Tuesday, April 18, 2017

第17世大宝法王纪录片《乘愿再来九百年》



Finally! So happy to get to watch this documentary 第17世大宝法王纪录片《乘愿再来九百年》 during Tergar S'pore's practice session last Sunday.

法王最后开示说:
智慧就是要了解自己的真相,
了解这个世界的真相,
然后知道这个世界跟真实的情况:
整个宇宙、整个世界是相互依存的,
在这相互依存的世界里,
才能找到真正的自己。
未来是无尽,
此生是暂时,
所以我们要为未来打算,
虽然我们死去,
我们的能力还是会存在,
就是如此。

We were also told to discuss what 's the meaning of life after viewing the DVD.
A question that I am still searching for an answer as I am still leading such a mundane life...

After class, more reflection on the question.
Eons vs 900 years vs 80 years of average life span
80 years is nothing ... in comparison yet we made such a fuss out of it that the compassionate Buddhas and Bodhisattvas have to come back for us again and again.

Just 80 years is like eternity to us but in reality, it is just a small fraction of eons.
And yet we are still immerse in this world stage of defilements and ignorance, unable to emerge out of it.
Then the thought:  how did the first self-attaching "I" arise?
So had a quick goggle and following related articles shown up with blessings of Triple Gems...

How Were The ‘First’ Humans ‘Created’? (Part 1: Sutta Summary)
Taught by the Buddha, the Agganna Sutta is fascinating because it demystifies many mysteries, such as how the universe, the Earth, humanity, civilisation, defilements and spirituality evolved – with practical perspectives too. 
During the previous cyclical contraction of the world system a long time ago, beings were mostly karmically born in the Abhassara (Brightly Radiant) heaven, where they dwelled afloat in self-radiance for a long time, feeding on bliss from meditative absorption. When the world began to expand again, most of them are reborn on Earth. After a long time, a sweet savoury earth spread over its dark waters. One of the beings tasted it on a finger out of greed, and craved for more, followed by the others, as they broke and ate pieces of it. As a result, their luminosity disappeared, and the moon and the sun ‘appeared’ (in contrast), distinguishing night and day, months and the seasons.
The more the beings ate, the coarser their bodies became. As arrogance and conceit arose when the better looking ones despised the uglier ones, the savoury earth disappeared, leading to lamentations. In replacement, a sweet mushroom-like fungus cropped up, which they ate for a long time, as they became coarser and further differentiation among themselves. With more arrogance and conceit, the fungus disappeared and was replaced by bamboo-like creepers, followed by fragrant rice free from powder and husks, which replenished itself over a day or night. After feeding on it for a long time, female and male beings developed sexual organs, as they became lustfully preoccupied with each other. Those seen indulging in sex were barred from villages for a month or two, while they built dwellings to hide their activities.
It then occurs to one of them to be lazy, to gather rice for both breakfast and supper at once instead of twice a day. Gradually, the others also gathered for more and more days. When the rice was stored, powder and husk began to envelope the grain. Where it was reaped, it did not grow again, and they had to work harder and harder to tend to it for food. Lamenting that wicked ways have become rife among them over time, which affected the changes, they divided the rice into fields with boundaries. When a greedy one stole crops from another’s plot, he was caught and reprimanded. However, he repeats stealing, which led some to hit him with fists, sticks and stones.
The beings then appointed the best-looking, most pleasant and capable one to censure and banish those who deserved it, giving him a share of their rice in return. He came to be called Maha-Sammata or ‘the people’s choice’. Thus began the ‘Khattiya’ or ‘Raja’ class, who were supposed to be ‘lords of the fields’ and ‘he who gladdens others with Dharma (Truth and the path to it)’. Some thought that they ought to put aside evil conduct (such as murder, theft, sexual misconduct and deceit) and came to be known as ‘Brahmins’ and ‘Jhayakas’, which means ‘they who put aside evil unwholesome things’ and ‘they who meditate’. They made huts for forest retreats and meditated there, gathering alms for their morning and evening meals in villages. Some who were unable to meditate settled around villages and compiled texts, and came to be known as ‘Ajjhayaka’ or ‘they who do not meditate’.
Some others paired off, adopting many trades, and came to be known as Vessa (traders), which means ‘various’. Some went hunting, and were known as ‘Sudda’ (hunters) or ‘they are base who live by the chase’. All the castes’ origins were in accordance to the ‘Dharma’ (and how it was interpreted), and not by others. Some Khattiyas, Brahmins, Vessas and Suddas who were dissatisfied with their own ‘Dharma’, renounced household life to be wandering Ascetics.
Karmically, anyone who was ill in thought, word and deed, and had wrong views would be reborn in a lower realm in suffering, while anyone who was good in thought, word and deed, and had right views would be reborn in a higher realm in bliss. Those who have mixed karma experience mixed consequences, while those properly restrained could eradicate their defilements and attain Enlightenment, becoming chief among others in accordance with the Dharma, such as the Buddha, whose wisdom and conduct is the best among humans and gods.
(Source: http://thedailyenlightenment.com/2010/03/how-were-the-%E2%80%98first%E2%80%99-humans-%E2%80%98created%E2%80%99-part-1-sutta-summary/)

