your body.
We will absolutely be aware of the thoughts in our mind.
We will absolutely be aware of the well being our spirit.
In all time and at every moment.
Without being affected by any form - external and internal, in our mind, in our body, in our spirit, etc.
Yet ready to act with wisdom and compassion at all time.

This awareness is present, full, energized, and in sync with the life force and wisdom of the universe.

It is a state of being to be attained, maintained and sustained.

It is effortless, natural and automatic.

It is the original state of our being.

Our body mind and spirit are one with the universe as it was and is.

It is the state of enlightenment attained by Shakyamuni -- Absolute Awareness or  正覺。

Just something to share for the Holidays,

Friday, December 9, 2011

宇宙

NASA的李傑信(Mark Lee)博士說,宇宙有1000億個想銀河一樣的星系,組成一個930億光年的宇宙。我們能觀察到的宇宙,不到1000萬億億分之一。我們所能觀察到及了解的的物質不到4%。暗物質及暗能量,各佔24%及72%。

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Practice Of No Mind

Most of us have heard the practice of "no mind", "empty mind", "no thoughts".  Somehow most of the guidelines also end right about at this term and does not go further.

It is so because historically the state beyond "no mind" is an "indescribable"  and "unimaginable" state.  Or in Chinese, it is a state of 妙(pronounce miao) or exquisite, or profound, yet wonderful, spacious and simple.

In modern day terms, this state can be referred to a spiritual state beyond our mind.  It is a wholesome state of being, integrating the collective wisdom and energy from every cell of our physical self, so that the pure awareness and the pure focus is far more powerful than what we are normally able to experience through our five aggregates. 

In other words, in such a state, our body, mind and spirit are one.  In modern language, we are "in the zone".  We are in a state of most natural, effortless and automatic state of being.

In Buddhism, this (every cell)  is labeled as every sentient being.  My Teacher taught me that when Buddha saw the thousands of lights at night upon his enlightenment, these lights were not in the sky, they were inside his body.  In other words, when we energize and rejuvenate every sentient beings (cells)  in our body, when they reach their purest state, they emits light.  As we know, light is the purest form of energy.

Therefore the practice of no mind is only half way to our enlightenment.  Without energizing our physical self, transform, repair and heal every sentient being within ourselves, it would be difficult for us to reach and especially to maintain the state of absolute awareness and absolute focus.

Sitting without tapping into the energy of the universe, cultivating our chi, or enhancing our state of being beyond an empty mind, is labeled as "withered sitting".  Without energy beyond our normal state of being, we will always stay at where we were and continue to reincarnate.