Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Happiness results from Good Deeds

A florist, named Sumana, had to supply King Bimbisara of Rajagaha with jasmine flowers every morning. One day, as he was going to the king’s palace he saw the Buddha, with a radiating halo of light-rays, coming into town for alms-food accompanied by many monks. Seeing the Buddha in his resplendent glory, the florist Sumana felt a strong desire to offer his flowers to the Buddha. Then and there, he decided that even if the king were to drive him out of the country or to kill him, he would not offer the flowers to the king for that day.

Thus, he threw up the flowers to the sides, to the back and over and above the head of the Buddha. The flowers remained hanging in the air; those over the head formed a canopy of flowers and those at the back and the sides formed walls of flowers. These flowers followed the Buddha in this position as he moved on, and stopped when the Buddha stopped. As the Buddha proceeded, surrounded by walls of flowers, and a canopy of flowers, with the six-coloured rays radiating from his body, followed by a large entourage, thousands of people inside and outside of Ràjagaha came out of their houses to pay obeisance to the Buddha. As for Sumana, his entire body was suffused with delightful satisfaction.

The wife of the florist Sumana then went to the king and said that she had nothing to do with her husband failing  to supply the king with flowers for that day The king, being a sotàpanna(person who has seen the Dharma) himself, felt quite happy about the flowers. He came out to see the wonderful sight and paid obeisance to the Buddha. The king also took the opportunity to offer almsfood to the Buddha and his disciples. The king served the congregation of monks with choice food. At the conclusion of the meal the Buddha returned thanks, and surrounded as before by four sides of flowers and accompanied by a great multitude of people shouting in exultation, proceeded to the Monastery.

The king accompanied the Buddha a little way and turned back. Then he sent for the florist and asked him, “What did you say when you honoured the Buddha?” The florist replied, “Your majesty, I surrendered my life to him and honoured him, saying, ‘The king may kill me or banish me from his kingdom.’” The king said, “You are a great man.”

So saying, he presented him with eight elephants, eight horses, eight male slaves, eight female slaves, eight magnificent sets of jewels, eight thousand pieces of money, eight women taken from the royal harem, adorned with all the
adornments, and eight choice villages. These eight-fold gifts did the king give him.
Venerable Ananda thought to himself, “Shouts of exultation and acclamation have continued all during the day since early morning. What will be the reward of the florist?” The Buddha replied “ânanda, he surrendered his life to me and rendered honour to me. Therefore, because he has immense faith in me, he will not enter a state of suffering but will receive the fruits of his good deed in the world of the gods and in the world of men. One day he will become the solitary Buddha Sumana.”

 Source : atmabodha.com/buddha teaching

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

【佛教故事】惡口的報應

從前,舍衛城中有一個富翁,名叫師質,信奉佛教。有一天,他准備了美好的飲食,虔誠地供養佛陀和僧眾。佛陀受過供養,又開示一番,就領著眾僧回到精舍。歸來的半途,佛和僧眾在河邊的大樹底下休息的時候,從樹上跳下一只猿猴,求借佛陀的缽具。猿猴接過佛缽後,速去速來,並且在缽中又盛滿了甜蜜,雙手恭敬奉給佛陀。佛陀接受後,又把它分施給眾僧,令猿猴多得福報。猿猴看了,歡喜跳躍。過了不久,猿猴死了,轉世為人,生于師質的家中。出生的時候,家里所有的食具,都滿裝蜜糖。師質夫婦覺得奇異,就此把他取名,叫做蜜勝。

        光陰如箭,歲月奔馳,一轉眼,溜過了幾年,蜜勝已長大了,他厭煩塵俗,要求父母,允許他出家,父母高興地答應了。

        得到父母的贊許後,蜜勝到祇園精舍,投佛出家。因為他前世的善因,很快的証了果。

        有一次,他和同修比丘們出外度化的途中,感到熱渴異常,大家都想有一杯飲料。這時蜜勝比丘,將空缽向空中一擲,然後,雙手去接時,缽中已盛滿著佳蜜,送給眾僧解渴。回到精舍時,有一位比丘,就向佛陀請教道:蜜勝比丘,過去修的是什麼福?為什麼能在任何時間,任何地方,都能夠方便求得蜜糖?

