Friday, 19 January 2018

8 Things to Remove from Life

1. Excuses
We don’t blame others for our life. We are fully responsible for our own life and situation. We hold the power to significantly improve our life. When you make up excuses, you are lying to yourself, which will hold you back from fulfilling your dreams.

2. Perfectionism
Trying to achieve perfection is a waste of time. Instead of worrying about the mistakes that you have made, simply focus on trying to better yourself with small steps. No one is perfect, but anyone can make the decision to be a better person.

3. Fear
Many people keep quiet during discussions when they want to say something; they avoid taking risks; and they always think about the worst-case scenario. This fearful attitude will stop you from achieving your full potential, so remove it from your life and be brave instead; speak up, voice your thoughts and actively chase your dreams.

4. The Need To Control Everything
You can’t control everything and trying to do so is a futile task. It will only make you feel stressed, upset and frustrated. Instead of trying to control everything around you, make an effort to care less about the things you can’t control and focus on the things that you can.

5. A Fixed Mindset
Lots of people have a fixed mindset and they make no effort to learn more or change their perception. This makes them hard to become more successful as their mindset is stuck in the past. Try to embrace knowledge and learning, and remember that you can always become wiser.

6. The Desire For Overnight Success
Some people believe that the majority of successful people became successful overnight or by chance. While luck can certainly play its part, you can’t rely on luck to become successful. In reality, success takes time and dedication, so you should plan for the future as well as the day ahead of you.

7. Toxic People
Remove the negative and pessimistic people from your life and replace them with optimistic and supportive people who genuinely care about you. You will find that you will be more motivated and happier.

8. The Need To Say Yes
We sometimes struggle to say no to the people around us. We end up wasting time doing things that we don’t want to do and other people might start to take advantage of us. Be brave and say no when you want to; only you can make the priorities of your life.

Source : enlightenment.com



Thursday, 18 January 2018

在日常生活中如何安心?

曾經有一位居士問我:「現代人的生活節奏都很快,在日常生活裡很難攝心,該怎麼安心呢?」

我說:「還是可以安,快有快的安法,慢有慢的安法。」

慢的安心,安於每一個分解動作都清清楚楚。快的安心,就要知道自己的心是什麼狀態,知道自己是不是正在做不該做的事、正在想不該想的念頭。

有些人無法自己安心,總要說一些讓別人痛苦的話,讓自己有所發洩。但如果對方不願意當你的垃圾桶,馬上又把情緒丟回來給你,你發洩不成還得雙倍回收,那就很痛苦了。


所以我們要將煩惱「消歸自心」,也就是將自己的煩惱從自己的內心消除。這該如何做到呢?一是慈悲自己,一是慈悲他人,把心從當前的境界收回來,不要一直和它抵抗、敵對,也不要受它的影響,如此就能安心。

(摘錄自《用寧靜心擁抱世界》)
文/聖嚴法師.圖/施純泰

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

驯服牛般的调伏心念【阿含经漫画故事】




本则漫画参考《杂阿含第1169经》、《相应部六处篇六处相应第205经》。
心念和牛一样都需要调伏,如同禅宗讲的牧牛,是属于根律仪的修行,对意门的不良动机(贪、嗔、痴)警觉防护,让心念变得稳定而专注。
参考经文:

如是我闻
一时。佛住拘睒弥国瞿师罗园
尔时。世尊告诸比丘。若有比丘.比丘尼。眼色识因缘生。若欲.若贪.若昵.若念.若决定着处。于彼诸心善自防护。所以者何。此等皆是恐畏之道。有碍.有难。此恶人所依。非善人所依。是故应自防护。耳.鼻.舌.身.意亦复如是。譬如田夫有好田苗。其守田者懒惰放逸。栏牛啖食。愚痴凡夫亦复如是。六触入处。乃至放逸亦复如是
若好田苗。其守田者心不放逸。栏牛不暴。设复入田。尽驱令出。所谓若心.若意.若识。多闻圣弟子于五欲功德善自摄护。尽心令灭。若好田苗。其守护田者不自放逸。栏牛入境。左手牵鼻。右手执杖。遍身捶打。驱出其田。诸比丘。于意云何。彼牛遭苦痛已。从村至宅。从宅至村。复当如前过食田苗不
答言。不也。世尊
所以者何。忆先入田遭捶杖苦故。如是。比丘。若心.若意.若识。多闻圣弟子于六触入处极生厌离.恐怖。内心安住。制令一意。诸比丘。过去世时。有王闻未曾有好弹琴声。极生爱乐。耽湎染着。问诸大臣。此何等声。甚可爱乐。大臣答言。此是琴声。语大臣。取彼声来。大臣受教。即往取琴来。白言。大王。此是琴作好声者。王语大臣。我不用琴。取其先闻可爱乐声来。大臣答言。如此之琴。有众多种具。谓有柄.有槽.有丽.有弦.有皮。巧方便人弹之。得众具因缘乃成音声。非不得众具而有音声。前所闻声。久已过去。转亦尽灭。不可持来
尔时。大王作是念言。咄。何用此虚伪物为。世间琴者是虚伪物。而令世人耽湎染着。汝今持去。片片析破。弃于十方。大臣受教。析为百分。弃于处处。如是。比丘。若色.受.想.思.欲。知此诸法无常.有为.心因缘生。而便说言。是我.我所。彼于异时。一切悉无。诸比丘。应作如是平等正智。如实观察
佛说此经已。诸比丘闻佛所说。欢喜奉行

