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【證嚴上人開示】
我們應該:
日日心存感恩
能生世值得佛法
滋潤甘霖雨露
增長我們的慧命
想想看,是是不要日日感恩呢?我們說過了,在回向發願,人人心中都有此祈求,願生生世世,能在在處處,無論在什麼地方,我們所得到的都是,很好的執政領導者,能弘揚佛法,讓佛法、道德觀念非常普遍,我們也期待,我們所出生的家庭,是一個正知正見,奉行正法的好家庭,我們也不希望會生在,邪思邪見的地方。
所以這也是我們祈求未來的人生,生命的去處,我們還要祈求,我們無論生在哪裡,我們都是蓮華化生,或是,「種族尊勝 安穩快樂」,能夠「衣食自然」,這都是大家的祈求,要如何能蓮華化生呢?除非你能生在淨土,阿彌陀佛的極樂世界。
西方極樂世界到底在哪裡呢?不遠,我們要預約人間淨土,所以清淨的地方就是淨土,因為我們大家都是以佛教法,我們要奉行菩薩道,我們走的就是在菩薩道上,菩薩就是不捨眾生,既然不捨眾生,我們一定要再迴入娑婆,假使又再迴入娑婆,娑婆世界稱作五濁惡世,這樣又是要求生淨土,又是要迴入娑婆,要怎麼辦呢?
當然這是願力,不是業力,我們若發心發願,甘願來迴入娑婆,入此五濁惡世之處,那就是我們要度眾生的願,當然娑婆世界有富貴貧賤,有邪正見解,當然我們也很期待,我們所生的家庭能是,清白無瑕這種家庭,也就是種族尊勝,如此,自然我們就安穩快樂了。
在這種即使是物質清貧,但是心清淨,我們就能常常都很滿足,只要無所求,生活物資我們就不會求很多,知足者心常樂,所以我們常常抱著感恩心,無論一粒米、一條紗,我們都感恩,足夠了、足夠了,這樣已經很好了。
所以這份感恩心,就是因為我們在佛法中,常常都是沐浴在清流中,我們有佛法來滋潤我們,我們的心能在佛法中成長慧命,有智慧的人,就不會貪著世間的物質,所以自然就很知足,人間事事都很善解,這樣的人生是不是很豐饒呢?就是很富有了,這就是我們所要追求的,再下來這段懺文這麼說:
又願生生世世
在在處處
慈仁忠孝
等心濟物
不生一念逆害之心
這段文,不只是等到未來,現在就要開始了,我們的心境,以及我們無論在家庭、在社會、在人群中,我們要培養這念慈仁忠孝。
看看現在的社會,要能慈仁忠孝,這樣的人生實在不容易,對人與人之間要有慈,做長輩的人對晚輩也要有慈,慈就是無所求的付出,只希望人人幸福,人要像慈父,所以說是父慈。
釋迦牟尼佛來人間,不就是將所有的眾生視為己子,所以釋迦牟尼佛也是眾生慈父,家庭的一家之主,也是一樣要為慈父,父母在養育孩子就是慈,無所求的付出,對下一代的人不斷如此付出。
但是現代人是愛呢?是慈?還是寵?現在的人就是欠缺智慧,只會愛,變成溺愛或是寵愛,所以就是現在的人,欠缺那分智慧,即使有愛,也無法做到慈字。
看看釋迦牟尼佛他的智慧,來教導眾生,把眾生當作他的孩子,又愛又有智慧的教育,所以要做到這個慈字,真的不容易。
還有「仁」,仁,人與人之間有這個仁字,那就是厚道的人,道德很厚,所以這叫做仁心,不只是對下一代,所以這個人字的意思就是厚道,道德的觀念很厚,所以這就是不僅對長輩的敬愛,也要對平輩那分的愛,甚至對晚輩,這種倫理道德都能做得好,這種慈仁忠孝,這實在很不容易,現在的人很稀罕了。
