法师关怀之“与善知识心灵对话”

2017年7月3日,祖圣法师到我们班关怀大家。原来净远法师非常关心我们的学习,所以安排法师到我们班。由于班上来了两位旁听的同学,因此祖圣法师决定以分享师父的行谊作为关怀的前题,让我们能更具体地了解师父,对师父生起更强的信心。

第一则故事由祖圣法师分享:

师父与两位侍者一同到一个居士营,隔天早上居士为他们准备了很丰盛的早餐。

师父:只有3个人为什么准备那么多食物?

弟子:没关系吃不完的可以收进冰箱。

师父:你为什么不在前一天问我们要吃多少?这样拿进拿出食物很容易坏掉。

法师接着问我们:倘若我们是那位准备食物的居士,被师父这么一问我们会作何感想?大部分的同学都觉得委屈。

法师问道:我们能不能从《广论》的教授找到对治这种心态的法门?原来对治的方法可以从“听闻轨理——思维闻法所有胜利”找到答案。我们应该专注地听师父的话,然后思维师父的用意,并且揣摩他想要让我们从这件事当中学到什么。

法师接着又问:什么是“修行”?修行是修改自己错误的行为,通过学习佛法得到正知见,继而调伏内心,所以我们应该应用所学的来时时检查自己。

祖圣法师问:什么是“修行”?

祖圣法师问:什么是“修行”?

下一则故事是有关辅导员在小组讨论会议上发生的小故事:

其中有一位法师在讲说与引导辅导小组讨论方面很善巧,但遇到比较难探讨的课题时他还是很难让大家继续研讨。到了大众向师父提问的时间,师父回答得很有见地,令提问者为此称赞。事后,那位法师问师父刚刚被台上那位居士称赞时心里怎么想。师父回答道:“我只是运用了那么一点智慧就引起那位居士的欢喜心,令我更渴望得到那无上的智慧。”

 
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接着法师又问我们喜欢当发光族还是角落族。

假设说在一场营队里我们对某方面很在行,却被派去当角落族,例如洗厕所,我们会怎么想?法师让我们猜师父怎么回应那位居士。师父说:“你想要在那个位置却得不到,那是因为资粮不够,现在你又在这里烦烦恼恼其是在继续地损减它。看到别人能够在那里做我们应该随喜他才对。” 师父说他就是这样随喜过来的。通过随喜我们也可以得到像对方一样的功德,但必须发自内心而不是嘴巴上面讲讲而已。通过随喜和发愿有一天我们也可以得到别人所拥有的。

法师在谈到善友与恶友的时候,问我们怎么定义善友和恶友。

法师举了一个例子:如果你有一位认识十年的朋友,他明知每个星期一傍晚你会去上广论班,可是他却约你喝茶,庆祝你们之间的十周年纪念,他是善友还是恶友?其实没有什么是绝对的,因为倘若你打算翘课跟他出去,你可以说他是恶友,然而,如果你思维到上课的胜利和不去上课的过患决定去上课,那他就是你的善友。所以一切都取决于我们怎么看待一件事为定义。

谁是善友?谁是恶友?

谁是善友?谁是恶友?

总而言之法师与我们分享的三个公案都精彩无比。万事万物无对无错,其真正的关键钥匙取决于我们身为一位修行人的心态和眼光。那双发现美的亮丽眼睛是师父常常要我们观功念恩的扼要。年年岁月如实过,集资修行资粮扩!

周微原、张雁茹笔(16增051Y)

Insightful Sharing by Venerable Zusheng with Class 16Z051Y

On 3rd July 2017, we were very honoured to have Venerable Zusheng to care for our class. It was an arrangement initiated by Venerable Jing Yuan, who is concern over our Dharma learning progress. As there were two observers in our class, Venerable Zusheng decided to share Master Jih-Chang’s decorum as her topic for today, to further boost our confidence level in Master’s teaching.

The first story shared by Venerable Zusheng was about the Master and his 2 disciples attending a camp.

A layperson prepared a sumptuous breakfast for them the next morning. However, master commented that there were only 3 of them, yet he prepared so many dishes. The layperson then assured master that the leftover food can be stored in the fridge if they could not finish all. The master replied, “why didn't you ask us how much do we eat each day prior to your preparation? By bringing the dishes in and out of the fridge, the food will turn bad easily.”

Venerable Zusheng paused the story to ask how would we feel if we were the ones preparing the dishes, and what would be our response to the master’s question. Most of us felt wronged and misunderstood. Venerable Zusheng guided the class that the answer could be found in the Lamrim text. Through listening and contemplation (听闻轨理), we could overcome this feeling. This means, we should listen attentively to the master’s words of wisdom, and contemplate why he made certain remarks. Most importantly, what he wanted us to learn from it.

The next story was about a venerable leading in a group discussion.

The venerable was very tactful in leading an effective discussion. However, when it comes to more challenging topics, he found it tough to get the discussion jump-started. Hence, when it was time for a Q&A session with the master, the layperson was full of praises for the master after he heard the master’s answer to his question. Out of curiosity, the venerable asked the master how he felt when the layperson complimented him. The master responded that he was more concerned about sharing the Buddhist teachings, to free all sentient beings out of sufferings, so he was not at all bothered by any praises. Then he continued “I merely used slight wisdom and it led to such great happiness of the layperson, this inspires me to yearn for ultimate wisdom.”

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Before sharing the third story, Venerable Zusheng asked if we prefer to be in the limelight or away from it.

For instance, consider that we are really talented in a certain area, but we have been allocated to do odd jobs such as washing the toilet, how would we feel? Most likely we will get upset for our talent was not recognized despite being far more capable than many others think. The Master’s response was that we have been lacking in merits, as a result, we ended up in such situation. We should not be disheartened and continue delving in such unhappy state, instead we should strive to build up positive thoughts by rejoicing in others kind deeds. This will help us in earning equivalent merits, which was what the master had been practicing all along. Having said that, rejoicing must also come sincerely from the heart, should not just gave lip service. By rejoicing and setting vows and aspiration, one day we will be able to attain good qualities just like others.

In terms of Lamrim class, Venerable Zusheng posed a question to us: “how do we differentiate or define virtuous and non-virtuous friends?”

For example, if you have a friend who knew that you need to attend Lamrim class every Monday evening, but on that particular day he arranged for a dinner to celebrate the 10th friendship anniversary with you. Is he a virtuous or non-virtuous friend? Most of us would think it’s the latter, but Venerable commented that there is no so-called definition to it actually. If you decided to skip class and hang out with him, then you could say he is a non-virtuous friend. However, if you contemplate on the disadvantages of skipping class and the advantages of attending classes, and eventually chose to attend class, he will then be your virtuous friend. Hence, it all depends on how you perceive and act on the matter.

The stories that Venerable Zusheng shared with us were enthralling and inspiring. Indeed, there is no right or wrong answer, the crux lies in our intention and approach towards the issue. Our class benefited a lot through Venerable’s sharing and look forward to having more of such sessions in near future!

Penned by: Lim Yan Ning, Chow Wei Yuan, Teo Yan Ru

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