心之道
  • 心不跟隨現下煩惱,不隨就不會生滅。
  • 學佛,就是學著拭去塵埃。
  • 不要看小小的慈悲,它是無盡的善心、無盡的智慧、無盡的接引。
  • 禪修,讓思緒單純,讓靈性清楚顯現。
  • 念頭在心頭,不舒服;轉個念頭,心頭就開。
  • 煩惱如同下雨,當雨過天晴,雨復何在?
  • 懂得消化煩惱,便能讓生活自在逍遙,讓生命更寬廣。
  • 負面是惡業,消極是惡業,悲觀是惡業;正面積極樂觀,就是生活禪。
  • 生命是不斷流動地,安靜下來,才能沉澱,才能傾聽。
  • 不執著、不妄想,當下即圓滿。
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幸福人生

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禪是智慧的實踐學。所謂的「禪」就叫做不昧因果,知因知果,在生活上不昧因果,不昧因果就是在明白裡做好,所以明明白白叫做禪。禪就是找回自己,找回自己之後去慈悲一切,你看哪一個開悟的禪師不是這樣?開悟自己就把自己放下了,去做慈悲的事情,就為眾生用整個生命去付出,因此我們也可以說禪就是自省,自己反省自己,然後去做更多的奉獻,更多的服務,也是一個自覺覺他的行為。

而當我們真的反省到了,我們就明白了生命的源頭,事實上它本來就存在,只是我們沒有注意到,所以必須用一個方法讓它開竅,等到開悟了就可以真正的活,為自己活,為眾生活,是一個真正能夠付出的生命。

所以幸福的人生怎麼來?就是為大眾服務,自私就永遠不會快樂,有愛心才會快樂,沒有愛心就找不到生命的喜悅,所以慈悲就是一個快樂的源頭,所謂的慈悲就是憐憫跟付出,幸福就是因為我們肯定自己,然後再去肯定別人。所以說要找到生命的意義,就是找回自己的本來面目,這個找回了以後,生命意義就有了,我們就會肯定自己,更肯定每一個人都是這個樣子的,所以幸福是找回自己跟為奉獻別人。

─── 心道法師


A Truly Happy Life

Chan is learning to practice wisdom. What we call “Chan (Zen)” means not to be confused about cause and effect, to know the cause and to know the effect, and to know them in our own life. Not to be confused about cause and effect means to do the right thing with full understanding and clarity. In other words, the practice of Chan means understanding and clarity. Chan means finding our True Self, and having found it, to embrace everything with compassion. Can you find any truly enlightened Chan Teacher who would not be like this? To enlighten oneself means to completely drop the self, practice compassion, and live one’s entire life serving others. Therefore we can also say that Chan is the contemplation in which we contemplate ourselves and then dedicate ourselves even more to others, serving others even more. This is the practice of enlightening self and others.

Once we have a breakthrough in our contemplation, we come understand the principle of life itself. That principle has been right there from the beginning, except that we had never noticed it. Therefore we need a method to allow this principle to come into the open. Once we become enlightened we can truly live life. This is a life lived both for oneself and for all beings, a life that is truly rich and prolific.

What is the secret of truly happy people? It is serving others. Selfishness will never make us happy – only a heart full of love will do so. Without a heart of love we will never find the joy of life. The principle of happiness therefore is lovingkindness. Lovingkindness means compassion and service. Our happiness comes from realizing what we are and what others are. If therefore we want to find the meaning of life, we need to find our original face. Once we have found it, we have found the meaning of life. Then we will realize that we are like this, and that others are like this too.  Happiness therefore is realizing oneself and serving others.

Dharma Master Hsin Tao
(Translated by Maria Reis Habito)