車苦 🚗 auto suffering 


一個多月沒開小灰,出門覓食時發現,發不動了!😱

果然,電子寵物也需要主人的關注。

My beloved car has been idle for over a month so it wasn’t completely a surprise when it couldn’t be started. 

保險公司派了個大帥哥來「救援」。帥哥啥也沒幹,猛踩油門幾下,就搞定了。讓我非常之囧囧囧

GEICO service is pretty good. Just by sending a request via their mobile app, I had them dispatch a roadside service agent at my door within 30 minutes. 

And, without doing anything else, he just took my key, started the engine and hit the gas pedal making those noises, then voila! 

I don’t know how many idiots like me he had to encounter everyday. Hopefully I’m not the only one. 

於是腦海中浮現了:

沒錢時,賺錢是苦;有錢時,守護錢財是苦;最終錢財耗盡時,也是苦。

同理:沒車時,哪裡都去不了是苦;有車後,發不動是苦,不會停車是苦,花錢買汽油喂它也是苦⋯⋯雖然守護不易,還是有了感情,等要和它分別的時候,應該也會是苦。

再次稱讚一下:CRV真是好車!

Lesson learned: Living in Southern California without a car is suffering–literally legless. Having a car is also a suffering–the maintenance, parking, tickets, even mistakened tickets! Parting with the car will most likely also be a suffering. As the teaching said, these material possession is a suffering in the beginning, middle and end. 

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藏曆猴年的最後一天 Last Day of the Monkey Year

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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:

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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:
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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.)

A Key 一把鑰匙

IMG_0725去年年底在錫金秋殿寺,一個人來人往的主要過道上,有人在正中間掛起了一把鑰匙。

第一天看到,想說喇嘛很有意思,要給人鑰匙就這樣隨手一掛麽?

第二天看到,還在那裡,就琢磨著難道是有人撿到了鑰匙,不知如何物歸原主,於是就掛在那裡,希望失主回來能看到?

第三天還在那裡,我就反反覆覆地設想各種情景……

這麼大一座寺廟,這麼多事物可以觀看,我就不知為何地盯住這把小小的鑰匙,在大家頭上晃動的鑰匙。

就像一個小石子,撲通一聲落進水裡,然後帶來了一圈又一圈的遐思。

Last November at Sikkim’s Chorten Monastery,on a main passage leading to the office and monks’quarter, someone hung this key.

I somehow became obsessed with this key. It simply appeared at such an abnormal place to me. I walked below it everyday during that period, thinking all sorts of possible reasons why it was there while all other people did not seem to care about it at all.

It feels like all a sudden there is someone walking around with horns but nobody makes a fuss about it.

Today, seeing this picture makes me start wondering again.

大舅媽

第一次見到大舅媽是在她的婚禮上。她很美,濃眉大眼,輪廓很深,黝黑濃密的頭髮長時間都是大波浪的長髮造型。當然,那時年紀很小,不明白這些,只記得她來我身邊時,身上很香,手上戴著白色的手套,有一個戒指戴在手套外。

後來的印象就不是婚禮那個形象了,不覺得她是會花很多錢打扮自己的人。每年初二媽媽回娘家時,她和舅舅會把自己的小孩全部搬到臥房裡住,擠出房間來讓我們一家五口住。過年很期待的事情之一,就是去台中吃她做的炒米粉和其他好吃的菜,以及看外公種的蘭花。她非常溫暖,不管我們什麼時候去外公家,都會覺得很受歡迎,我想這也是妹妹在台中讀大學時常往他們家跑的原因。小時候跟表弟鬧著玩,也從來沒聽她說過一句重話,而是自然而然地就不會想惹她不高興。

等到再大點時,看她會去接一些手工活拿回家做,貼補家用,常常覺得她都能找到很有意思的事情,經常央著她讓我也試試。之後她幫鄰居帶小孩,即使我只是偶爾去台中一天半天的,也能覺得他們一條街的鄰居全都很愛她,大家感情很好,彼此相互照應,不像我連隔壁鄰居姓什麼、長什麼樣都不知道。

2008年剛學佛法時,去了台中一趟。那時,大舅媽在門口養了一盆臉盆大小的蓮花,每一朵都只有半個巴掌大小。我頭像上的那朵白蓮花,就是那天中午照的。就像她人一樣,靜靜地開在那裡,但是看了就很安心,就有了陽光。0803 Taiwan 010_LR1聽說前天她出門時被車撞,傷勢太重,昨夜過世了。剛聽到時有點麻木,太突然,不像真的。後半天,一想到她的好,就開始掉眼淚。

祈禱她早日往生淨土。願與她結下善緣的一切眾生,也都因為結識她而種下長久安樂的種子。願家中有長輩的人都能珍惜自己跟家人在一起的時光,不要忘記:分離是必然的結果,現在能做的只有努力不要留下遺憾。

雨後的蝸牛 Snails after Rain

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連下了一週大雨後,車道和花園步道上滿是逃離水災的迷你蝸牛,成千上萬的。車子一進出就橫屍遍野;走在步道上,再怎麽小心,還是每走幾步就「喀嚓」一聲……

Countless mini snails came to the drive way and paved garden areas. Literally hundreds died when driving in and out of garage. Though small, they are still lives – actually very cute lives in close look.