過去的人也不是很多,那就是說,在過去唐高宗的時代,當時他也在提倡家庭的孝道,其中有一個家庭,就是有九代的家族同堂,都沒有分開,這個家庭,由張公藝他來擔任家長,整個家庭的家長,有九代人同堂,所以常常都得到皇帝會表揚他。
有一回唐高宗皇帝,他覺得這到底是怎麼樣?經營這個家庭的呢?這個大家庭大家族,為什麼能和睦?能夠都不分家?所以他就到了張公藝的家,當然皇帝來到這個地方,當然是很光耀的事,大家都是很恭敬,迎接著皇帝來臨,皇帝看到他們,這麼和睦的大家族,他就問,問這位張公藝說,你到底是怎麼主持這個家庭,這個家庭能如此和睦,九代同堂,這位張公藝他笑而不答,拿起筆來開始就寫,忍忍忍,寫了一百個忍字。
百忍,看了很感動,這位皇帝感動到流下眼淚來,可見百忍之中包括了多少辛苦,所以因為這樣感動了皇帝,所以說來,要這麼多人住在一起的大家庭,必定要有慈仁忠孝,慈仁忠孝不能離開一個忍字,所以人群中,人與人之間能互相忍讓,才能人與人相處,在娑婆世界五濁惡世中,我們要如何,生生世世發願迴入娑婆呢?也要練一個忍字。
在我們的靜思堂,有一群社會青年菁英,五、六百人齊聚一堂,他們就是慈青,他們組織了慈懿的研習會,慈誠懿德,因為慈青人人都畢業了,畢業之後,個人就在社會就業、創業,所以人人已經在社會,開始獨立門戶。
但是他們在慈青時代,來瞭解慈濟、投入慈仁忠孝,每回來參加慈青生活營時,都有很多,慈誠爸爸、懿德媽媽,這樣來陪伴他們,來引導他們,他們能投入慈濟,體會靜思的生活,所以他們要畢業之前都是發願,要如何生生世世做好慈濟,傳承靜思法脈,甚至他們發願要來,弘揚慈濟宗門。
所以他們畢業之後,組織了一個學長會,這個學長會,他們就是各人畢業,各人去就業了,但是他們還會回過頭來,在帶新的慈青,一屆一屆的社會大學青年,他們又再回來帶他們,所以他們現在,也很多人都受證了,受證慈誠,受證委員,委員就是懿德會,慈誠就是慈誠會。
所以他們又再回來,換他們委員慈誠,要再來傳承法脈和弘揚宗門,他們很精進,每年的學長會年會照常開,愈來愈多人,已受證之後做慈誠委員的,他們一樣還是照常在精進研討,要如何帶人,這種發心立願,以恆常心。
去參加他們圓緣,聽他們又推動一個,「晨鐘起,聞法香」,在一早,五點半開始就要起床,開始就是要聽「靜思晨語」,即使他們回到家裡,無論他是在就業上班,或是自己做家庭,但是都是這些慈青,這一群年輕人他們互相推動,到這個時間,大家互相叫醒了,大家在這個時間就要準備了,開始開電視或是開電腦,開始聽「靜思晨語」,所以聞法香,聽到他們在分享,每一個人都很堅持,而且推動得很有成就。
這種友誼能永遠連結在一起,這種精神不斷推動,在傳承下一代下去,你們想,若像這樣的孩子,絕對是家庭的好弟子,絕對是社會的精英,絕對是傳承正法的好人才,所以他們這樣,以慈仁忠孝這樣的心情,如此,不是自己家裡的人,能那麼多人,現在是上千多人,不斷這樣在傳承,尤其是我們慈濟這個大家庭,已經這麼多的地方,大家共同一志,大家做一樣的事,人與人之間互相,不是一個家族,卻是做一樣的事,這個大家庭,你想,需要忍還是不必呢?
