現 在 幾 點

 

 

 

早期興建靈泉寺,和尚時常帶領弟子出坡作務,直到三更半夜。

一晚,有位法師向和尚請示:「師父,時間很晚了,我們要不要休息了?」

和尚問:「現在幾點?」

答:「十一點多了。」

和尚回頭說:「哦!美國現在是白天。」

法師頓了一下,繼續與和尚把工作完成,直到凌晨一點多,也不覺得睏。

腦海中,突然浮現和尚的一句話:「睡眠也是妄想。」

真是一點也沒錯!

 


 

  What Time is it Now?

 

In the early days of the construction of Ling Chuan Monastery, the Master often led his disciples in working meditation by laboring at the construction site until past midnight. One night, a monk inquired of the Master, “Shifu, it is already late; isn’t it time to take a break?” The Master asked, “What time is it now?” “It is one hour before midnight,” the monk replied. The Master turned to him and said, “Oh! It is now daytime in America.”

The monk paused for a while and then continued to work with the Master until one o’clock in the morning. When they finished, he was not sleepy at all. Suddenly, he realized the truth of the Master’s words, “To sleep is to be in delusion.”

 

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