Monday, March 27, 2017

天行健,地势坤 Heaven's Path is Infinitely Strong, Earth's Status is Greatly Virtuous




原意涵义
以上这些是当今人对这句话的理解,其实这样理解是严重误解了原意。
《易传》上提到:“天行健,君子以自强不息。”这句话中的“以”在古文里是“用”的意思。其意思应是“君子以之自强不息”,就是君子用了它以后就会自强不息。这里的“之”就是指前面提到的“天行健”,在文言文语法中常常省略此“之”字。这句话直接翻译过来就是,天道的运行是最健朗的,君子通过顺应这种规律(遵循天道),使自己变得强壮,生生不息。人生于天地之间,当然应该顺天而行,不是让君子埋头苦干不松劲儿自强的意思。
道家一贯倡导无为,顺其自然,怎么可能叫你拼死拼活埋头苦干呢?这种处世之道,在古时候几乎人人都懂,老子不是也说吗?“人法地,地法天,天法道,道法自然”。

My humble view:~
乾卦~象曰:天行健,君子以自强不息
Qian Prediction ~ said to be: Heavenly path is healthy or strong, likewise a true gentleman is himself strong and infinitely so;

坤卦~象曰:地势坤,君子以厚德载物
Kun Prediction ~ said to be: Earth's status is feminine, or motherly, a gentleman should be like the Great earth, nourishing everything, virtuous, embracing & caring for all.

Hahaha!

Good phrases to learn?

With Metta

Om Guru Lian Sheng Siddhi Hom
Lama Lotuschef

诗情画意 A Literary Moment

While watching a Chinese Police Story, my interest was caught by the above :)
Thus, I started a search from what I deciphered of one phrase ~  [盼月裁唐句].
Hahaha! I hope I am correct though.
The other phrase? I can't decipher at all!!! :)

[盼~long for, look for; 月~ moon; 裁~tailor, cut, decide; 唐~ Tang, as in Tang Dynasty time period;  句~phrase, verse, statement.]

I googled this phrase & can't find it!
But this one that follows, can sort of give us some clue.

https://books.google.com.sg/books?id=cH3JDAAAQBAJ&pg=PT489&lpg=PT489&dq=%E7%9B%BC%E6%9C%88%E8%A3%81%E5%94%90%E5%8F%A5&source=bl&ots=yxN9jIYclB&sig=pUezljchfT16d8QXf2HNB7_-qIY&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjFqNj4i_XSAhXBrI8KHdy8CJkQ6AEIGjAA#v=onepage&q=%E7%9B%BC%E6%9C%88%E8%A3%81%E5%94%90%E5%8F%A5&f=false
The above: Quoted a section of a poem 漱流枕石心无语,听月煮书影自横。
The rest talks about a distinction of stages in a person's life and personal experiences with subsequent acquisition of Wisdom or gradual Enlightenment. :)


朱熹的诗与弘一法师的偈http://blog.sciencenet.cn/home.php?mod=space&uid=220220&do=blog&id=1038236

老的天心永乐禅寺下山路上,看到展出的墨宝。



不记得《全宋诗》中朱熹部分(卷2683至卷2394)读过这首诗。
网上查到,被称为《天心问禅》,全诗如下

<<年来更惑青苔路,欲叩天心日不撑。
几度名山云作客,半墙禅院水为僧。
漱流枕石心无语,听月煮书影自横。
不待钟声驾鹤去,犹留夜籁传晓风。>>

不知道确切的出处。


这是弘一法师临终时的偈语:

君子之交,其淡如水。
执象而求,咫尺千里。
问余何适,廓尔忘言。
华枝春满,天心月圆。

其中“华枝春满,天心月圆”意象精妙境界高远。弘一法师圆寂于泉州,这句话推测与天心禅寺没有什么关系。

漱流枕石心无语,听月煮书影自横
http://m.qiuyuge.org/book/36/36085/8485120.html

从漱流枕石到漱石枕流

在武夷山水帘洞景区章堂涧的路边有一个硕大的鹅卵石,上面刻着“漱石枕流”四个大字,虽然不知道什么时候被什么人刻上去的,但用笔圆浑而遒劲,行文落拓而神驰,无论是字意还是书法与周边的悠然的环境都极为和谐。从旁边经过的游客不计其数,也不乏大学者、大学问家,但能读懂其间深义的恐怕寥落星辰。

