3/27-4/3/2011 楞嚴禪修營

於一毛端現寶王剎,矽谷一隅百眾齊會,反聞自性入如來藏;
坐微塵裡轉大法輪,楞嚴法水但飲一瓢,其甘無盡其用無方。(起香法語)


古來有「成佛的法華,開悟的楞嚴」之說。楞嚴經所以甚為稀有,不只是因為這部經是一千多年前,印度般剌密諦尊者割體藏經,歷經千辛萬苦,才使這部經東傳到中國,更是因為這部經是修行者,開悟成佛的寶典指南。

為使美國廣大居士有機會研修此一珍貴經典,太谷精舍特地於三月二十七日至四月三日舉行楞嚴禪修營。共有來自太谷精舍、洛杉磯中洲禪寺、奧克拉荷馬佛心寺、西雅圖佛寶寺,及舊金山、拉斯維加斯、丹佛、台灣的九十五位學員參加。

在八天七夜的禪修營期間,秉持  導師惟覺老和尚指導的「福德、教理、禪定」三環一體修行理念,將課程活動分成聽經聞法(教理)、出坡(福德),及半日禪(禪定)三大主軸,並在早晚課時,持誦楞嚴咒。

在 授課方面,為了方便無法了解中文的英文人居士也有機會聽聞楞嚴大意,在課程期間分成中文班及英文班進行,由住持法師依楞嚴經的見道、修道、證道及助道四大 內容,分別講授二決定義、十番顯見、眾生輪轉因果、菩薩位階及五十陰魔等主題。晚間的中英文班共同課程,則由住持法師指導學員如何依據二十五圓章來禪修。

除了聽經聞法,學員每天也須靜坐三支香(包含一支七十分鐘的長香),以期將所修習的課程內容,運用到靜坐禪修中。

除了靜中的聽課與靜坐,常住法師也將學員們分成不同組別出坡,或是整理精舍庫房,清掃精舍地板、大寮、架房及太陽能板,或是整理庭院,拔除野草,讓學員們可以在動中磨練安住真心,而覺察意識心的變化。

在最後一天解香茶會時,學員們紛紛表達十分幸運有這個機會聞聽到此一殊勝經典,也對自己未來的修行更有信心。更有三十多位學員在解香當天皈依,成為佛弟子。


居士心得--

Julia Hsu
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。

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".



Christina Man (傳晴)
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。

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!



Cathy Martin (傳韻)
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。

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.

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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