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Everything is That Simple - Zen Mirror

Everything is That Simple - Zen Mirror

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Coming Events Jan/Feb 06
燃点合家新春常年福慧灯
Whole Year Offering of Lights1/1
八关斋戒一日修
Observance of the8 Precepts, 1-dayRetreat1/1
禅修班:第五十二期开课
52
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ZenMeditation Coursefor Beginners
 
7/
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一日修
 
1-day Retreat10/
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除夕团圆聚餐
 
New Year EveGathering28/1
除夕晚顶礼药师忏
M
edicine BuddhaRepentanceChanting28/1
启建新春梁皇法会:设有消灾延生植福,燃灯供
 
New Year LiangHuang Fa Hui
29/1- 1/2(KYCL)3/2- 5/2(PIZC)
拜访老人院
Visit to Home for the Aged19/2
一切就是那么简单
性香禅师
[1979年12月29日佛法开示节录]
让我们觉得宽心一点,那就是很久以前,赵州禅师用了很长的时间来了解自己。他十七岁出家,二十岁开始学习佛经,历时十年。虽然他不断的读了又读,还是不了解心,不了解佛。之后,他成为禅僧,坐禅三十年。他不停的坐了又坐――“什么是佛?什么是心?”――非常努力修行,直到五十七岁,他还是不了解。一天,他问师父南泉禅师一系列有关正道的问题。最后,南泉说:“道,不依靠了解或不了解。无念的道,有如虚空般清明。你为何要强分对错呢?”听到这句话,赵州的心打开了!那时他五十七岁。接下来的二十年,他游方各地,寻找中国各地的禅师印证禅锋。最后,在八十岁时,他在一座佛寺定居,如果有人到来,他便给与教导。赵州就是用了那么多时间,才开始教导。但是,他并没有时间的观念。他只是勇往直前,一日复一日,做他需要做的、让他更坚强的事。另一位著名的人物惠能,在很年轻的时候,听到几句金刚经的经文,便完全了解自己,从未有任何修行。但他的业很重。许多人想杀害他,因为他没有经过训练,没有接受教育,便获得著名的禅宗五祖传法,成为六祖。所以,他必须跑到树林里,跟猎人一起生活十六年。最后,经过了那一段时间后,他走出树林,出家为僧,开始教导。就如崇山禅师常说的,证得开悟很容易,保持开悟就很难了。赵州了解这一点,惠能也了解这一点。普罗维登斯禅修中心成立一年半后,还只是一个很小的禅院,我们跟着崇山禅师,尽最大努力禅修,每一个月都有勇猛精进禅修。一个周末,两位年轻人来跟我们一起禅修。一位坐得很直,姿势很端正,让我们觉得很惭愧。那时,我们并没有什么姿势可言,我常常打瞌睡。但是这个人却一动不动――坐得非常稳。另一位没有坐下,他的膝盖不好,他只是站。小参时,我听到禅师笑着对他说,他坐得很好,他已经了解。我从未听见禅师如此说过,觉得很嫉妒,心想:“他了解了什么?
(提起禅杖,在空中很慢的划一圈,然后把禅杖垂直敲在桌子上。)非常非常慢。(禅杖在空中很快的划一圈,然后敲打桌子。)非常非常快。
普罗维登斯禅修中心写了一首歌,主题是时间。我觉得那是恰当的,因为我们今晚聚在这里的唯一原因,是人们认为有时间存在――来去、新旧,认为一些人的禅修进度比另一些人快。对许多禅修者来说,那真是一个左右为难的状况――把自己跟其他禅学生比较,跟我们的禅师比较,跟其他禅师比较――然后心里想:“我修得如何?要再过多久,我才能觉得比较好、比较强,能把内心的光辉照耀在别人身上?”不幸的是,我们内心的光辉有时太暗了,所以许多人继续留在这里,希望充足电以后,可以在任何时候帮助任何人。有一件事或许能
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A bi-monthly newsletter brought to you by Kwan YIn Chan Lin • Singapore • January-February 2006
Issue No. 31 • Jan 2006
Pg 1
季刊 / 第三十一期 赠阅精神领导:崇山禅师住持:释继闻法师主编:颜志豪出版:观音禅林印刷:健印务贸易公司
Spititual Leader: Zen Master Seung SahnAbbot: Ven. Chi BoonEditor: Gan Chee HauPrinter:
Kian Printing Trading Co.
(T) 6743 0478Publisher:kyclzen@singnet.com.sghttp://www.kyclzen.orgKwan Yin Chan Lin203C Lavender St, Singapore 338764(T) +65 63920265 • (Fx) +65 62987457Pengarang International Zen CentreLot. 109 Telok Ramunia, 81620Pengerang Johor(T) 0207 826 4848
MITA (P) No. 195/10/2004
 