枕石漱流,是魏晋人常用的一个词,用来形容一种隐居山林的生活,语出南朝宋?刘义庆《世说新语·排调》,全文是:

孙子荆年少时欲隐。语王武子“当枕石漱流”,误曰“漱石枕流”。王曰:“流可枕,石可漱乎?”孙曰:“所

以枕流,欲洗其耳;所以漱石,欲砺其齿。”

一次不经意的口误却成了千年佳话,足见汉字魔方的魅力。用石头做枕头也好,用石头磨牙齿也罢,以流水漱口也好,以流水洗耳朵也罢,终归表达了一个隐逸者回归自然的心态。但是在物欲横流的时代,这句弄拙成巧的佳话却是给贪赃枉法者最忠实的劝告。

俗话说:“拿人家的手短,吃人家的嘴软”,许多贪官污吏天天有人请吃请喝,有人阿谀奉承,拍马溜须,渐渐养成了吃、喝、拿、卡、要、忠言逆耳的不良习气。鱼肉吃多了,牙齿自然就磨得圆滑了,就再也咬不动东西了,只好囫囵吞枣,导致消化不良;奉承多了,耳朵自然就被好话、假话堵得满满的,忠言、真话就听不进去了,听觉就失聪了,这时候如果不来一次“枕流漱石”,不来一次洗耳砺齿,那就有可能面临两种下场,要么撑死,要么变成聋子。

在我看来,从枕石漱流到漱石枕流,实际上包含着人生的二层境界,和丰子恺说的人生如同爬楼梯的理论不谋而合。

丰子恺曾有这样的高论:

一般人追求物质生活,他只能生活在一楼;脚力好的到了二楼,追求艺术精神生活;而宗教徒是生活在三楼,追求一种灵魂生活,只有脚力最好的人才能登临

漱石枕流的第一重含义是物质层面上的,就像一个老农夫,为求生存,日出而作,日落而息,精疲力竭之时,枕石而解困,

漱流以解渴。

第二重含义是精神层面上的,就像一介衣食无忧的书生,为求享受,向往着一种闲适的生活,放歌山水,畅游天地,闲来无事之际,枕石而观云,漱流以戏水。

而漱石枕流的第三重含义枕流漱石,是灵魂层面的,算是人生的最高境界了。就像一个禅者,在喧嚣的人境中出离,在热闹的车马声屮入定,在自性般若中放牧着法喜禅悦。洗其耳因其见污,砺其齿因其渐圆。

洗耳砺齿是一种本真的回归,是误入尘网后的一种大彻大悟,是心为刑役后的一种释然。重新回归心无一累、万象俱空的境界,洗去人世间的是是非非,放下为人处事中的圆滑世故,以回归真性为本,独步林问石径山涧,枕石而养神,漱流以悦性。

禅宗认为“大疑大悟,小疑小悟,不疑不悟”。朱熹在《天心问禅》的诗里有“湫流枕石心无语,听月煮书影自横”之句。

前句显然是作者对大疑惑屮苦思冥想的描述,而“听月煮书影自横”则是恍然大悟后释然的畅怀,多少有几分“枕流漱石”的禅味。

明代文人颜继祖说:“无树非台还是佛,枕流漱石即为禅。”可见,禅境人生不愧为人生最高楼!只有站得高,才能看得远。
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「望月開悟」——武夷山的禪宗寶典
https://read01.com/emD0ey.html

