Sunday, April 5, 2009

老实的念佛 - 冯冯作

冯冯居士有很多很好的文章, 我需要时间品尝. 这里就有一篇 '老实念佛' 的文章和您分享. 请多多念佛. 请用心..我就是犯了以下的错误....

...有些人信佛,但是並不常常念佛。有些人信佛,平常不念佛,到了臨急瀕危才呼喊佛號。俗語所謂「平時不燒香,臨急抱佛腳」。

又有些人念佛之時偷工減料,不老老實實誠心念佛,只當作例行日課,數衍了事。口念心不念。又有些人口念佛,心卻早已飛到聲色犬馬去了。更有些人一面念佛一面打瞌睡,甚至於在佛堂上也會鼾聲大作,口角流涎。

更多的人是根本不念佛,其中大多數是自以為很科學很時代化,誤以為信佛念佛是迷信。「念佛?」他們會得這樣說:「那是老太婆做的事。」

這一種是不學無術無知而愚昧,又不肯去研究最新的太空時代科學,故此不懂得太空物理越來越多發現佛學的精深奧妙是宇宙中的至理,這種人可能在其專業上有若干的成就,但是在精神上是極端空虛的徬徨的,沒有寄託的,苦悶的,痛苦的,更不用說他們不能去了未來的生死大事,將來黃土一坯,形神俱滅,這種人聰明還被聰明誤!

如果說他們是愚昧執迷不悟,那麼還有更可嘆的另一種人,那就是有些已經接受了佛法,甚至於已經精研佛理的一些學者,他們拿佛學當作一門學術來研究探討,他們的理論文章寫得頭頭是道,精析入微,處處表現得學貫中西博通古今,廣徵博引,考據認眞,推敲不厭其煩瑣,但是,他們心中並不眞正相信佛教,也不念佛,也不茹素,依然是飲酒食肉,更不守五戒,從不皈依三寶,他們唯一講佛理之時就是在他們的文章上,或者在大學學府的講堂或研究室裏。這一種不信佛的佛學學者,還眞是為數不少,自然,不能一概而論,也還有很多理行合一篤信佛教的眞正佛學大家,旣篤信也念佛亦守戒亦修行,畢竟這種眞正的言行一致的眞正佛學學者是少於上面說的那一種不信佛的佛學學者!

不信佛的佛學學者,只可稱之為佛學「偽學者」,他們的聰明比一般常人為高,可是,他們運用其聰明才智來鑽研佛學,卻不去接受佛教,更不修行,這種執迷不悟,比一般常人不信佛,更為愚昧無明,這種「偽學者」,只是以佛學研究論文或講學作為混取學位或大學聘書或沽名釣譽的工具。私底下的行為是另外一回事,每餐非肉不飽,無酒不歡,名利之所在,趨之唯恐不及,更有「寡人之疾」。邪行穢為,自命為灑脫,居然託言為禪,這種偽學者,自負大聰明,殊不知被大聰明誤得更深!這樣的學富五車,倒不如一字不識的文盲罷!

無知而致愚昧不學佛不念佛,以致沉淪於疾苦之中,已屬可憫。聰明廣知而自恃聰明,不肯學佛不念佛,更是可悲!所云聰明極點,其實只不過是愚昧極點的變相而已!

又有些人雖信佛,但是不肯念佛,只是企圖全用自力去修行。又有一種人,太過執空,妄生己見,迷不自覺.

又有一種人,自謂:「卽身是佛,何須念佛?」凡此都是太過自信,而不肯念佛接受佛力的接引。這也屬於自愚自棄!

永明禪師的著名偈句說:「有禪有淨士,猶如戴角虎,現世為人師,當來作佛祖。無禪無淨土,鐵床與銅柱,萬刧與千生,沒箇人依怙。」

「有禪」就是明心見性,這是自力的修行功夫。「淨土」卽是發菩提心生信發願持佛名號求生淨土。
參禪未悟,或悟而未徹,這是一般人最易犯的錯誤,尤其是禪學傳到西方社會來,已經走了樣兒,禪字已被曲解,酒肉男女,亦稱為禪,放浪形骸不守戒律,亦稱為禪,呵佛罵祖,亦自謂禪,人人以談禪為時髦,卻不去發菩提心,不肯生信發願,不肯念佛,似懂非懂,似通未通,似悟實迷,會得幾句「口頭禪」,便自以為得證菩薩十地境界,這種人都是自誤而已,其聰明才智,其實正是修行的大障礙!