        佛陀答道:你們記得在很久以前,有一只猿猴,求借缽具,裝了佳蜜,來供養佛和僧眾嗎?由于他的喜心施舍,死後就轉生為人;由于他的誠心,供佛佳蜜,所以今生隨時隨地都能夠得到蜜。

        佛陀說過以後,比丘又問道:佛陀!蜜勝的前世,又是什麼因緣,才墮生為猿猴呢?

       這時佛陀的四周,已圍繞著很多弟子,佛陀看了看他們後,才說道:
       “蜜勝會墮為猿猴,那已是五百生以前的事,也就是迦葉如來,在世的時候,有一位青年比丘,在偶然間,看見另一位比丘,跳過一條小溪,就笑他的姿態,如猿猴一樣,因此犯了惡語的罪。所以他墮落為猿猴,後來他知道自己的錯,曾向那比丘求懺悔,免墮地獄受苦,並因此勝緣,猿猴能遇佛得度,今生也很快的証了羅漢果。


       佛陀講完以後,諸比丘們都知道了,一句惡言,就能招來苦報,因此,大家再也不敢有戲言和惡口。因為因果是不會饒過人的。

Monday, 27 March 2017

佛陀與阿難,前世今生緣 (佛教故事)

在久遠劫前,一位老師父帶著一群年少沙彌在一間古寺里修行。他的教法很嚴厲,嚴格要求沙彌要精進用功,勿自我放縱,浪費時光。

老師父常對小沙彌們說:大家要精進用功,不管是行、住、坐、臥,一定不離經文。哪怕是在外托缽,走在路上也同樣要時時背誦經文。

其中有一位小沙彌,他謹記老師父的教法,依言奉行。有一天,他托缽出門乞食,眼睛專注地看著缽,直直地向前走,口里朗朗地背誦經文。

那時,有一位長者看見他,打開大門要讓他進去,可是由于小沙彌背誦得很入神,而忘記了要托缽,一戶戶地走過去。

長者看到小沙彌從他家門口經過,嘴里還一直念誦經文,沒有注意到周圍的情形,覺得這位沙彌很可愛!他就向前叫道:來,來!這位年輕的沙彌,你的缽還是空的,怎麼走過我家門口而不進來呢?

小沙彌說:長者,我太專心背誦經文了,所以走過頭而不自知!長者又問:你為何這麼專心,乃至于對周圍的環境都沒有感覺呢?

小沙彌說:我師父對我們的要求很嚴格,教我們要守住一念心,不能放縱,要時時精進。所以我們每天都要背誦很多經文,而且要背會才可以回去。

長者就說:你這麼用功精進,不如以後每天都來我家,我供給你滿缽的食物,那你就不用再費心沿路托缽了。

從那開始,日日、月月、年年,都是由長者供給他基本的生活所需,讓他無後顧之憂地修行。年輕的沙彌很感恩,更加專心精進、深入經藏。

佛陀說完這個故事,告訴弟子:當時的沙彌就是我,而那位長者就是現在的阿難。阿難生生世世都護持我,我則引導阿難入正知見,這都是因為過去種種好因緣的結果啊!


Saturday, 25 March 2017

淨空老法師:肯放下就快樂了

所以我們本師釋迦牟尼佛,他用這個名號是什麼?就是他一生在此時此處教化眾生的宗旨。因為這個地球上的人現在缺乏愛心,仁是推己及人,現在只知道自利,不知道利人,想到自己,不知道想到別人。仁是想自己就想到別人,以這個為宗旨,對待人要仁慈。對自己?對自己要清淨,寂默就是清淨,清淨是最高的享受。

真正的幸福享受不是有財富、有地位,不是的,身心清淨,沒有煩惱,沒有憂慮,現在人講沒有壓力。你說他活得多快活,每天活得歡歡喜喜,這叫幸福,這叫圓滿。如果有財富、有地位,生活在憂慮、煩惱之中,他沒有幸福,他一生過得很苦。最後走的時候,什麼也帶不走。

人活在世間幹什麼?快快樂樂,這就對了,千萬不要給自己找煩惱。要怎樣活得快樂?肯放下就快樂了。孔老夫子快樂,為什麼?恕,忠恕,不跟一切人計較,吃了虧快樂,上當也快樂。古人說得好,「吃虧是福」,吃虧不是禍害,是福,快快樂樂。決定不能有佔人便宜的念頭,那是什麼?