空、明、凈、寂等的佛性聖山。

行雲、流水、清風、明月、晨鐘、暮鼓、林泉、空谷等往往成為禪宗表達空、明、凈、寂等佛性真如境界的意象符號。
如「明月松間照,清泉石上流」、「萬籟此俱寂,但余鐘磬聲」、「千江有水千江月,萬里無雲萬里天」等。
以至於年少好佛的朱熹曾集以上禪宗意象之大成,作詩《天心問禪》:「年來更惑青苔路,欲叩天心日不撐。
漱石枕流心無語,聽月煮書影自橫。
幾度名山雲做客,半牆禪院水為僧。
不待鐘聲駕鶴去,猶留夜籟傳曉風。」

以此表達對禪宗境界的理解,並留下望月悟道的「水月亭」,成為後人憑弔歷史、悟道山水的文化遺蹟和著名景點。
在武夷山,摩崖石刻「天心明月」是最富有詩情畫意的禪宗意象,而「望月開悟」則是最富有佛理禪趣的禪宗公案。
Similar with Cultivation of Tantric Dharma, the stages of yogacara follows One's stages of Enlightenment! 

Cultivation is Unlimited and there is No Hindrances or Restrictions!
If you can't understand why this is so, do put in more diligent effort and start from the Beginning again & again. :)

When you can look at the Moon for Inspiration and concoct a verse or poem at lib, you have Matured in Mind! :)

You can also have FUN studying some Literary works and polish up yourself in the Wisdom arena!

With Metta

Om Guru Lian Sheng Siddhi Hom
Lama Lotuschef

Friday, March 24, 2017

佛法 Buddha Dharma ~ 少林武功 Shaolin's Martial Arts



In this drama: The monk gave a real Enlightening Sermon!

天龙八部 第34集
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmxD1coBC7w&index=34&list=PLJj6tMJr7ASyDx69CyJ3K2jLIVhNm1REf

Above: Sequence/Order upside down.
Below:When Sequence is upside down, big calamity will befall.



Above: Buddha's disciples practicing martial arts
Below: Purpose is to strengthen body, protect dharma and suppress demon



Above: When practicing martial arts,
Below: Must have compassionate mindset

 



Above: If not using Buddha's knowledge as foundation,
Below: Then when practicing martial arts, will surely harm one's own body.


Hahaha!
This sermon is similar to many that GM Lu has shared through out this 40+ years with all.

However, the ones that can truly understand and achieved Guru Yoga is like a droplet of water in an ocean!

Question:
Do you really spend time studying Buddha Dharma from the very Foundation?
Know what is Boddhicitta?
Can you practice with Boddhicitta, always?

Hahaha!
Have you ever got angry when others "block" your access to your Root Guru?

Now, GM Lu said: Those that are physically beside me but don't cultivate well, are in actual fact very far away from ME!
Those that cultivate well are truly near by my side!

Do or don't?
All your personal choice!

Wake up now!

With Metta

Om Guru Lian Sheng Siddhi Hom
Lama Lotuschef





Friday, March 17, 2017

正思惟~师尊加持?Right Resolve ~ GM's blessing empowerment?


正思惟又作正志、諦念,包括出離思惟、無恚思惟、無害思惟,其中思惟可分為三種:邪思惟、漏正思惟、無漏正思惟。

正思惟指正確思惟,以引導生如理如實的智慧。特指離開世俗的錯悟分別,離開邪妄迷謬,而作佛教的純真的智慧思索,即指聞、思、修、證的第二階段。
出離,是指远离贪业。
無恚,指滅除嗔怒,生起慈心。
無害,是指滅除殘忍,生起悲心。

Right thought Right intention (samyak-saṃkalpa/sammā sankappa) can also be known as "right thought", "right resolve", "right conception", "right aspiration" or "the exertion of our own will to change".
In this factor, the practitioner should constantly aspire to rid themselves of whatever qualities they know to be wrong and immoral
Correct understanding of right view will help the practitioner to discern the differences between right intention and wrong intention

In the Chinese and Pali Canon, it is explained thus:

And what is right resolve
Being resolved on renunciation, on freedom from ill will, on harmlessness
This is called right resolve.