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问:什么是生与死?
仁波切:佛教相信轮回,在轮回中身心不断流转,身和心的状态不断改变,而轮回的流转却永不止息。例如:一个人死了,进入轮回的中阴身,身与心将如影随形,像水和杯一样,可以不停地改变形状;就像电线和电,电线如身体,电如心。如果用来开动电脑,就有电脑的应用,如果用来开风扇,煮咖啡.......也能呈现出不同用途。
当身体转为动物,人类或鸟兽时,心的功能将随之改变。

问:生命的意义是什么?人生的目标是什么?
仁波切:对于一般的人来说,人生的目标就是获得快乐,每个人都在找寻快乐,盼望快乐,但是对于我们,在佛教来说,生命的目标就是认识本性(本来面目);照见你身心中本有的佛性。如果你觉悟到你的本性(佛性),那么,你人生的目标就是获得解脱。


问:什么才是真正的快乐?它和世间的快乐有什么分别?
仁波切:真正的快乐发自内心,不假外求。世间的快乐,一般会心随境转,例如拥有物质,不一定快乐,也许有一点点快乐,但它会随着境遇的改变而改变。
真正的快乐,本自具足,不会因外境的转变而转变。

摘录自香港佛教刊物《温暖人间》,於今年9月采访明就仁波切。
(source: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1131285686951507&set=a.817931468286932.1073741829.100002102608833&type=3&theater)
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心的明光是自我照亮的,猶如蠟燭的火焰一般,既是光明的來源,也是光明本身。
“明”從無始以來就是心的一部分,是“本具”(本來就有)的覺性,因此,我們無法像利用體能訓練來鍛煉肌肉一樣,去“鍛煉出覺性”。覺性不是“被訓練出來”的,你唯一要做的就是去認出它,只要注意自己是“覺知的”就行了。

My teachers described the clear light of mind as self-illuminating – like the flame of a candle, which is both a source of illumination and illumination itself. Clarity is part of the mind from the beginning, a natural awareness. You can’t develop it the way, for instance, you develop muscles through physical exercise. The only thing you have to do is acknowledge it, simply notice the fact that you’re aware. 

~ 詠給明就仁波切《世界上最快樂的人》Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche “The Joy of Living”
(source: https://www.facebook.com/kagyumonlam/photos/a.313376598711076.66951.303948426320560/1202293853152675/?type=3&theater)

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Need time to digest...

Friday, April 14, 2017

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION OF GARCHEN RINPOCHE!

Happy 81st Birthday! May you stay young and healthy with long life to teach all sentient beings!  祝您身体健康, 长久住世,法轮常转!
Visited DTDL for celebration and One of the main events is to recite above Sutra text and write/trace the Sutra container...
 Benefits of writing the Sutra container Unfathomable Life and Transcendental Wisdom!
Lights also offered and Birthday song sang and cake eaten... and also short teachings by Dorzin Rinpoche on importance of Guru Devotion...

May we all  practise well... Lama Chenno...

礼敬阿弥陀佛
请您加持在世间努力不懈教化众生的仁波切。
让他长久住世,色身能更灵敏,继续他的菩萨行!
让世间的我们有位身体力行菩萨道,学习的好榜样!
阿弥陀佛_/|\_

Dear Amitabha Buddha,
May you bless your ambassador in samsara who earnestly teaches...
May the living Bodhisattva who is great inspiration to us be in good form and health, live long to continue brighten up the lives of many via his Bodhisattva acts.
Amituofo _/|\_

Saturday, April 8, 2017

净界法师~ 禅观与净土 - 往生篇


Some pointers from the talk attended and pardon again for the incomplete and/or misunderstood notes :
Day 1
专注 归依 深觉业障重, 信弥陀大愿可救拔
我们主导, 佛陀响应~感应道交

 万般皆是业 心能改变

真如三眛
跳脱今生,  回到无生
因缘所借 ~ 主动归还 ~ 从未拥有

佛教放眼未来
本来无身/
超越水泡
心安住。
借来的东西还回去
寂灭为终
断相续
开创未来
往生愿想#

Day 2 (absent but sharing by sister A)
Critical part is when you are dying, need to have clarity of mind that you do not want anything (attachment) from Samsara.
Realise that you are part of emptiness.
If you are well prepared and practice well - need only chant Amituofo once.