人與人之間,家庭生活的文化不同,人與人之間,每一個人的學識也不同,年齡也不同,語言也有很多不同,這是不是要在那個字,忍、忍、忍呢?一忍千忍才能讓心開闊,一個忍字,雖然是很辛苦,但是這就是在修行,我們在修行,哪一天不必忍呢?忍著睡眠不足,忍很冷的時刻,忍著很多很多,忍人與人之間,不同的臉色,不同的聲調。
每天都要忍,一個忍字雖然辛苦,但是天地寬,我們能包容天地,我們能推動人生佛法,法輪能不斷輪轉下去,所以說來「等心濟物」,我們人與人之間要有平等心,不會分別是你、是我,你的環境比我差,你的學問比我低,不會,我們都是平等心,所以說是「等心濟物」,對富者我們要教育,對貧者我們要救濟,教富濟貧,其至我們現在濟貧,同時我們也在教富,這佛法甘露普潤一切,但願人人的慧命能不斷生長。
所以我們若能,這種「等心濟物」,「不生一念逆害之心」,這是不是最慈仁的心呢?就如長輩在疼惜自己的子女,下一輩的人,下一輩的忠孝,對朋友要忠,對長輩有孝,這種好像一個家庭一樣,所以說一個家庭,九代人會住在一起,他就要百忍了,我們是天下人為一家,你們想,我們是不是要修千忍呢?不只百忍,是千忍,就要打開我們的心門,我們才能「生生世世 在在處處」,「慈仁忠孝 等心濟物」,「不生一念逆害之心」。
各位,學佛其實要下功夫,我們若不付出一分功夫,我們哪能修養過來呢?我們若無好好修養,我們哪能得到,生生世世、在在處處,我們都能有這分,慈仁寬大的心呢?所以我們要時時感恩,我們對人人要能等心濟物,教富濟貧,心不要生起一念逆害的心,所以在日常生活中,我們一定要以寬大忍讓,這樣來面對日常的生活,時時感恩,所以大家日日要多用心。
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Lecturer: Master Cheng-Yan
Subject: Teach the Rich, Help the Poor (濟貧教富)
Let us be grateful every day that we are born into a life where we can be nourished by the Buddha-Dharma, which, like rain and dew, helps our Wisdom-life grow.

Think about it. Shouldn’t we be grateful every day? As we said, when we make vows and dedicate merits, in our hearts, we all pray that in every lifetime, in every place, no matter where we are, we will have a great leader in power who can promote the Buddha-Dharma so that Dharma and ethical values will be prevalent. We also hope that we are born into a family with Right Knowledge and Right Views, one that upholds and practices Right Dharma. We hope not to be born into a place with deviant thinking and views. This is what we pray for regarding our destination in a future life. We also pray that no matter where we are born, we may be transformation-born into a lotus or “born to honored and victorious families, live stable and peaceful lives, and easily obtain food and clothing.” This is what we all pray for. How can we be transformation-born into a lotus? Only if we are born in a Pure Land, in Amitahba’s Land of Ultimate Bliss. Where is the Western Land of Ultimate Bliss? Not far. Let us realize a Pure Land on Earth. A clean and pure place is a Pure Land. Since we follow the Buddha’s teachings we uphold and practice the Bodhisattva-path. That is the path we walk. Bodhisattvas cannot abandon sentient beings. Therefore, we must return to the Saha-world. The Saha-world is also called the Evil World of Five Turbidities. How do we seek to be born in a Pure Land and return to the Saha-world at the same time? This depends on the power of our vows, not the power of our karma. We willingly return to the Saha-world, to the Evil World of Five Turbidities, because we vowed to transform all sentient beings. In the Saha-world, there are rich and poor people, incorrect and correct understandings. Of course, we also hope to be born into a pur and unblemished family. Such a family is honored and victorious. If we are, we will lead peaceful and happy lives. Even if we have few material goods, if our minds are pure, we will always feel content, as long as we have no expectations. Do not seek to have many material goods. Those who are content are always happy. So, always feel a sense of gratitude. Be grateful for a grain of rice, a strand of yarn. [What we have] is enough; it is already great. This sense of gratitude comes from always immersing ourselves in the pure stream of the Dharma. If we are nourished by the Buddha-Dharma, we allow Wisdom-life to grow in our minds. With wisdom, we will not crave worldly goods.
