真 正 的 不 退

 

 

 

X法師在精舍擔任住持多年,覺得眾生難度,

菩薩道難行,身心疲憊不已。

某日,老和尚來精舍用齋,此時已過了用齋時間許久,

X師見師父整日為眾生而奔波,風塵樸樸而來,臉上卻沒有

絲毫的不耐,忍不住問和尚:「師父,外面的大環境這麼惡劣,

為什麼您建道場、度眾生的心都不會退?」

只見和尚閉目而堅定的回答:

「外面的環境愈惡劣,心愈堅定,這才是真正的不退。」

X師一聽,頓時心中一振,煩惱倦怠立刻化為烏有。

 


 

 The True Meaning of Non-Regression

 

A monk who had been the abbot at a Zen center for many years had experienced many difficulties. He felt mentally and physically frustrated in teaching the Dharma and cultivating the path of the bodhisattva. He wondered how to achieve the “stage of non-regression” in spiritual practice.

One day, the Master came to the center for a meal.  Although it was way past mealtime, and despite having been on the road for days and giving Dharma lectures one after another, he was calm and centered, displaying not the slightest trace of weariness.

Seeing this, the abbot inquired, “Shifu, the social climate for teaching the Dharma gets worse and worse. Why do you still build monasteries and Zen centers? Why does your mind not regress even for a single moment in its determination to help all sentient beings?”

The Master closed his eyes and answered firmly, “The worse the conditions get, the stronger your determination should be. That is true non-regression.” Upon hearing this, it was as if a flash of light had entered his mind—the monk’s frustrations suddenly disappeared.

 

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