文章来源菩提漫画的博客

Monday, 15 January 2018

Q:迴向與一般的祝福有何不同?

A:祝福的原意是求神賜福,現今意指希望對方得到福分。迴向則是分享,簡單來說,就是把自己得到的福分分享出去,因此兩者概念不盡相同,但可以連用。


對佛教徒來說,迴向更深一層的意義,在於藉由利他來成就自己的一種修持,例如,將布施的功德迴向給一切眾生,這是利他,當我們生起「與所有人分享」這一念心的時候,就是在練習放捨。迴向眾生、讓眾生歡喜,是一份慈悲;斷我執、離煩惱,這不就是智慧了嗎?因此迴向看似簡單,但在修行上來說,卻是核心中的核心。

摘自第413期《人生雜誌》,文/編輯室,圖/梁中楠

Sunday, 14 January 2018

《令佛歡喜的方法》 達真堪布

眾生歡喜,佛就歡喜;眾生安樂,佛就安樂。若是你真的想讓佛歡喜,想報答佛恩,唯一的方法、唯一的選擇,就是讓眾生歡喜,利益眾生。佛把眾生都視為最親的親人,佛唯一的願望就是利益眾生。為了能利益這些父母眾生,佛可以上刀山、下火海,從不顧惜自己的身體和性命。佛救度與悲憫眾生的慈願已經達到了無以復加、無法言喻的程度。他把眾生視為親人,為了利益一切眾生而不顧一切,甘願自己轉生於餓鬼道、地獄道等惡趣。
 
既然如此,我們若是去傷害眾生,讓眾生痛苦,佛還能歡喜、快樂嗎?這是對佛恩將仇報。對佛來說,這是最大的不敬。若是你傷害眾生、讓眾生痛苦,即使你在佛前裝模作樣磕一千、一萬個大頭,甚至將身體、受用、善根統統都供養給佛陀,也報答不了佛恩。就好比一個人周身燃火,即使給他世間一切的欲樂,如好吃的、好穿的、金銀財寶等,這個人的內心也不可能生起絲毫的歡樂。

同樣的道理,如果你傷害眾生、讓眾生痛苦,無論你供養佛什麼東西,做任何事情,磕再多頭,佛也不可能歡喜。若是你真想供佛,就應該去利益身邊的眾生,讓他們高興。對佛來說,這是最大的恭敬、供養。

所以,眾生對我不好、傷害我,但是為了報答佛恩,為了讓佛歡喜,我寧願真正地修安忍、善待眾生,因為這是唯一讓佛歡喜、報答佛恩的方法。

Friday, 12 January 2018

到底誰在布施誰?

有一位很貧窮的老婆婆,蜷縮在一間破草棚下,衣著破爛,重病在身。一天,佛陀的十大弟子之一大迦葉,來到了她的棚前。

老婆婆看到竟然有人來找自己,甚為驚訝,連忙起身問:「大師,找我有什麼事嗎?」

大迦葉說:「我是尊貴的世尊門下修行之人,請求您的布施。」老婆婆的眼神寫滿了疑惑、驚訝:「讓我布施你?」

「我得了重病,每個人都不理我了,我快死了!我哪有什麼東西布施給你呢?」說著,老婆婆禁不住落下淚來:「我就是想給,也沒東西好布施啊。」

大迦葉再次懇求,老婆婆難過不已,滿面愁容:「你作為修行人,我有東西的話,真的很想布施給你啊。可是怎麼辦,我眼前有的,只是別人不要的東西。」

老婆婆環顧四周,看了又看,說:「我只有這又酸又臭的米湯,哎!真是丟臉呀!」

大迦葉懇切地說:「施主,我還是希望你能布施你的米湯給我。」老婆婆用不可思議的眼神望著大迦葉,問道:「你真的要啊?」 大迦葉肯定地點點頭。

老婆婆雙手顫巍巍地端起自己的破瓦罐,把半罐散發著酸臭味的米湯,緩緩倒進了大迦葉的缽中。

大迦葉雙手捧起缽,慢慢地喝下所有的米湯。老婆婆難以置信地看著......