Every-thingis ThatSimple
Zen Master Seong Hyang
(Holds the Zen stick and veryslowly traces a circle in the air, thenstrikes the Zen stick vertically onthe table.)
Very very slow.
(Quickly traces a circle in the airwith the Zen stick and strikes it onthe table.)
Very very fast.The Providence Zen Center has writtena song, and the main theme of the song istime. I think that is appropriate since theonly reason we’re here tonight is that peoplethink there’s time—coming and going, oldand new. There’s the idea that some people’s practice is faster than other people’s practice.That’s really a great dilemma for many of uswho practice—comparing ourselves to other Zen students, to our Zen Master, and to other Zen Masters—and thinking, “How well am Idoing? How much longer will it take me to feel better and be strong, to go out and make thismind light shine to other people?” Sometimes,unfortunately, our mind light gets a little dim,so most of us keep staying here and trying torecharge our batteries enough so we can go outanytime and help anybody.One thing that might make us all feel alittle better is that long ago, Zen Master Jo Jutook a very long time to understand himself.He became a monk when he was seventeenand started studying the sutras when he wastwenty for ten years. He didn’t understandmind, didn’t understand Buddha, even though
为什么他从未告诉我,我了解了一些东西?”禅师出来说:“这个人证得初悟。”我们在这里一年半了,没有人证得任何东西。就这个周末,这个人耀眼夺目。另一个人说:“禅师,我有话跟你说,但必须是单独的。”然后,他们出到停车场去,坐进我的车子里――什么地方不好去,竟然去我的车子。禅师回来笑着说:“这个人也了解了!”因此,我讨厌禅师,我讨厌这两个人。我想了很多:“这一年半以来,我做了什么?为什么我没有获得那样的关注?”第二天,我带他们到市区搭巴士。他们在讨论,开始比较各自所体悟的空性。我立刻了解那是错误的。我至少从禅师那里学到这一点。两三分钟后,他们开始辩论谁的空性体悟最深刻。所以,再次说明,证得开悟很容易,保持开悟很困难。我已经看到他们的心在动摇,他们的问题产生了。这些年来,我常想到赵州、惠能,以及那两位在周末来到禅修中心的年轻人。我想:“我修得如何?我如何运用我的时间?”新年到了,让人认真思考,你到底要做什么,要如何自我提升。这个星期,禅修中心发生了一件有趣的事。我们正在决定,咖啡应该是公共的还是个人的。有的人认为应该是个人的,有的人认为应该是公共的。最后,有人问禅师他怎么想。他很简单的说应该是个人的,因为它对你的修行没有帮助。那是唯一的原因。它给你不属于你的能量,你会依赖它,会成为坏习惯。所以,在禅修中心,它不应该是公共的。一切就是那么简单。咖啡是个人的,这是很简单的。我们尽力使自己坚强,以便帮助其他人,这也是很简单的。事实上,赵州用了六十年才完全了解,惠能也用了许多年才成为导师。我希望大家都能领悟,我们是赵州,我们是惠能,我们是来到禅修中心的那两个人,我们都有相同的清明心。总有一天,我们都需要提起禅杖,运用它,给与其他人正确的教导。刚才,这根禅杖在空中。一次,它很慢的划了一圈;一次,它很快的划了一圈。你想要哪一个?
喝!
欢迎参加新年庆祝活动。
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he had read and read and read. Then he becamea Zen monk and sat Zen for thirty years. Hesat and sat and sat—“What is Buddha? Whatis Mind?” —very hard training, until he was57 years old. Still he didn’t understand. Oneday, he asked his teacher Zen Master NamCheon a series of questions regarding the TrueWay. Finally, Nam Cheon said, “The TrueWay is not dependent on understanding or notunderstanding. The True Way of no thinkingis like space, clear and void. So why do youmake right and wrong?” Upon hearing this,Jo Ju’s mind exploded—KHHH!! He was 57years old. For twenty more years Jo Ju walkedaround and around, having Dharma combat
with all the Zen Masters he could nd in China.Then nally, at the age of eighty, he settled
down and went to stay in one monastery, andif people came, he’d give them teaching. Sothat’s the time it took Jo Ju to start teaching.But he actually had no idea of time. He onlywent straight ahead, day by day, and did whathe knew he had to do to become strong.At a very young age, another famousman named Hui Neng heard just a very fewlines from the Diamond Sutra and completelyunderstood himself with no practice at all. Buthe had a lot of karma. People were trying to killhim because he got transmission from a veryfamous Zen Master, the Fifth Patriarch, and became the Sixth Patriarch with no training,no education. So he had to go away in theforest for sixteen years and live with hunters.Finally, after that length of time, he came outand became a monk before he began teaching.So, as Soen Sa Nim has said many times, it’svery easy to attain Enlightenment, but it’s veryhard to keep it. Jo Ju understood that and Hui Neng understood that.
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Pg 2
 Excerpt of a formal  Dharma talk given on December 29, 1979
 
