至於念佛，心難歸一。當攝心切念，自能歸一。攝心之法，莫先於至誠懇切。心不至誠，欲攝莫由。既至誠已，猶未鈍一，當攝耳諦聽。無論出聲默念，皆須念從心 起，聲從口出，音從耳入。（默念雖不動口，然意地之中，亦仍有口念之相，）心口念得清清楚楚，耳根聽得清清楚楚，如是攝心，妄念自息矣。如或猶湧妄波，即 用十念記數，則全心力量，施於一聲佛號雖欲起妄，力不暇及。此攝心念佛之究竟妙法，在昔宏淨土者，尚未談及。以人根尚利，不須如此，便能歸一故耳。（印光）以心難制伏，方識此法之妙。蓋屢試屢驗，非率爾臆說。願與天下後世鈍根者共之，令萬修萬人去耳。所謂十念記數者，當念佛時，從一句至十句，須念得分明，仍須記得分明。至十句已，又須從一句至十句念，不可二十三十。隨念隨記，不可掐珠，唯憑心記，若十句直記為難，或分為兩氣，則從一至五， 從六至十。若又費力，當從一至三，從四至六，從七至十，作三氣念。念得清楚，記得清楚，聽得清楚，妄念無處著腳，一心不亂，久當自得耳。須知此之十念，與晨朝十念，攝妄則同，用功大異。晨朝十念，僅一口氣為一念。不論佛數多少。此以一句佛為一念。彼唯晨朝十念則可，若二十三十，則傷氣成病。此則念一句佛，心知一句。念十句佛，心知十句。從一至十，從一至十，縱日念數萬，皆如是記。不但去妄，最能養神。隨快隨慢，了無滯礙。從朝至暮，無不相宜。較彼掐珠記數者，利益天殊。彼則身勞而神動，此則身逸而心安。但作事時，或難記數，則懇切直念。作事既了，仍復攝心記數。則憧憧往來者，朋從於專注一境之佛號中矣。大勢至謂都攝六根，淨念相繼，得三摩地，斯為第一。利根則不須論。若吾輩之鈍根，捨此十念記數之法，欲都攝六根，淨念相繼，大難大難。又須知此攝心念佛之法，乃即淺即深，即小即大之不思議法。但當仰信佛言，切勿以己見不及，遂生疑惑，致多劫善根，由茲中喪，不能究竟親獲實益，為哀也。掐珠念佛，唯宜行住二時。若靜坐養神，由手動故，神不能安，久則受病。此十念記數，行住坐臥皆無不宜。臥時只宜默念，不可出聲。若出聲，一則不恭，二則傷氣，切記切記。
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Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva’s Statues for Free Distribution
We’re very fortunate to have 8 Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva’s Statues in the UK for free distribution, they are kindly cast by Taiwan néng jìng association (能淨學會). The statue is around 290 mm tall. Collect in person only (London), please contact me for more details.
台灣屏東能淨學會公告 – 此次恭鑄之地藏菩薩聖像為坐姿，聖像連同底座，高約 9.25英吋，加上手持錫杖，高度共約 11.5英吋；底座為八角形，面積約為 5.5英吋見方。法相莊嚴慈悲，敬附照片，以供參考。本館將於今年夏天再度恭鑄同一聖像一百二十尊，因此，將共有二百四十尊菩薩聖像敬供十方結緣。
Follow this link to see the original letter from Taiwan néng jìng association (能淨學會) regarding this free distribution.
Find out more about Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva (地藏菩萨)
November 5, 2009 10:14 pm
Ubuntu 9.10 has been out for about a week now. Just got around to upgrade my desktop to Ubuntu 9.10. I skipped 9.04 on my desktop and only tried it on my laptop. Upgrading from 8.04 is very smooth and easy, I had 8.04 and XP dual boot on my desktop, used the manual partitioner to overwrote 8.04 and keeping /home and other partitions. I only had to spend around an hour to install:
- Wireless card (WPN111) using ndiswrapper-1.9. More stable than it is on 8.04 as it used to cut off
- Chromium (Linux Chrome)
Ubuntu is getting better and better :). Support open source! Ubuntu Cloud looks interesting too, might be useful for work.
Just got to try out the new Ubuntu 9.04. Download the iso and burnt it to a CD, loaded it up and install it dual boot with XP on my laptop (Toshiba Tecra-S1). No problem at all, worked out of the box! If I’m installing Windows, the first thing I will need to do is to download all the security updates, then install a Anti-Virus software then find all the missing drivers. You don’t have to do any of these for Linux, no need to install any drivers (in my case), no tweaking, even WiFi works! If you don’t mind not having MS Office (which I don’t really use anymore) and not being able to play many games, you should give Ubuntu a go. It’s so simple and it’s open source too :).
There aren’t many eBook readers to choose from in the UK that comes with e-Ink 2 display and Chinese support, and many like the Sony PRS-505 that doesn’t support Chinese ebooks. Since it’s a Linux based device like many others people have made patches to enable Chinese on this reader. Thanks to them you can add Chinese support to your eBook reader! Just google “PRS-505 中文” and you will find there are at least 3 methods out there now that will allow you to do that, some require flashing the reader and some doesn’t. I went for the one which require flashing the device since I don’t have to activate the patch everytime you reboot, but it’s safer not to have to flash the reader!
This eBook reader is quite ideal if you have a lot of ebooks ready to be put on. This works out quite well for me because all the Buddhist materials/books are for freely available online! There are many websites for Buddhist books and sutras, here is one that I often visit:
To read them on your ebook, you can either upload them to the reader as plain text or use a multi-platform software called “Calibre” to convert your (html) files into .lrf or .epub. Here is how I convert the ebooks.
- Pick a book you want to convert, e.g. 淨土十疑論
- In your browser, save page as html only
- Drag this html file into Calibre and click convert
- Upload to the ebook
Problems that I experienced:
- Automatic table of content creation in Calibre – It will created the table of content but failing to link it to the right page! But it’s good enough!
- Reader freeze on connecting USB to computer – need to reset to solve this problem, I believe it’s a problem with the Chinese interface that I’m using which is probably solved by now. But my advice is to use the original English interface!
Here are some photos of the eBook.