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导读:Part 2: Walking The Path 第2篇:行道2-3. Stages of Practice 修学阶段  2-3-2. Come This Way 请跟我来  The praying and making offerings to the gods of Miss. Sujata, make us realize that this was already done before ...

  Part 2: Walking The Path 第2篇:行道

  2-3. Stages of Practice 修学阶段

  2-3-2. Come This Way 请跟我来

  The praying and making offerings to the gods of Miss. Sujata, make us realize that this was already done before Buddhism arose. This means that just wishing for something won't have results, if one doesn't start to do something about it. Results come from actions. So don't be lazy ; determine to train and practice yourself, by developing awareness continuously. It says in the commentaries, in the books, about awareness, that there are 2 things that are of great assistance, namely : 1. Sati - recollection, and 2. Sampajanya - awareness. Some people understand it half, some people understand it fully. The words 'of great assistance' mean to have great value but it is not reckoned in terms of money : 100, 1.000 or 10.000 baht, it's not like that. What it means is that whoever develops awareness highly, by being aware of the movements of both the body and the mind, receives lots of results and plenty of fruit in not having to experience suffering.

  从苏佳塔女士供养天神祈福这一件事,我们可以了解:这在佛教出现前就已经有了。这意味着如果只是一味祈求某些东西,而不针对祈求之事物去采取行动,那是不会有结果的。有行动才会有结果,所以不要怠惰,你要下决心持续努力培养觉性来修炼自己。经典及注释书中都提及觉性,并说:有两种极有帮助的东西,亦即1. 正念(Sati, 忆念);和2. 正知(Sampajanya, 觉性)。有些人对此一知半解,有些人则能完全了解。所谓“极有帮助”是指有很大的价值,但是!那不是用金钱来衡量的,不能用一百、一千或一万铢来算,不是那样的。它的意思是:任何人只要能持续觉知身与心的动转,努力地培养觉性,那么他不需历经艰难,便能得到许多成果。

  After prince Sidhartha had returned to eating normally, and the rice that Miss. Sujata had offered was all finished, he took the tray to the bank of the river and made a resolution, as I've told you before. Next, he went back to sit under the Bodhi-tree to work with the mind, - that's what it says in the books. We just believe the scriptures, without understanding the method to work with the mind that the Buddha used, and so doubt arises : how did He do it ?! Because we don't know, we go and recite Bud-dho, Samma Arahant, rising-falling or we count 1-2-3 or watch the breath, depending on our preference. And then we call it developing awareness or working with the mind. But developing awareness is not connected with having the eyes closed.



  After the prince was Enlightened, and had extinguished the fire of suffering, being the fully Enlightened Buddha, He directed his inner eye to his former teachers : the ascetics Alara and Uddaka. He exclaimed : 'They've died already'. The words 'died already' might refer to people who have so much knowledge that they are not willing to listen to anybody else.


  There is an old saying : 'Learning a lot makes for problems, learning little is a hassle'. It means, having studied a lot, one won't listen to anybody and one doesn't know the truth, and when studying only a little, one knows only little and so doubts all the time, never sure of a single thing.


  Not having the opportunity to save His former teachers, He set out to travel and meet the 5 ascetics. While walking, He met an ordained man by the name of Upakajivaka, someone searching for Dhamma, searching for liberation, searching for the Awakened one. On meeting the Buddha and seeing His inspiring demeanor, he asked : 'Who's disciple are you and which place do you stay at ?'. The Buddha answered directly : 'I'm not anyone's disciple and I don't stay at any place, I know, see and understand by Myself'. It's called being self enlightened.


  This story is interesting : we want to know the Truth, but when we hear the Truth we don't believe it ! Upakajivaka was like that. When he heard the Buddha's answer, he didn't believe it, he made faces to the Buddha and went on his way. This teaches us not to listen through views and opinions, but to listen with determination and to try it out with practice.


  I've read in the texts : Whoever develops the 4 foundations of awareness, as continuous as the links in a chain, the longest for 7 years, medium for 7 months and shortest from 1 up to 15 days, can expect one of 2 results, namely 1. to be an Arahant or 2. to be an Anagami, in this life-time.

  我曾在经典看到一段经文:「任何人只要能培养基本的四种觉知,使它持续如炼,最长七年,中等的七个月,最短只要1到15天,他就在今生便可得到二种果位之一,亦即:1. 得阿罗汉果;或2. 得阿那含果。

  There are people who have done it for 9, 10, 14, 15 or 20 years but don't understand. Doing it for 7 years and not knowing and seeing indicates that one is not doing it properly. As for the teacher who taught me, he said he had done it for many years and he did know, but he would still get angry. Anger is a defilement......


  Coming back to the 5 ascetics, at first they didn't believe the Buddha, so the Buddha told them to listen well. 'Have you ever heard Me talking like this before ?'. The 5 ascetics said : 'No'. One of them, Anyakondanya opened his eye that sees and knows the Dhamma, on hearing the teaching. As for the other 4, they didn't get it yet. The Buddha compared the transmission of the Dhamma with 4 kinds of lotuses : Enlightenment is like a flower receiving sunlight ; a fully grown flower is like someone with little dust in the eyes ; when the sun shines, the flower is touched by the warmth and opens up. That's why I said, in listening to Dhamma, determine to listen and practice accordingly, listen and watch your mind at the same time.

  回到五位苦行比丘来,起先他们不相信佛陀,所以佛陀便劝勉他们好好地听,佛陀说:「你们以前曾听过我这样说吗?」五比丘说:「没有!」但他们其中一位阿那康丹那(Anyakondanya, 阿若憍陈那),一听当下就开法眼,并且见法悟法,而其他四位则尚未了悟。佛陀用四种莲花来比喻传法的情形:「言下开悟的就像受阳光正照的花朵;眼中只有少许微尘的人就像含苞待放的花朵,只要太阳再那么一照,它就会受到暖触而绽放。……」这就是为什么我说:听法时,要决心听受并依法修习,要听的当下同时观照你的心。