雖然小,卻也是生命。

湊近一看,還是非常可愛的生命。

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弟弟也很感興趣,還好它沒把蝸牛當食物。

Didi was also very interested in them. It is fortunate that he is a British breed instead of a French breed. Otherwise, he might have enjoyed them as a big feast.

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於是花了很長時間,邊掃邊念「嗡瑪尼唄美吽」,把這些小小蝸牛一一掃回花圃裡。

IMG_4772So while Didi is taking his walk, I swept these tiny creatures back to the meadow while chanting Mani for them. May the diseased be cared for in Sukhavati and the alive ones enjoy a live without sufferings. 

掃的時候,不小心又踩死幾隻。這就是想做善事又缺乏智慧的寫照吧。

Happy Losar at Chorten 美好的藏曆新年從見多智欽仁波切開始!

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A beautiful sunny day for Losar (the Tibetan New Year)  at Chorten Monastery, Sikkim, with presence of Dodrupchen Rinpoche. What a great start of joyful blessings for the new year!!

Today is also the last day of the Vajrakilaya Drupchen. Rinpoche was in the main shrine hall for about two hours in the morning, granting blessings to the participants.

Despite of all the crowds flooding the monastery, I coincidentally ended up sitting in a place almost identical to where I sat throughout the Sakya Center’s Kilaya puja,  hence being able to take some pictures.

第一次在錫金過藏曆新年。今天是藏曆新年初一。一大早,不到四點就有人開始電話拜年。

早上大家一起和酥油茶,吃麻花,老人家給大家加持和贈以吉祥語。今天還收了好幾個紅包(不過是在白信封內)。然後就出發到廟裡。

今天也是秋登寺普巴金剛竹千法會的最後一天,很多人從昨晚就待在廟裡,滿滿的人潮把大殿外那一大塊地方都佔滿了,完全擠不進去。其實穿着新衣服又帶著相機,也沒那本事去擠。一開始就在外面轉轉,還作為寺廟商店今年的第一個客人,請了幾個保佑健康的護身符預備帶回台灣給長輩。後來因緣巧合,混進了大殿,落腳在和德拉敦普巴法會一樣的位置,於是才照了些相片。

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After Rinpoche left, a lot of devotees came paying homage to his throne.
多智欽(多竹千)仁波切離座後,大批信徒前來頂禮他的法座。
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Tea and sweet butter rice for all. This was taken before the crowds spotting these goodies. Non-stop of hundreds of people around within 10 minutes afterwards. This may well be my expertise – subconsciously drawn to where good food is before anybody else.
寺廟提供給所有人的茶和酥油飯,照相時才剛擺出來,沒一會兒又人山人海了。我的特長似乎是能領先所有人找到好吃的。
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And the beautiful flowers at Chorten! It is orchid season now. I so worship the senior lama who takes care of all these flowers now.

May all sentient beings find beauty, purity, peace and happiness in all their perceptions.

進大殿前,主要就是在外面賞花。現在是錫金蘭花的季節,負責照顧花的老喇嘛實在太厲害了。

願一切有情眾生都能在自己的一切感知中,安住於美好、清淨與安樂。

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Sarva mangalam.

你睡得好嗎?Sleep Efficiency

買了一個這個來玩,主要是想看看自己的睡眠情況。

前兩周一起吃飯的幾位功成名就的中年男人都說他們只睡5小時就夠,我就不瞭解自己怎麽到這個年紀還得持續“至少8個小時,10個小時最好”的睡眠需求?難道是我的睡眠品質比較差?

一夜見分曉,除了起來上廁所外,一動都不動,睡眠效率是99%!![汗] 所以我是先天不適合長時間工作的~

話說回來,這種東西輪流給家人玩玩就好,我可不會經常貼身戴著一個24hr開著無線藍牙的東西,那無疑是找死。

十年前在德國工作時,就有西門子的工程師同事告誡我,手機撥號時,在線路沒接通到等待鈴音前,最好都不要拿的離頭太近,因為那時是功率最大的時候,距離拉長,影響以平方倍數下降。我現在連睡覺時都把手機調到飛行模式,放得遠遠的。特別是看到那個丹麥中學生的wifi和豆芽實驗之後,委實不想讓自己的腦子去冒那個險。

Got one of this to track my sleep. It was triggered by a dinner with several very successful ex-colleagues who all claimed that they don’t need much sleep nowadays, like 5 hours a day is enough. So I started wondering how come I still need minimum 8 hours and ideally 10 hours of sleep a day? Can it be the problem of my sleep quality?

