October 17, 2007 10:46 pm
經云：人身難得，佛法難聞。若非宿有因緣，佛經名字，尚不能聞，況得受持讀誦，修因證果者乎。然如來所說，實依眾生即心本具之理。於心性外，了無一法可得。但以眾生在迷，不能了知。于真如實相之中。幻生妄想執著。由茲起貪瞋癡，造殺盜淫。迷智慧以成煩惱，即常住而為生滅。經塵點劫，莫之能反。幸遇如來所說大乘顯密諸經，方知衣珠固在，佛性仍存。即彼客作賤人，原是長者真子。人天六道，不是自己住處。實報寂光，乃為本有家鄉。回思從無始來，未聞佛說。雖則具此心性，無端枉受輪迴。真堪痛哭流涕，聲震大千。心片片裂，腸寸寸斷矣。此恩此德，過彼天地父母，奚啻百千萬倍。縱粉身碎骨，曷能報答。（正）竭誠方獲實益論 – 摘錄自《印光大師文鈔菁華錄》
Rare is birth as a human being. Hard is the life of mortals. Hard it is to obtain the chance to listen to the Dhamma. Rare is the appearance of the Buddhas.
The human rebirth is said to be extremely rare. The Bodhicaryāvatāra compares it to a wooden cattle-yoke floating on the waves of the ocean, tossed this way and that by the winds and currents. The likelihood of a half-blind turtle, rising from the depths of the ocean to the surface once in a hundred years, putting its head through the hole in the yoke is considered greater than that of a being in saṃsāra achieving rebirth as a human. ~ Wiki
Because it’s so rare to become human, we should treasure this life and practice of Dharma.
October 14, 2007 11:00 pm
I feel very fortunate to get to view the the Relics / Ringsel / Sarira (舍利) at Jamyang Buddhist Centre today. A quote from the Jamyang’s website:
A precious collection of sacred relics of the Buddha and many other Buddhist masters is currently touring the world.
I almost didn’t go today but thanks a friend I decided to go at the end. Today is also the last day of the public viewing in London as well. The next public viewing will be at Birmingham, view the relic tour calendar for details. This relic tour is part of the Maitreya Project
At the conclusion of the Maitreya Project Heart Shrine Relic Tour, the relics will be enshrined in a 500-ft/152-m bronze statue of Maitreya Buddha which is being built in Kushinagar, northern India.
See the collection of relics.
I came across this blog (and another one) recently and have been reading it. It’s very interesting and very encouraging. Learn a lot from it and I’m very happy to know that there are many people who have the ability to see what not everyone can see. Thanks so much to the blogger. I’ve also been talking to my housemate about what we really want/chase after in life. It’s time to wake up, time goes by so quickly without realising! Practise (at least do good) while we can! This summarises how I feel now.
I’m very lucky this time to get to visit Wu Tai Shan 五台山 with the whole family, it will be extermely hard once I start working. Wutai Shan is one of the Four Sacred Mountains in Chinese Buddhism. (Wiki) I wanted to visit the moutain after visitng Jiu Hua Shan, but it was quite difficult since this line is not very popular for and not many HK travel agent do it. This was made easier with a relatively new travel agent called SIG Holiday, we were quite happy with them, everything was well organised and very few selling points. If I get a chance, it would be nice to stay there for a week next time :).
位於我國山西五台縣東北，與峨眉山、普陀山、九華山合稱為我國佛教之四大靈山。以東、西、南、北、中五峰聳立，山頂 無林木，壘土如台，故稱五臺山。又以五巒巍然，拔乎群山，盛夏仍不知炎暑，故別號清涼山。為古來文殊菩薩示現之道場，廣受海內之信仰。華嚴經菩薩住處品及 寶藏陀羅尼經謂文殊菩薩住處為五頂，名清涼山。此為文殊信仰之由來。五台為：東台望海峰，又稱無恤台、常山頂。西台挂月峰，又稱瞢薨豆山，上有泉群山。南台 錦繡峰，又稱系舟山。北台協鬥峰，又稱夏屋山、覆宿埵。中台即翠岩峰。自北魏文帝遊中台，創建大孚圖靈鷲寺後即佛寺林立。極盛時，五峰內外佛剎多達三百餘 寺，迄今約存一百餘寺。其中以大佛光寺與顯通寺之無梁殿、銅殿著稱於世。羅侯寺、清涼寺、金閣寺、北山寺、望海寺、大文殊寺亦頗為著名。與此山有關係之名 僧很多，如：不空建金閣寺、玉華寺等，成為密教中心。法照建竹林寺，修習念佛三昧；日僧圓仁承其教法，傳至比睿山，是為引聲念佛之始。澄觀曾于大華嚴寺著 華嚴經疏。日本之入唐僧、入宋僧至此參訪者頗多。又如高麗之慈藏、罽賓之佛陀波利等皆曾登山參訪。
元 代成宗皇太后嘗建大萬聖佑國寺，並重修五台諸寺。八思巴亦曾駐此。明萬曆年間，重修大塔院寺，建護國釋迦文佛舍利塔，塔臺上築有球形之塔身，上安十三級之 相輪，塔高二十七丈，周圍二十五丈，為西藏式喇嘛塔，是山中最為壯觀之地。清康熙以後，歷代皇帝行幸不絕，捐資營修，滿蒙之佛教徒亦常至此巡塔，活佛亦屢 次巡駐。今住僧中分為青衣、黃衣兩派。青衣僧住大顯通寺、大塔院、金閣、靈境等十剎。黃衣僧為喇嘛僧，住菩薩頂、金剛窟、羅侯等十大剎。自古以來蒙古王公 每歲朝山，佈施甚厚。
I am not able to find the English version for this but during the serach, I found a page that contains many quotes from Venerable Master Hsuan Hua:
Words of Wisdom
This page is very well structured with quotes in different category, here is one of the many that I like:
If you constantly return the light to reflect upon yourself and observe your nature, you will bring forth the Paramita of Wisdom. These acts establish your merit. Apply the Paramita of Wisdom widely at all times and in all places, and transform it ceaselessly. Don’t be defiled by or attached to anything. Refrain from doing any profane and immoral thing. This is virtue.
Yesterday, a group of us from London visited the Forest Hermitage. Many thanks to KC for driving me and it was a enjoyable trip. The temple and the surroundings is very nice, but since it was raining yesterday, we didn’t get spend much time outside. It was quite easy to get to from London, not too far after getting off the M40. We arrived at around 10am, offer food to monks at Forest Hermitage and had a talk with Ajahn Khemadhammo. We did help out a little like like cleaning the kitchen and brassing. Afterwards, we went to visit the Wood Cottage as well, a cottage very close to Forest Hermitage where retreats takes place every month.
Meditation on Snowdon – There will also be a Walk and Meditation event on 14th & 15th on Snowdon. It’s a sponsored walk and Meditation on the highest point in England & Wales to raise money for Wood Cottage. A poster, details and a form can be found here.
I only managed to took some photos inside, much more on Steven’s site.