假 假 真 真

 

 

 

一位在精舍發心的法師,總以為:「既然一切如夢幻泡影,

凡事做、不做豈不都是一樣,那又何必太認真呢!」

一日,老和尚來到精舍,看見桌上有一盆人造花,

花上佈滿晶瑩剔透的人造水珠,和尚指著花,

問該法師:「這水珠是真的還是假的?」

法師回答:「假的!」

不到一分鐘,和尚又問:「這水珠是真的還是假的?」

法師一愣,再次回答:「報告師父,是-假-的!」

不到一分鐘,和尚再問:「這水珠是真的還是假的?」

法師如墜五里霧中,還是回答:「師父,這水珠,是假的!」

和尚笑了,說:「假的跟真的一樣!」

法師參了許久,忽然悟到:「一切法雖是如幻,

菩薩仍舊大作夢中佛事;雖是『夢中』,還是要對事以真。」

 


 

 False or Real?

A monk who served at a Zen center often thought, “Since every worldly phenomenon is like a dream or mirage, there is no difference whether I work diligently or not.”

One day, the Master came to the center. He saw an artificial flower which was covered with crystal-clear artificial water drops. Pointing to the flower, the Master asked this monk, “Are the water drops real or artificial?” The monk responded, “Artificial.”

A minute later, the Master asked again, “Are the water drops real or not?” Puzzled, the monk emphasized, “Shifu. They are ar-ti-ficial.” A little later, the Master asked again, “Are the water drops real or fake?” Astonished, the monk replied, “Shifu, the water drops are fake.” The Master smiled and said, “Just like the real thing.”

Afterwards, the monk pondered over this incident for a long time and suddenly came to a realization, “Although every worldly phenomenon is an illusion, to liberate sentient beings, a bodhisattva still carries out seemingly illusory activities with integrity.”

 

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