And the answer is a clearly no. Not only did I not toss around while sleeping, but actually I did not move at all except for the toilet breaks. I guess I simply need that long hours of sleep, just like a baby.

Having said that, also it was quite fun. For sure I am not going to carry something constantly sending wireless/bluetooth signals. Nowadays I even turn my mobile phone to airplane mode and keep it far away while going to bed. I simply don’t want my brain fried by those wireless signals as shown in that Danish wifi beansprout experiment!

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Fitbit® One™  I Wireless Activity & Sleep Tracker – Advanced tracking for daily activity, sleep, and stairs climbed.

補車窗 Windshield Chip Fix

第一臺車,第一顆路上飛起砸車的小石子,第一個玻璃上的洞,第一次保險索賠!

First car, first stone flying off highway and unfortunately hitting right on, first chip on the windshield, and first auto insurance claim!

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服務很好,打電話去後,過兩天就派人上門來修,15分鐘搞定。

Their service is quite good. Just a phone call and then they sent a glass shop to you to fix the damage. If I heard correctly, they can fix chips smaller than a one-dollar bill. That is a pretty big chip they can fix!

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不知道是不是技術問題,補完後隱約有個痕跡,但是不仔細看,就像是一小塊灰塵。是我要求太高了嗎?

After the fix, it is almost invisible unless closely examined.  Photo by the iphone with Olloclip:

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這是用macro照的,就幾公釐吧。希望不要再碰到這麽倒霉的事情了~

往好處想,被這顆小石子砸到,總比幾個月前被那貨車後面掉下的梯子砸到的好——那次也是高速公路,時速六、七十英哩,那台車硬插到我前面,加速過猛吧,梯子就掉下來了,兩台車才幾米的距離,又不能減速,又不能換車道躲閃,只能說佛菩薩保佑,梯子正正落在前面地上後,剛好一陣風把梯子往旁邊吹,完全沒擦到車子。

所以人有旦夕禍福,每天開車出門都是在玩命,只能繼續好好唸咒積德。

Let me pray this won’t  happen to me again. Or maybe I should be thankful that it was this small rock hitting my car instead of the metal ladder falling from a truck in front the other day.

順便秀一下拿新玩具照的照片。

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不知道用放大鏡是不是也是同樣效果?

現在沒有戴眼鏡,不然也可以拿眼鏡加iphone照照看~

More photos with Olloclip. The macro lens is the most interesting one among the three. Just wonder whether I can use magnifier to achieve the same effect. Or eye glasses?

艶陽天摘桃子 Peach Picking

這次來美國,先是碰到家裡的枇杷豐收。

This time in US, I was first greeted by the loquats from the garden.  There are so many that I ended up using them to make smoothies.

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然後開始一段很奢侈的打果汁生活。想當初枇杷曾經是多昂貴的水果,這裡怕吃不完會壞掉,拿來打果昔。

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然後是神奇表嫂種的一樹黑莓。神奇表嫂種什麼都長得很好,她的黑莓樹,結著密密麻麻的果實。我説我打果汁不挑剔甜不甜,於是她辛苦採了一盒碩大黑色直接吃的莓兒,又給我一大缸較小、未熟透的莓兒,我把後面那類和買來的有機草莓一起打來喝,是好幾天的早餐~

Then a cousin offered many of her home grown blackberries so my breakfast switched to organic berry smoothies for a while.

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今天陪姑姑去幫神奇表嫂採桃子,也是一樹,有兩三百個桃子吧,有時一拉樹枝,熟透的桃子就掉到地上砸了,好可惜~隨

便採採,也摘了五大袋。雖然小,但即使青色的也都是脆甜 🙂 下週就是吃桃週了。

Today, I went to her place to pick peaches. Wow, there must be several hundreds of them. We got so many bags! Sweet and juicy, perfect for tomorrow’s tsog.

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最後要秀一下我鍾愛的梔子花。剛來時,已經快要咽氣的梔子花,枯到剩一根細細的樹枝,幾片焦黃的葉子,一個月後,雖然還是那麽一枝,卻長滿了花苞,真有知己的感覺。

一個花園中,有那麽一個知己已經讓人很快樂了,何況最近大家都長得欣欣向榮的,樂哉!

Last but not the least is the beautiful gardenia from our own garden. Animate or inanimate, they are all beautiful beings to me. May all enjoy this simple and pure happiness at all time.

Cheerios Dinner

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這週每天晚餐都是這個:燕麥圈圈餅加杏仁奶。

朋友覺得很好笑,“這不應該是早餐嗎?”

晚餐即是早餐,早餐即是晚餐;

白晝即是黑夜,黑夜即是白晝。

其實是早上起床十五分鐘內就得出門,根本沒時間吃早餐。

也無所謂,不過是熱的就更好。下次要記得帶味增湯包來。

——流浪生活雜記

My dinner everyday for this week.

Yes, I know, it should have been my breakfast…

I should bring some miso soup packs next time.

This is the downfall of last minute packing.

Still, life goes on… with cheerios dinner…