认识师父
[其实,一直都很想访问师父。总觉得虽然经常在禅林见到师父,但却对他的认识不多。因为师父很低调,对自己的事不会挂在嘴边说。这次,我们也是在劝说下,师父才答应接受我们的访问。至于大家是否会因此而更认识师父,那就因人而异了。]
:师父,请您谈谈您的学佛及出家因缘。答: 追求真理,服务众生。问: 师父在决定出家时,希望自己在佛教界做出哪一方面的贡献?而师父现在出家多年,又认为自己在佛教界扮演着怎么样的角色呢?答: 惭愧。。。无贡献。问: 师父曾到过许多国家跟不同的法师参学。您是怎样认识崇山禅师,而决定把他的教导带回新加坡的呢?答:在韩国认识崇山禅师大概是有缘吧!他的教导很适合现代人,简单、清楚而适用。如,原点(宇宙的本体)、实相(真理)、运作(时时清楚你的正确处境、运作与关系),生活在慈悲与智慧中,帮助一些需要帮忙的人。问: 大光禅师曾说过,菩萨道就如一只小鸟用额嘴含水去扑灭森林大火。您的看法如何?答: 不要执著语言与名相,这只是个比喻。问: 师父这么多年的辛勤教学,请问您教学的精华是什么?答: 只是去做,吃饭的时候只是吃饭、睡觉的时候只是睡觉。。。问: 观音禅林有许多不同的活动,如诵经、佛理讲座、佛曲班、禅修班等。为什么需要这么多不同的活动,而不单教禅法?答: 佛说一切法,为度一切众(心)。若无一切心,何来一切法?问: 师父对禅林未来几年有什么展望?答: 金刚经云:三心不可得。问: 禅林这几年会员逐年增加,我们也看到越来越多青年人对禅法有兴趣。师父对禅林的会员有什么忠告吗?
答:
是什么!
问: 谢谢师父!
About a year and a half after the Providence Zen Center rst began,
it was still a small temple, and we’d been practicing with Soen Sa Nimas hard as we could. We had Yong Maeng Jong Jins every month, andtwo young men came to practice with us one weekend. Well, one of them sat. He sat up very straight with the correct posture, and he putus all to shame. We didn’t have much form then, and I just slumpedand fell asleep, but this guy didn’t move—very, very strong sitting. Theother man never sat down; he always stood up. He had bad knees or something. He’d stand.During the interviews, I heard Soen Sa Nim laughing, telling thisguy how wonderful he was, and that he understood. I’d never heardhim say that before, and I became very jealous, thinking, “Whatdid he understand? How come he has never told me I understoodanything?” Soen Sa Nim came out and said, “This man attained FirstEnlightenment.” Now here we had been there for a year and a half andnobody had attained anything. Then, in one weekend, this guy wasshining. The other guy said, “Soen Sa Nim, I want to talk to you. It’s gotto be private.” So they go out and sit in my car in the parking lot—of all places, my car. And Soen Sa Nim came back beaming and said, “Thisman also understands!”So I hated Soen Sa Nim. And I hated these two guys. I did a lot of thinking: “What have I been doing here in a year and a half? And whydidn’t I get that attention?” The next day, I took them downtown to the bus station to take a bus somewhere. They were talking with each other,and they started comparing their emptiness experiences which I knewright away was a mistake. I’d learned that much with Soen Sa Nim.And after about two or three minutes they were arguing with each other about who had had the deepest emptiness experience. So, once again,Enlightenment is very easy to attain but very hard to keep. Already Isaw that their minds were moving; they were having a problem.Through the years I’ve had a lot of thought about Jo Ju, about Hui Neng, and about these two young men that came to the Zen Center oneday, and thought, “What am I doing? How am I using my time?” This New Year comes and it really makes you wonder what you are goingto do, how you are going to improve yourself. Something interestinghappened this week at the Zen Center. We were trying to decide whether we should make coffee public or private. Some of us thought it should be private, and some of us thought it should be public. Finally one of us asked Soen Sa Nim what he thought, and he said very simply thatit should be private, because it doesn’t help your practice. That’s theonly reason. It gives you energy that isn’t your own, and you can getdependent on it, and it can become a bad habit. So it shouldn’t be publicin a Zen Center.Everything is that simple. It’s very simple that coffee should be private; it’s very simple that we try to do as much as we can to makeourselves strong so that we can go out and help other people. Andthe truth of the matter is that it took Jo Ju sixty years to completelyunderstand that; it took Hui Neng many, many years to become a teacher.And I hope that all of us realize that we are Jo Ju, we are Hui Neng, weare these two young men that came to the Zen Center, that we all havethat same clear mind. Some day we will all have to pick up the stick anddo something with it to give people correct teaching.Before, this stick went up in the air. One time, very slowly, itcompleted the circle, and one time very quickly completed the circle.Which one do you want?
KATZ!
Welcome to the New Year’s celebration.Pg 3

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