人的自力是有限的,佛的願心與慈悲則是無限的。人的自力,好比細微的針,佛力則好比巨大無比的磁山。我們在學佛修行,必須明心見性以求清除自身的一切絕緣障礙,再加以誠心勤力老實念佛,接受無限的佛力接引,才是事半功倍之道,兩者缺一,都是不太好的。如果自恃聰明,不肯老實念佛,或自恃自力,不肯念佛,想要憑自力斷除煩惱,要做到淨盡無餘無漏,那就太不容易了。

學佛者,必須老實誠心淨意念佛!

27 comments:

丘妈妈 said...

明义法师,接触佛理不比我们少吧,你看,他做出什么事来,唉,还是别说了!

Anonymous said...

不止明义法师,很多都是满口佛理,佛法,头头是道,外表庄严,慈悲,可是。。。唉。。。信他者还是看不清,还“慈悲”地为他”辩驳“。。。慈悲也要有智慧,不要做不明,无知的佛教徒,不要盲目,迷悟于犯法,犯戒的任何人的。佛理不是用来为自己或任何人一错再错用的。

不是不给机会,而是要有智慧。要不然就是好比好心做坏事,纵容犯法者。明知故犯是罪加一等的。天子犯法,与民同罪!

不是针对明义法师或佛教,但是知道太多这种例子,不相信也不行,对于宗教的信心也快没了。

Anonymous said...

how come he draw so high salary? how come he needs to have salary?Whatever reasons, commit fraud and crime is wrong and what's more not just one. I agree compassion has to be used in the right way. I don't think he is totally not guilty but I agree that chance is to given but punishment is also unavoidable. NO MATTER WHO,doing charity or voluntary works,etc, doesn't give one the rights to commit fraud,crime or lies for own interest or even others interest.

Irene

过路人 said...

冯冯作这篇文章有几个败笔。

首先这篇文章的目的应该是用来鼓励人们多念经,然而,他采用了指责的手法,这一来很容易令人反感,犯了兵家大忌。

第二,读完整篇文章都没有说明念经的好处,为什么要念经,他自己似乎也不清不楚。

第三,许多学者是把佛经当着中华文化的一部分来研究,难道学儒家就要参加孔教,学道家也要天天念道家的经典,那么同时修儒释道岂不是很忙吗。。。哈哈哈

佛教是讲求缘分,难道一个生长在一个无法接触佛法的地区的人是错的吗?这恰恰也是时常用来责问为什么神制造人又让他生长在一个无法认识“神”的地方,那这个神是不是对这个人很不公平。。。?但在佛教就不一样,因为佛教还有来生,今生无缘就等来生嘛,你急什么急?

过路人 said...

佛教讲求佛法,同时也讲求世间法。

一个人是不是犯错,在世间法有法律来裁定,在法律还没判罪之前,这个人还是清白的,我们不应该把自己当着法官来看待。。。

假使一个人犯了错,即使世间法判他无罪,佛法还是会制裁他,同样的,我们也做不了主,所以我们不应该在一个人背后妄下定论他到底有罪还是无罪。在圣经里也有说thou shall not judge,不是吗。。。?

过路人 said...

在指出冯冯居士无法阐明念经的好处和为什么要念经之后,如果自己也就停在那里也是说不过去,所以有回来说多几句。

毕竟佛经不容里理解,而且随着生活历练的变化,对佛理的了解也会改变,不要说念经,可以的话还要把经文给背下来,有时可以回味和重新思考。

念经最大的益处是培养一个人的定力,不信你试试看心无旁骛的把一部《金刚经》从头到尾读一遍。

我相信还有更多念经的理由,但又一时想不上来。。。呵呵呵

Anonymous said...

Buddha's teachings is not to be used to reprimand anyone but I saw and hear many buddhist and even monks 采用指责way. Many tends to use on others but not on themselves, be it monks or us. I know even monks are still not enlightened but I also have a very big question as why monks (not just rev ming yi) draw very high salary and need to have salary in the first place?

Just chanting or having great knowledge of buddha's teachings or able to deliver good speech on buddha' teachings is practically empty or useless without practising and not to say doing opposite. And one who don't practise and set good example shouldn't consider to be real buddhist but only a good chanter or good preacher. We are not enlighten but that's not a good excuse/reason.

I know of ppl who are free thinker but they are actually doing or practising buddha's teachings without knowing. No wonder Buddha "predicted" that Buddhism will diminish and that many "evil people" will disguise as monks to destroy buddhism. (Correct me if I am wrong). I think many ppl uses Buddha's teachings accordance to their own advantage and what they preach and do is in the opposite.