The Visualisation of the Pureland taught.

Make sure in Samsara- do 1 important thing - ->finish your good or bad karma
Follow Buddha's method of Visualisation. Have image of Pureland when you are passing.

Day3




Monday, March 6, 2017

Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche teaching on “The Ornament of the Mahayana Sutras” in Singapore



Really good teachings by Rinpoche and he began by giving a good introduction to prepare us on the text.
Again below are just some pointers and pardon sought for any misunderstanding or misinterpretation.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

釋迦牟尼佛成道日


農曆十二月初八,吃臘八粥的由來
海濤法師:

2017/1/5 釋迦牟尼佛成道日(法寶節)

農曆十二月初八,是釋迦牟尼佛成道日,也叫「法寶節」。因為釋迦牟尼佛成道,而講出佛法——令任何有情離苦得樂的方法。
更重要的,「成道」,我們要知「道」,瞭解這個「道」。
這個「道」就是我們大家在讀誦的《心經》任何經典,所以也叫「法寶節」。

當然,為了紀念釋迦牟尼佛成道,所以大家吃臘八粥臘八粥有八種殊勝的食物合起來,這個八種,最主要在佛教裏面講的是什麼?就是「八正道」。

「八正道」:
第一、正見。
第二、正思惟。
第三、正業。
第四、正語。
第五、正命。
第六、正精進。
第七、正念。
第八、正定。
有了八正道就可以解脫輪迴。

那麼為什麼要吃臘八粥呢?
因為釋迦牟尼佛脫離苦行後,經過尼連禪河來到菩提迦耶苦行林,那個時候,他找了一棵菩提樹下坐下來:「我要放棄苦行修中道之行」。

那個時候,蘇妲耶牧羊女供養了釋迦牟尼佛,由五百隻牛轉乳…,就是提煉再提煉,合起來的一碗乳糜。然後釋迦牟尼佛把這一碗乳糜,捏成四十九顆。

釋迦牟尼佛講了一句話:「不成正覺,誓不起座」。所以各位,今天還沒開悟的都不能起來喔。
佛陀發這個願,所以就一天吃一顆乳糜,維持整天的身體的營養,這樣要來斷除煩惱,找出所有眾生離苦得樂的方法。

所以我們吃臘八粥不要白吃好不好?
你能夠把佛法應用在你身心的淨化,
你能夠把佛法應用在利益六道有情,
這樣你就在實踐佛陀的 正道。

所以我想,我們也要「常隨佛學,恆順眾生」,我們要按照佛陀的八正道,真實地去實踐自利利他的波羅蜜,更重要的「願六道有情離苦得樂」!
(Source: 
https://m.facebook.com/groups/1628752750755436?view=permalink&id=1666366383660739&ref=bookmarks)

