Reflections on the 2011 Surangama Meditation Retreat

Julia Hsu
Thanks for Abbot Ven. JianHu's teach of the Correct understanding of the Pure Mind (full awareness). So I know outside sentient being and the universe are inside our "Pure Mind".  The purpose of 7 days retreat is to teach us how to reach "sudden enlightenment" if we simply does not rise any thoughts from our conditioned mind.  Lectures also cover important instructions on attain samadhi toward "ultimate enlightenment" through 4 steps: 1) seeing the way, 2) cultivating the way, 3) realizing the way, 4) assisting the way.  Through the teach, I discover the "joy" of meditation to attain inner peace.  I realize if we bring the Buddha's "compassion and Wisdom" to the world and all sentient beings surrounding us.  The "Pure Land" can manifest inside our "true awareness" also known as our "Bodhi Mind".

謝謝住持見護法師教導正確了解清淨心。讓我了解到,外在的眾生心及世界都在我們的淨心中。禪七的目的是教導我們,只要由意識心起念頭,就可以頓悟。在課程中,師父也教導獲得正定及究竟開悟的四個法門:見道、修道、悟道及助道。經由這些教導,在禪坐中獲得法喜。我了解到,如果能把佛的慈悲與智慧帶給世界及眾生,淨土就在我們內在的覺性中,也就是菩提心。



Christina Man (傳晴)
Pure awareness is not really separate from your consciousness (conditioned mind) but you need to immediately pull yourself back to your pure awareness and maintain in your pure awareness state as long as you can. Also you need to do your best to think from pure awareness's perspective when dealing with everything  rather than think from conditioned mind's perspective.  Need to learn to convert from knowledge to wisdom.  Practice, practice, practice; cultivate, cultivate, cultivate, so meditate! meditate! meditate!


清淨的覺性不只是離開意識心,而且要使自己經常保持覺性,及站得住、站得長。此外,也要以清淨覺性,來處理任何事情,而不是以意識心來考慮。也要學得如何轉識成智。因此需要修行、修行,再修行,靜坐、靜坐,再靜坐。



Cathy Martin (傳韻)
I gained a much clearer understanding of the pure awareness and I gained many tools for meditation and mindfulness and practice from the Surangama Sutra.  This Sutra is clearly nothing less than a manual for attaining Buddhahood.  I can hardly believe my luck in encountering it.  


我更清楚清楚覺性,及從楞嚴經中學到靜坐及專注的修行法門。這部經就是一本成佛的手冊。真是不敢相信自己是多幸運能值遇。


John Wilkins
Too many to list, but main one: just let go
學習獲益很多,但唯一重點就是:「放下」。   

 

 


 


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