"Don't look at others faults but reflect on ourselves" is a very commonly used. I heard of many preachers/buddhists say that but they use that to reprimand others and not to reflect themselves.Maybe there are really good practisers (who may not be buddhists) but is really very disheartening to know not many.

I do believe chanting has merits but realise that is only during chanting sessions, there is "peace" but when ends, is back to "the same" even in the temple (gossip, backstabbing,jealousy,scolding, anger,"fighting",etc).

PS:I am not saying I am a good practisioner but what I said is not makeup story. No malice intended.

Anonymous said...

I missed out a point, I also realise that many buddhists actually idolise monks and manyh will "fight" for monk's attention, will get jealous of other buddhists, etc.If ask buddhists, many(not everyone lar) will say they go to that particular temple or chanting because the particular monk she idol is there...the purpose is "wrong" but that's happening in many. I know is one's affinity but what I am saying I know many of them do want to chant but their motive of going is because of the particular monks and as I said, most is "peace" only during chanting session.

I stress again that no malice intended.

过路人 said...

Religion is indeed very personal, if once is not ready to accept, leave it alone, and don't use hard sell method to force he or she to accept.

On question that how come he draw so high salary? I have no answer, I don't know, and I don't think its right to use our yardstick to measure other...

How other ppl behave toward their religion would not bother me, what I need to watch out for is I myself, am I having a correct approach towards my life? Am I doing things in line with buddha's teaching or the religion that I belive?

Anonymous said...

Maybe not asking why draw high salary..ask 'where the salary goes too'!

from Roll by...

过路人 said...

Yes, ask where the salary goes to is a good question.

Anonymous said...

Is it so important to you why a monk draws high salary? Nothing is free in this world. The next you will ask why people give ang pows?

Will you believe if I tell you how he uses his 'high' salary? So if you don't, what said will be an excuse, isn't it?

It is a committee that decides what salary the members should draw. I am sure you are not ignorant to this. He did not dictate his own salary.

Lian, I can see you are a follower of Peter Faun's books and his articles. You posted one of his many articles and this one presumes everyone knows the benefits of concentration but looks like it is unlikely.

Everyone here is expressing their views on right and wrong and what should be done or should have done. We are all looking at 'outside' but forget to look 'inside'.

Anyway there are people who tried to be impartial. After spitting at Buddhism said that all religion is alike. There is no religion worthy of venerating..how sad. I suppose we are our own GOD. That is also why this world is so chaotic, everyone takes onto themselves and do what they think is right. Take a gun and shoot if you are not happy, after all there is no religion, no God, no Karma.

Sorry Lian, I am just putting my worth here. By the way, I am a Christain. After saying that, I did not 'step' on someone who makes a blunder. I did not condem all religion. To each his own!

Roll by...again!

Lian莲 said...

大家,

你信不信佛教,那是你自家的事.我没有要求您的共鸣.这篇文章是给我和我的朋友们.我们犯了同样的错误.

丘妈妈,我很难过.这篇文章是说专心念佛. 这以名明义法师没相干. 就因为你开了头, 很多不能把自己名字报上来的'趁火打劫'. 写出对法师的不尊敬.

我错了! 我是出之好心因为我没有专心念佛. 现在我是好心做坏事.

请不要把法师的事般到我的网络来讲.我没有在讨论明义法师.对法师不满意就去问他..他害了你自家或他骗了你的钱? 你是为自己还是为大众还是另有目的,对我不重要.就到此为止吧!法师的新水高和低关我什么事?

Roll by,谢谢你.我造恶业了.因为我..口业已经造成了.

过路人 said...

莲,不要自责,这不是你的错。

无论做什么事,出发点和过程比较重要,结果就要听天由命。。。

你的出发点是对的,你也只是想要鼓励大家多念佛,这在佛经里是称为法施,你将会得到功德的。

莲 said...

谢谢过路大哥的谅解.

Robin said...

The first important teaching of the Buddha is the Eightfold noble path..

and the most important path we need to practice is right speech.

This is my sharing.

Lian莲 said...

Yes, I always remember
U - Right Understanding
T - Right Thoughts
S - Right Speech
M - Right Mindfulness, and
C - Right Concentration.

Thanks for the reminder, Robin.

Lian莲 said...

and

A - Right Action
L - Right Livelihood
E - Right Effort

Therefore a total of Eight. These reminds me of the monk who make it so easy for me to understand and remember, Ladi Sayadaw from Myanmar and my beloved late Master Pra Achan Chai.

Anonymous said...