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每年的農曆臘月初八,民間有吃臘八粥的習俗,這一習俗來自於佛教。
大約在兩千五百多年前的一個四月初八日,悉達多太子在印度迦毘羅衛城的釋迦族中誕生。
其母摩耶夫人四十四歲時,夢見白象入胎而有妊。
翌年,途經藍毘尼園時,稍作休息,即誕下悉達多太子於無憂樹下。
相傳悉達多太子是從摩耶夫人的右脅出生的,而且出生後立即步行七步“七步”意指超越六道輪迴),作獅子吼道言:'天上天下,唯我獨尊。'(此“我”係指與宇宙合而為一之大無我,亦可作佛道解,因順此方餘俗,假名“我”)。
悉達多太子長大後,想知道一般老百姓的生活是怎樣的情形,是以出城郊遊,遊了四門後,見到人生,生、老、病、死的慘狀,於是發心離宮出家求道。
首先至苦行林尋師訪道,不知不覺就過了五年;在這五年中間,太子先後跟隨了很多苦行者學習修道的方法,但最後太子發現,這些修道者所追求的不過是想往生天界的快樂!因為天界仍在輪迴內,還會受到生、老、病、死的束縛,不能算是離苦得樂的真實覺道。
於是,再南下摩竭陀國拜訪了阿羅藍仙人與鬱陀羅迦仙人,學習禪定的方法,然而對於如何解脫生死,仍然沒有任何幫助。
心想,既然自己想要追求的真理,無法在別人那裡如願求到,那麼何不用自己的力量來完成呢?於是他決定放棄參學的生活,獨自來到伽耶山附近的苦行林中,開始了苦行的生活。
經過六年苦修,太子心中漸漸的明白,解脫的大事並不是光用肉體受苦就可以得到,因為苦了肉體反而是執著肉體;不能忘懷肉體,心就無法清淨,心不清淨,則一切污穢不能消除;污穢如果不能消除,又哪能走上解脫的大道呢?
於是太子決定放棄苦行,前往伽耶山附近的尼連禪河畔,準備讓清淨的流水,先洗去身上的積垢,再從事心理的清潔。
因為太子的身體經過長時間的苦行後,已非常虛弱了,以致當他浴罷起身的時候,竟因過分的疲勞而倒在尼連禪河的沙灘上。
幸而碰上一位叫做難陀波羅的牧羊女正巧路過,供養乳糜,太子因而恢復了氣力。
渡過尼連禪河,走到伽耶山旁,獨自端坐於菩提樹下,思維解脫之道,並誓言:“我若再不成功,無法了脫生死,而到達正覺涅槃的境界,誓不離開此座。”
最後於臘月八日,終於降服魔軍、魔女,夜睹明星大徹大悟,佛陀在菩提樹下成道時說:“奇哉,奇哉,大地眾生,皆有如來智能德相,但以妄想執著,不能證得。”
而成就無上正等正覺的佛道。
在這六年苦行中,每日僅食一麻一米。後人不忘他所受的苦難,於每年臘月初八吃粥以做紀念。
“臘八”就成了“佛祖成道紀念日”。
臘八”是佛教的盛大節日。以前各地佛寺作浴佛會,舉行誦經,並效仿釋迦牟尼成道前,牧女獻乳糜的傳說故事,用香谷、果實等煮粥供佛,稱“臘八粥”。
並將臘八粥贈送給門徒及善男信女們,以後便在民間相沿成俗。據說有的寺院於臘月初八以前由僧人手持缽盂,沿街化緣,將收集來的米、栗、棗、果仁等材料煮成臘八粥散發給窮人。傳說吃了以後可以得到佛祖的保佑, 所以窮人把它叫做“佛粥”。
南宋陸游詩云:“今朝佛粥更相饋,反覺江村節物新。”
據說杭州名剎天寧寺內有儲藏剩飯的“棧飯樓”平時寺僧每日把剩飯曬乾,積一年的餘糧,到臘月初八煮成臘八粥分贈信徒,稱為“福壽粥”“福壽粥”意思是說吃了以後可以增福增壽。可見當時各寺僧愛惜糧食之美德。
臘八粥在古時是用紅小豆、糯米煮成,後來材料逐漸增多。
南宋人周密著《武林舊事》說:“用胡桃、松子、乳蕈、柿蕈、柿栗之類做粥,謂之'臘八粥'”。
至今江南、東北、西北廣大地區人民仍保留著吃臘八粥的習俗。
所用材料各有不同,多用糯米、紅豆、棗子、栗子、花生、白果、蓮子百合等煮成甜粥。
也有加入桂圓、龍眼肉、蜜餞等同煮的。
冬季吃一碗熱氣騰騰的臘八粥,既可口有營養,又可以感念 釋迦牟尼佛“不為自己求安樂,但愿眾生得離苦”之偉大弘愿。
~ 轉載 ~
(Source:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1921559611413413&set=gm.1286900678022529&type=3&theater)

Sunday, January 1, 2017

2017 Aspirations

In 2017: 
My goal is not to be
Better than anyone else,
But to be better than
I used to be.

A beautiful aspiration from 【慈悲生命协会 - Compassion Life Society】 (https://m.facebook.com/Compassion.Life/photos/a.222753034428219.49665.220237744679748/1258527327517446/?type=3&source=48)

I just visited a temple and overheard a kid doing repentance for his imperfections in the past year and wishes for new year under guidance of his mother.
What a good reminder to begin new year. 💗🙏💗

刚才经过福海禅寺就进去礼拜,听到—位小朋友约六岁吧,在母亲的引导下,天真无邪地向佛菩萨忏悔过去一年所不圆满的事,一件件淸淸楚楚地例出,如没有作功课,没有听父母的话,对弟弟发脾气等,又祈愿新的一年要更乖,完成去年不圆满的事。
小朋友的告白令我汉颜!过去一年或多年,我也有很多不圆满之处,尤其对父母家人不够体贴😬😓。
惭愧!得向小朋友学习怎么开始新的一年🌷 🌷 🌷

希望新的一年,
少让父母担忧,智慧,慈悲,福慧都增长, 处事更圆滑。好好照顾身体好修行。希望禅净,显密的修行更圆融通达。精进,信愿行更坚固,菩提心增上。


祈愿众生
离苦得乐,好愿圆满,
得遇正法,善知识,上师,
欢喜欣受,被带领走上菩提道,
精进,速成佛果!
往生者
往生西方极乐世界,莲品高升!
阿弥陀佛!🙏 🙏 🙏