藏曆猴年的最後一天 Last Day of the Monkey Year

奔波的猴年到了最後一天,還是很折騰。1323453334

先是出於各種因緣,昨晚只睡了三小時。

然後,開車本來就已經很不行了,睡眠不足的情況下還要飆一小時的車去聚會,完全是一路自己嚇自己,搏上性命去念經的感覺。

In short, the very end of the monkey year is as unsettling as the 2nd half of the year. With only 3 hours of sleep and then 2 hours of driving for the sutra resounding, it was such a stretch.

還好這是猴年的最後一天,要是大年初一這個光景,就太悲催了。

晚上再衝回家繼續爬格子,終於完成了今年的主要工作。從不丹布姆塘的庫傑寺開工,到猴年的最後一天收工,非常珍惜有機會和這部教法結緣,過程中還有諸多順緣助益,感謝師兄們。

Fortunately, safe travel marked the end of the day. And just now I completed the major translation project of this year! It started in Kurje Bumthang and got completed on the last day of the Monkey year. What a blessing to be able to connect with Guru Rinpoche in this way. May the seed blossom and soon bear fruits. May Guru Rinpoche’s blessings shower on all beings at all times.

今天讀了一部《觀世音菩薩授記經》與半部的《集一切福德三昧經》。

《授記經》的內容非常有意思,有一段講說一位威德王問一童子名字,那個童子慧根十足,尚未發心入佛道就這麼回答了:

一切諸法空 云何問名號 IMG_8424
過去法已滅 當來法未生
現在法不住 仁者問誰名
空法亦非人 非龍非羅剎
人與非人等 一切不可得

後來這位童子,也就是觀音菩薩的前世,發菩提心時又說了一段:

當發菩提心 廣濟諸群生
是則供正覺 三十二明相
設滿恒沙剎 珍妙莊嚴具
奉獻諸如來 及歡喜頂戴
不如以慈心 迴向於菩提
是福為最勝 無量無有邊
餘供無過者 超踰不可計
如是菩提心 必成等正覺

當然,後來觀音菩薩就不得了了,還獲得佛的授記會在阿彌陀佛入滅後成佛。

願大家雞年報曉,共同發心,證悟菩提。

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Love these verses read during today’s sutra resounding. Share with all for the new year:

The Illusory Absorption
སྒྱུ་མ་ལྟ་བུའི་ཏིང་ངེ་འཛིན།
Māyopamāsamādhi:
http://read.84000.co/#UT22084-055-004/title

King Glorious Splendor asked two boys of their names. And even before they entered the bodhisattva path, one boy replied:

Name is empty of name;
In names there are no names.
All phenomena are devoid of names,
And still they are described using names.

Later, the two boys generated bodhichitta with these verses (one of the boy became the utterly famous Avalokiteshvara in later lives):

If you give rise to the mind of awakening
In order to help all embodied beings,
You will be venerating the buddhas
With their thirty-two major marks.
A being may make offerings
By filling as many buddha realms
As there are grains of sand in the Ganges River
With flowers for the protectors of the world.
Yet if a person joins his palms
And bows to the mind of awakening,
His merit will be much larger
And know no bounds.
The one with superior intelligence has shown
The mind of awakening, precisely as it is.
There is no other comparable offering,
And no other similar glory.’

In the presence of the protector of the world,
We make a firm commitment.
Gods and men, listen
To this unsurpassed lion’s roar.

However long it may have been
Since saṃsāra’s unknowable beginning,
For that long, even if it takes many eons,
We shall act for the welfare of beings.

For as many eons as have passed
Since the very beginning, for that many eons
We shall act as you have taught
In order to help beings.

May all generate bodhicitta like these Maha-Bodhisattvas!

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(Thanks to whoever put such lovely food on my plate today. And Tara, the youngest participant in our Tsog gathering.)

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