大迦葉看著老婆婆,說:「謝謝施主!有幫助別人之心的人,在精神上是富足的人。」

「有羞恥之心,敢於反省自己的人,就已經是一個求道的人了!」

「現在你已經具備懺悔心和布施心,佛會保佑你的。」老婆婆百感交集,淚流滿面,再三叩謝大迦葉......

誰在布施誰呢?
人人皆可成為布施者,人人也都在被布施。

Thursday, 11 January 2018

今日教言

🌻2018.1.11 | 今日教言🌻
无论遇到什么事、什么人,我们最好是观清净心,不要随便毁谤。作为一个佛教徒,对佛教、对众生有意义的话,或者跟生活有关不得不说的话,那可以说;但无关紧要的无稽之谈,尤其是伤害众生的语言,一律不要说。 ——《修心八颂要义》


Wednesday, 10 January 2018

All Sentient Beings Love Their Lives

The Buddha told Śāriputra, “Know that the karma of killing sentient beings has grave consequences. Once you and I visited the city of Pāṭaliputra and there we met Devapatī, the daughter of an elder. She gave birth to a boy who was comely beyond comparison, just as the goddess-daughter Red Lotus Flower is unequaled. This mother loved her son very much. Holding the boy in her arms, she came to the place where I was. She said to me, ‘World-Honored One, My son is so lovely that he is like a celestial boy. My love for him is a billion times my love for myself.’

“Then I told her, ‘Good woman, know that ordinary beings love their own lives, and that their self-love is like an ocean swallowing all streams, never satiated. You say how much you love your son. What is your proof?’”
That woman answered, “World-Honored One, I love my son. Even if a fire is burning my body, I will never abandon my son.” To transform that woman, the World-Honored One, using His spiritual power, manifested four yakṣas [i.e. demonic ghosts who eat human flesh], who approached from the four directions, each holding a mountain of fire. When the fires were still far away, the woman used her body and her clothes to shield her son. When the fires drew near, she raised her hands and used her son to shield her face from the fire.

The Buddha asked the woman, “You say that you love your son. Why are you using your son to block the fire and save yourself?” Then the woman answered, “World-Honored One, to save myself, I would not save this son.” The Buddha used His spiritual power to give coolness to both mother and son. She then activated the unsurpassed bodhi mind [i.e. Bodhicitta]. The Buddha told that woman, “If you love yourself and your son, why would you kill and make others kill?”
Sūtra of Accepting the Ten Good Karmas as Precepts (受十善经
Translated by Rulu
Source : thedailyenlightenment.com

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

念經、聽經有秘訣! 净空法师

這就是我常常告訴同修,每天念經決定不要想經裡面的意思,不能想,你想經裡面的意思就是增加妄想。念經是修定,這部經展開來從頭到尾念一遍,這一遍一個小時,至少我這一個小時不打妄想;這一個小時不打妄想,這一個小時業障就消掉了,念經的用意是在此地。不能研究這一句什麼意思,那一段什麼意思,那就增長業障;不但沒有消,業障在增長。諸位一定要明白這個道理。聽經也是如此,坐在這兩個小時,聽懂一句就一句,聽懂兩句就兩句,不要去研究;研究,你又再打妄想。你果然是不用研究心,心裡在那靜靜的聽,不分別也不執著,不打妄想,這兩個鐘點在修行,同樣的戒、定、慧三學增長。所以凡夫很多人修行不能成就,方法搞錯了。


經只要一直念下去,不管它什麼意思,念的清清楚楚、明明白白,把自己的妄想分別執著念掉。照這樣說法,隨便念什麼經都可以對的在理論上講一點都沒錯。為什麼要念《無量壽經》我念別的經還不是一樣嗎念《無量壽經》是釋迦牟尼佛教我們念的,是十方三世一切諸佛如來教我們念的。老師教你念,你聽話就好,為什麼跟老師抬槓理論上是不錯,念任何經都一樣,都是消業障,可是到最後的功德利益不一樣。原因在哪裡最後的功德利益,這部經無比的殊勝,不相同。