那是苦,那是見不得人的事情,會被良心譴責。現在的人良心沒有了,譴責沒有了,所以什麼事情他都能做得出來,那最後的收拾是老天來收拾。道德沒有了,倫理沒有了,法律沒有了,誰都管不上,那就老天來管,老天來管就是災難。災難怎麼來的我們就知道了。


文摘恭錄淨土大經科註(第五十一集)2011/11/18 檔名:02-037-0051

Friday, 24 March 2017

相由心生

淨空老法師:相貌是福報,福報大的人,一看那個相就好,福相

佛在經論上告訴我們,一切眾生的相,是業力變現的。相的好醜,就是善惡業的現前。

俗話常說:人心不同,各如其面。眾生的相貌為什麼長得不一樣?心不一樣,對於一切事物的想法、看法不一樣,所以相貌不一樣。

相貌是福報,福報大的人,一看那個相就好,福相。佛說相隨心轉,這個話是真的。

學佛講修行,從哪裡修?起心動念,從這裡修。 佛說相隨心轉,就是命隨心轉,什麼原因?吉凶禍福都在你的念頭。

所以真正高明的人,一看你的相貌,你心裡面所思所想,你的一生吉凶禍福,他都知道。 所謂誠於中而形於外,表裡決定一致,你外表怎麼樣的偽裝,都隱瞞不了的。

世間人用他的聰明掩飾得再好,可以欺騙一些愚人;真正有修養的人、有道德的人,你是決定沒有辦法隱瞞他的,他一眼就把你看穿了。

心善,相貌就慈祥;心惡,那個相貌叫人看到就覺得恐怖,可見誠於中,一定是形於外,這是沒有方法掩飾的。

一切眾生的相是業報身,這個一定要知道!你的惡念很多,貪嗔癡慢很多,相貌就不好看;你念念都是善,相貌就很好看,人家一看你的相貌,很慈祥、很有智慧。

南無阿彌陀佛


Wednesday, 22 March 2017

你的功德漏掉了多少?

  我們是凡人,一旦離開了佛堂,很快就會忘記自己是修行人,所以面對很多世俗的事情時,難免會產生煩惱;一旦有了煩惱,貪、嗔、癡、嫉妒、傲慢等就會自然表露出來,壞習氣會變成心上的賊,它們會像小偷一樣偷走我們辛辛苦苦積累的功德福報。為了不讓五毒” 把我們的功德燒掉,必須進行回向。

  如果現在你只有一杯水,當把這杯水放入大海,除非大海幹涸了,你可以永遠自豪地對別人說:大海里面,有我的一杯水。” 一樣的道理,我們只要把所做的功德回向給眾生,就不會因為亂發脾氣、嗔恨心燃起時把功德燒掉;就算燒起來也沒關系,因為只燒了屬于自己的一部分,回向給眾生的功德還是會成熟在我們身上。所以,佛陀說:為利益眾生而成就自己。” 一個人為眾生著想,最後成佛的是他;眾生只為自己著想,所以會墮落。

  回向可以真正地得到福報,讓福報真實成熟在我們身上。修行了很久,如果不好好地將功德回向,修跟沒修不會有太大差別,因為你很快會把功德都燒掉。保存功德的唯一方式,就是將功德存入眾生的福報銀行里,這樣才能取之不盡、用之不竭。這是功德回向的修學與益處。

  回向後大家再幫自己發願,願力也很重要。我們希望得到快樂,希望在事業上有所成就、家庭美滿,希望自己可以脫離輪回、往生淨土等等,都可以在回向給眾生後,再自己發願。

  我們因聞思修佛法而累積功德,很多業力會被淨化。用我們的菩提心,淨化自己的心,利益自己,更要無私利益更多眾生。自利可以成就法身,他利可以成就報身、化身。所以為了自利利他要把所有的功德回向給天下一切有情眾生,整個功德才圓滿!

文章来源:釋迦牟尼佛(圖片)社團


Tuesday, 21 March 2017

回向究竟有多重要?快来学习圆满你的功德!

