成 佛 A 計 劃


 

 

某位法師出家前號稱:〝I am a planner.

剃度當晚立刻列出用功計劃表:一天誦七遍金剛經,

108遍大悲咒,禮佛108……

三天後,老和尚問:「出家後怎麼樣?」

法師沾沾自喜的說:「弟子一天誦108遍大悲咒。」

以為和尚會讚歎自己的精進用功。

和尚卻說:「不要持咒。」

法師心想:「不持咒,誦經拜佛總可以吧?

於是說:弟子一天還誦7遍金剛經,禮佛108拜。

和尚說:「不要誦經,不要拜佛。」

  法師楞了一下,問道:「師父,出家不誦經,不拜佛,那要做什麼?」

和尚回答:「當下這念心,如如不動,修中道實相觀。」

 


   

 The Best Laid Plans

 

Before becoming a member of the Sangha, a certain monk’s nickname was ‘Perfect Planner.’ On the night he was ordained, he immediately planned a schedule for practice: everyday he would recite the Diamond Sutra seven times, chant the Great Compassion mantra 108 times, prostrate to the Buddha 108 times, etc.

After three days, the Master asked him, “How do you feel after becoming a monk?” He replied proudly, “I chant the Great Compassion mantra 108 times everyday,” thinking that the Master would be proud of his diligence. But instead the Master replied, “Don’t chant any mantras.”

The monk thought, “If I do not chant any mantras, then it should be okay to recite sutras?” So he said to the Master, “I also recite the Diamond Sutra seven times and do prostrations 108 times everyday.” The Master said, “Don’t recite any sutras and don’t do prostrations.”

The monk was dumbfounded and finally asked, “Shifu, if a monk doesn’t recite sutras, doesn’t do prostrations, what should he do?” The Master answered, “Keep the present mind still and in suchness, and contemplate the reality of the Middle Way.”

 

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