It means the renunciation of the worldly things and an accordant greater commitment to the spiritual path; good will; and a commitment to non-violence, or harmlessness, towards other living beings.

Right Thought (sammà samkappa) is the second step on the Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path
Thoughts are either words or pictures that form in the mind and which are often accompanied by or give rise to feelings which in turn may give rise to actions.

The second part of the eightfold path is Right Thought
All of the parts are not in any particular order except that you start with Right Understanding and end with Right Understanding
All of the parts are to be performed simultaneously. 
The difference with Right Understanding is simply that you begin with some understanding of the Buddha’s teachings and end with an experiential understanding of the Buddha’s teachings. 
All the while all eight parts are treaded simultaneously.

The Buddha described two types of thought
wandering thought (vicàra) and logical or directed thought (vitakka). 

Normally our mind is filled with scattered, random, wandering thoughts and we have little say in what they are or what they will be next. When we have a task to do or a problem to solve, the will takes hold of and directs our thoughts in a particular direction. But usually, as soon as the task is finished or the problem solved, the will subsides and thoughts begin their erratic wandering again. The Buddha made the important but often overlooked observation that, ‘Whatever one thinks about and ponders on often the mind gets a leaning in that way’ (M.I,115). 
The more of a particular type of thoughts we think, the more they will occur. 
If we often have thoughts of greed and allow them to persist they will tend to occupy our mind more frequently and we may begin to act in a more greedy manner
Therefore an important aspect of Buddhist training is to cultivate Right Thought, not to let negative thoughts persist within our mind and to encourage positive thoughts

The Buddha broadly defines Right Thought as thoughts of detachment, of love and of helpfulness (M.III,251). Right Concentration, Right Mindfulness and Right Effort are of course important in helping the development of Right Thought.

Right Thought includes thoughts of love and non-violence extending to all beings. In vipassana meditation awareness is placed on thoughts with intent to cease thoughts so that the meditation remains in the present moment free from unwholesome thoughts. Right Thought basically refers to wholesome thoughts, which is closely tied to Right Understanding because it results eventually through the practice and attainment of wisdom.

The first two verses of the first chapter of the Dhammapada by the Buddha, are:

“All we are is the result of what we have thought, it is founded on our thoughts, it is made up of our thoughts. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him like a shadow that never leaves him.”

Our thoughts are as important to us as our actions because they make up who we are, thus, it becomes imperative that we keep our thoughts pure.

An example is to imagine if your thoughts are filled with money and how to get more money. Greed becomes a big part of your life. It defines who you are. Your thoughts become fixated on money and this is who you become.

Another example is a person with what is commonly called, “a one track mind.” Such a person focuses his mind and thoughts on only one topic. All of this person’s conversation tends to run on this one subject. It begins with the thoughts and then permeates to define that person.

An optimistic person is one who sees things in a positive way. This person radiates happiness and loving kindness. Such a person greets people with a smile and it is from the heart and not just conformation to etiquette. This positive attitude had its start with good, positive thoughts.

By keeping our thoughts wholesome and in the present we encourage only productive thoughts. Thoughts can then be useful and not counter-productive.

Another quote from the Buddha in regard to the value of Right Thought is:

“Your worst enemy can not harm you as much as your own thoughts, unguarded. But once mastered, no one can help you as much, not even your father or your mother.” (Dh., chapter 3)
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师尊加持?GM's Blessing empowerment?
Do you really understand what this is and for what purpose?
Also, what are the Limitations?

Too much of something can hurt you!
Like a Drug addict, chasing all the time and all over for something, will cause you to develop a "Dependency" which you can't escape from!

THINK! 

With Metta

Om Guru Lian Sheng Siddhi Hom
Lama Lotuschef

Thursday, March 16, 2017

A8 ~ 16 March 2017 Homa In Celebration















Join us again! :)

Om Guru Lian Sheng Siddhi Hom
Lama Lotuschef

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A6 ~ 16 March 2017 Homa In Celebration