Then naturally we will be very content and be understanding about all worldly matters.
Isn’t such a life filled with abundance?It is a very wealthy life.This is what we seek.
The next passage in the repentance text says,

“We also vow that in every lifetime and in everyplace, we will be kind, benevolent, loyal and filial, help everyone with an undiscriminating mind, and not allow harmful thoughts to arise.”

The meaning of this passage is that we should not just wait for the future.We have to start now.Whether we are with family, in society or among people, we cultivate kindness, benevolence, loyalty and filial piety.Looking at our current society, living a life with those qualities is truly not a simple matter.
We need to be kind to others.Elders also need to be kind to youth.To be kind is to give unconditionally, to hope that everyone will be happy.Be like a kind father.This is called paternal kindness.Sakyamuni Buddha came to the world and saw all sentient beings as His children.Thus He is the kind father of sentient beings.The head of a household must also be a kind father.Parents raise their children out of kindness.They constantly give unconditionally to the next generation.
But is the way modern parents show love being kind or are they spoiling their children?
Nowadays people lack wisdom.They just love, so they end up spoiling or pampering children.So, this is the lack of wisdom in people nowadays.Even if they have love, they cannot be kind.
Look at Sakyamuni Buddha.He used wisdom to teach and guide sentient beings, and treated them as His children.He taught them with love and wisdom.So, to be kind is really not that simple.Then there is benevolence.
People need to be benevolent to one another.This means being honest and kind, or one who is very virtuous.This is benevolence.It is not just directed toward the next generation to have very strong morals.This is not just admiration of elders, but also love toward peers and even toward those who are younger.To be moral and ethical, kind, benevolent, loyal, and filial is not easy.It is very are nowadays.
Not many people were like this the past, either.In the era of the Tang Emperor Gao-Zong, he also promoted filial piety in families.There was a family where all nine generations lived together in one house.This family was led by Chang Gong-yi, the elder of the entire clan.
Nine generations lived together, so the emperor often praised him openly.
Once, Emperor Gao-Zong wondered, “How does this man manage their family?”“How can this huge family, this clan live harmoniously? All under one roof?”So, he went to Chang Gong-yi‘s home.His visit was an occasion of great honor.Everyone respectfully awaited his arrival.When the emperor saw this huge harmonious clan he asked Chang Gong-yi, “How do you manage this family?”“How can this family be so harmonious that nine generations live together?”How can this family be so harmonious that nine generations live together? Chang Gong-yi smiled but did not answer. He picked up a pen and wrote patience, patience, patience. He wrote patience 100 times. The emperor was moved to tears. So much hardship was hidden in those words.That is why the emperor was moved. Therefore, for so many people to live together, they must be kind, benevolent, loyal and filial, which cannot be separated from patience. So if people can be patient and accommodating, they can get along with others.In this Saha-world, the world of Five Turbidities, how can we vow in every lifetime to return? We must practice our patience.
In our Jing Si Hall, there is a group of exceptional youths 500-600 of them are gathered together. They are Tzu Ching [our collegiate volunteers]. They create a workshop for Faith Corps Father and Yi-De Mother.After our collegiate volunteers graduated, they found jobs or crated their own businesses. They have all established themselves in society. But when they were in college, they learned about and volunteered for Tzu Chi. Every time they came to lifestyle camps, they were accompanied by Faith Corps Father and Yi-De Mothers.