Right speech doesn't means that when someone did wrong, we keep numb or silent about that. What if our silent or only say "good words" indirectly or directly causes other to be victims? I used to practise like you are doing right now, but, I realise that need wisdom to apply. Not engaging in discussing,etc, doesn't means practising right speech. I know you think is not up to anyone to judge,say, make judgement,etc, about what he/monks did,etc, but talking and questioning and even pointing out our doubts, facts, what he/monks did,shoulds and shouldn't,etc, doesn't means breach of right speech. Buddhists are too "engrossed" in talking about 造口业 but is only "selective". I am not talking about venerable ming yi but about the noble eightfold path. Is very good but has to apply with wisdom. Like I asked, if telling others about a person's wrong doing or bad personality will prevent others from being hurt,cheated, is that consider 造口业? Some will argue should give chances,etc, but must it wait till "someone" got cheated again, or "something" happen again to say out? or even then, you will still keep silent but is 造口业 and not compassion?

Similarily,if lies are to save a life (just like buddha lied to save the rabbit life),then should be but too sad to say, lies on the other hand is used so "lienently" or to one's advantage. So right speech,etc, is to be used with wisdom and "correctly", just like compassion and others.Doesn't mean talking about those things is 造口业.ACCEPT that something has happen or a person did something which we didn't expect is more "realistic" rather than avoiding or keep silent.

Lian莲 said...

Anonymous..You win. You refuse to see what I mean and you got my message wrong.

Right Speech has more to it than meet the eye. Cheating and being cheated - it is one's will. No one hold a gun to say you must donate money. If u wish to do so, it is your own accord.

What do you understand by 造口业? who造who? I am talking about myself, I did not imply any other person. So you read the message as I was pointing at others?

In this mundane world, everything happen with a reason.

I only have one message...

To those who believe, no explanation is needed. To those who don't, no explanation is possible,

Sorry I do not have the Wisdom to answer or solve what you have posted.

Thanks for contribution.

Robin said...

...

Karma is a vehicle in our belief system.. It is not a blind faith nor a case of disprove.

If you plant a durian seed, dun expect to get mango fruits.

If anyone do something wrong, the appropriate effects will come round.

Such is the law of Karma.
普萨帕因, 众生怕果。

If I know that my speech today will ultimately cause no benefits but harm to any sentient beings, I will refrain from making it. (and I am only stating for myself)

Peace, compassion and wisdom always.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous..You win. You refuse to see what I mean and you got my message wrong.

You are so childish...what do you mean by "I win"??? I never want to win or lose but jsut my view which are different from you and you are unable to take it different views. Is not a matter of me refuse to see what you mean at all, and you are putting words in me and I can also say you refuse to see what I mean! I am not pointing at what you say as I am generalise and I am sure if I am directing at what you say about yourself, I am still wrong because you are also refusing to take in different views and thoughts from others and I am only saying what I see, doubt, know but since you refuse to see different views,ok, I shall stop writing! You are better at words than me, and ok, I LOSE and YOU WIN!

I shall stop here.

Lian莲 said...

Ha..When I say you Win. Means I cannot go on explaining my stand because ou cannot see eye to eye.

Why get angry? I did not say you are wrong? Like I said, what a monk did is not for me to comment. That's all. So why fight over what a monk did or did not do and get angry over other people's affairs?

I accept all what you said about me with thanks. I am not better in words. If I do, you will not get upset.

I know this is coming. It is always the case. We get upset over things that are other people affairs. To me it is not worth it. I only care about myself, my peace of mind and others doing right or wrong is theres. Like I said I am full of defilements.

Once again, thanks for pointing out my faults.

Lian莲 said...

Oh! one more thing lah! I am not childish...I am more childlike!

In the eye of a childish kid or a childlike kid, the world is a rianbow and everything is interesting lah!

Have a good weekend.

Anonymous said...

Hello Lian

You are indeed interesting. Slap right face, give Left face. The best part is you can laugh at yourself.

Anyway, we are all talking about a point. No one need to agree but I think it is more childish in calling people names.

Roll...by..Tom

Anonymous said...

I think she is not childish or childlike but very clever. She didn't give her left face but slap both sides of the person face without him/her knowing and most of all, she polishes her own face very beautifully.

Tony

Lian莲 said...

Hello Tom, thanks for compliments. So you invited more slaps for me? Ha.a.a.a.

Hello Tony, thanks for compliments too. Yup, after get slaps must apply foundation so that cannot see marks. Always must maintain a beautiful face...very important. People see face, no time for internal values.

:)