回向是我们修行的过程中很重要的一种修行。不论我们种何种善根,做何种功德,我们做了后不回向,那么就不会有圆满的功德。

所以,回向就好像是一篇文章的结尾。我们修行完了后,就念诵回向文/回向偈,帮我们的修行结一个漂漂亮亮的尾。

我们通过不间断的修行,一次又一次的把每一次修行的成果回向给我们发的愿,那么这些修行的功德、福德,就会成为我们发的愿的因。经过不断地积累,最后,完成我们发的愿。



文章来源2017-03-09 果虚  每日修地藏


Monday, 20 March 2017

Buddhist Way Of Dealing With Difficult People

In the mundane world, we deal with difficult people almost of a daily basis. Whether they’re classmates, co-workers, bosses, neighbors, or random people – difficult people are everywhere! As Buddhist, we should know how to deal with such people and how to control ourselves. Yes, dealing with difficult people can be difficult, but just like our spiritual practice needs practice and development, so does our patience and compassion. Which just happens to be the solution to the problem!

With our patience and compassion we can overcome and let go of people’s negativity, rudeness, and ignorance. So maybe you’re your bosses person that gets them their coffee or tea. Your boss is rude and insensitive who never says please and thank you (which by the way, is part of loving-kindness practice, to not except returns from acts of kindness!). You bring them their coffee every morning and you stand there waiting for a thank you and nothing. Not even a glance or a grunt to acknowledge that you’re even there. So you walk away and sigh.

Don’t. Instead, the next time you bring them their coffee, make that cup of coffee the best coffee you’ve ever made! Put love and effort into it, make it a coffee that you just want to savor each sip, a coffee they’ll remember! Do this for a while. Then, take some cookies or a muffin with their coffee. Something you know they like or might enjoy. Do that for a while. Every time you take them their coffee, cookies or muffin, do it with a smile and tell them to “enjoy!” A smile is the best weapon for every attitude! Eventually, your boss will notice. Not only the really good coffee and treats, but they’ll notice you too. Maybe they’ll make eye contact, nod, grunt, or eventually even say thank you!

Your patience and compassion was noticeable! Yes, it might take some time sometimes, but it never fails. Often people treat rudeness with rudeness, and that’s never the right thing to do. That will literally just make things worse. If someone is rude to you, who cares! Their attitude and ignorance doesn’t affect you whatsoever. Only YOU can affect you! You simply treat their rudeness with a smile and a ‘thank you.’ Tell them to have a great day, to enjoy their day. Kill them with kindness! Sometimes this makes them even angrier and even more rude, but once they walk away and think about it, they’ll think, “That person was really nice to me and I took out my frustrations on them. Next time I’ll be nice to them.”

Some people’s personalities are just rude and unkind, and maybe no effort of patience and compassion will affect them and they’ll just have to suffer and spend an even longer time in Samsara. But other people might just be having a bad, rough, long day, or they might be in a hurry and they’re just not in the mood to talk or pay attention to you, so they’re rude and unkind. So why would you want to make their day worse and be rude and unkind back? Instead, smile. Your smile will remind them to smile too and it’ll have some effect on their mood and make it just a little bit better.

The Buddha once told this story: An ugly, hideous, smelly, and gross looking monster went to see an emperor at his palace. When the monster walked in, the guards saw the monster and knew he didn’t belong there, so the guards screamed at the monster, calling him names and threatening the monster. And for every rude thing the guards said, the monster grew one inch bigger, uglier, and smellier. The guards then pulled out their swords, waving and striking it towards the monster and still yelling at the monster, and with every strike and word, the monster grew one inch bigger, uglier, and smellier. The monster got so big, it took up half the size of the courtyard. Then the emperor walks in and sees the monster. The emperor opens his arms and yelled, “Welcome!” And the monster grew one inch smaller, less uglier and smellier. The emperor offered the monster water and food, and the monster grew smaller, less uglier and smellier. And with every kind word, gesture, and action, smaller, less uglier and smellier the monster got. The monster got so small, that one more kind word it would disappear, and it did.

So remember this story. No matter how ugly (verbally) or unkind someone may seem, patience and compassion will seize the day! So always practice and strengthen your patience and compassion. Remember it can help you and the other person, and then that person will remember your patience and compassion and hopefully develop those skills for themselves and practice it. Show people how to act and be. The best way to be a Buddhist is to practice compassion and have others see that in you and practice it themselves.


Source : enlightenmenthuman.com