They were guided and helped so they could get involved with Tzu Chi and understand the Jing Si way of living. So, before they graduated, they all vowed to carry on Tzu Chi’s work life after life and pass down the Jing Si Dharma-lineage.
They even vowed to promote the Tzu Chi School of Buddhism. So after they graduated, they formed an alumni association. Those in this association, although they have already graduated and started working, they will still come back to guide new collegiate volunteers.
Year after year they come back to guide these collegiate youths. Many of them have now been certified as Faith Corps members and Commissioners; the women may join the Yi-De Association, and the men may join the Faith Corps Association.So they return as Commissioners and Faith Corps member to pass down our Dharma-lineage, promote our School. They are very diligent .The alumni association meets every year. More and more people have been certified as Commissioners and Faith Corps members.
They still diligently discuss the best way to guide people. They have made aspirations and vows, and upheld them with perseverance. I went to their closing ceremony and heard that they are promoting a movement called “Wake up and smell the Dharma”.They will wake up at 5:30am and listen to “Wisdom at Dawn”, even if they have to return home.They watch it wether they are in the office or at home. This group of young people mutually inspire each other to watch.When the time comes , the make each other up.Then they prepare to turn on.The television or computer to listen to“Wisdom at Dawn”and smell the Fragrance of Dharma.
Listening to their sharing ,every one of then seems very determined and the movement is very successful.They are forevr connected through this friendship as they continue to promote this spirit to the next generation.
Think about it,children like this are certainly wonderful with their families are exceptional youth in society ,and have great ability to pass down Right Dharma.They have kindness
benevolence , loyalty and filial piety.They after more than their immediate families,they can affect many people ;over a thousand are already taking part.
They can continually pass this on Our big Tzu Chi family is already in so many places. We all share the same mission,do the same things. We are not all related by blood ,but we do the same things. In such a big family ,don’t you think we need patience ?We have different family cultures and different levels of education,different ages ,and also speak different languages.
So don’t we all need to be patient?We need a lot of patient to open our hearts. Although patient can be tiring,this is part of our spiritual practice.When wouldn’t we need patient in our practice?
We patiently endure lack of sleep ,moments of extreme cold,and many other things. We are patient with other people’s attitudes and those of voice.We must be patient every day. Although being patient may be difficult,if our hearts are open we can accommodate everything,promote Bhddha- Dharma in our daily living and continue turning this Dharma-wheel.
So ,we “help everyone with undiscrimination minds”.We treat everyone as equals.We do not discriminate between yours and mine.“You live in worse conditions”“You are less educated”
No ,we treat everyone the same“We help everyone with undiscrimination minds”.
We teach those who are rich.We help those who are poor.We teach the rich and help the poor.As we help the poor , we also inspire them to realize their riches.
Bhddha- Dharma is the dew that nurtures everything. I hope our Wisdom –life can grow constantly.
So ,if we can “help everyone with undiscriminating minds ,”“and not allow harmful thoughts to arise “isn’t this the most kind and benevolent mind ?This is like an elder caring for his children ,for the next generation. They younger generation needs to be loyal to friends , filial to elders. It is as if we are all one family. For nine generations of a family to live together ,
it takes a lot of patience if we are all one family,don’t we need to cultivate even more patience?
We cannot just have a little , we need a lot.Then we can open our hearts and “in every life and in every place , we will be kind , benevolent, loyal ,and filial ,help everyone with undiscriminating minds and not allow harmfull thoughts to arise”.
Everyone learning Buddhism takes hard work.If we are unwilling to put in the work ,
how can we practice ?if we do not practice , how can we attain a kind ,benevolent and open mind in every lifetime and in every place ?
So ,let us always be grateful and help everyone with an undiscriminating mind.Teach the rich and help the poor.Do not allow any harmful thoughts to arise. So in our daily living ,we face everything by being open ,patient and accommodating.
Always be grateful.
Everyone , please always be mindful.
(Source: Da Ai TV 靜思晨語 法譬如水)
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