修懺正途 Correct Way to Repent

修懺正途   林鈺堂簡繁轉換 - 繁體

 

 

弟子自述
以往修懺 細檢己過
修到心情不暢 精神消沉
因此改為只誦經文

如此修懺
只重己過 自縛加深
心不得開 故而難受
改誦經文 趨近本淨 便無過患

一切修法
皆應不離菩提大心
修懺反省 做為引子
藉此一端 了悟眾生 尚在愚迷 皆易同犯
懺悔一事 普及眾生 已犯正犯將犯 皆求消淨
如斯修懺
心量無限 罪業易消
愈修愈覺清淨 開闊 安寧

故知尚未通達法理者
修法極需依止明師
一蒙指示正念正途
往往事半功倍
更可省走多少冤枉歧途

                     二○一二年三月十一日
                     觀音聖誕
                     養和齋    於加州


Correct Way to Repent

 

Yutang Lin

 

 

A disciple told me that
When she practiced repentance in the past
        She reflected into all minor offends she committed
Consequently she felt ill at ease and spirit down
Therefore she changed to reciting Sutras only

Practicing repentance like that
Emphasis was on finding one's faults
        And thereby deepened self-entanglement
Mind could not be opened up
        So it felt difficult to sustain the efforts
When changed to recitation of Sutras
It was approaching to original purity in our activities
        So there were no undesirable side-effects

Any and all Dharma practices should not
Be separated from the Great Bodhicitta
Reflecting on one's misdeeds in repentance practices
Serves only as a leading trigger
To ignite comprehension of facts about all sentient beings
While submerged in delusions born of ignorance
They are all likely to commit the same folly and sins
Repenting on one personal matter
Should be universalized to include all beings of the same offense
Whether it had been committed, is being committed or will be committed
May all such sins and misdeeds be fully eradicated
Repenting in this way
Mind is boundless, and so sinful karmas can easily be cleansed
The more one practices thus, the more one feels
Purified, opened up and tranquilized

So it seems that, for novices who have not comprehended well
The theoretical aspects of Dharma practices
To engage in Dharma practices they indeed need
To rely on the guidance of an experienced master
Once the right views and correct paths are pointed out
Often they can reach attainment through less efforts
And avoid wasting energies on unnecessary digressions

 

Written in Chinese and translated on March 11, 2012
Lunar February 19, Guan Yin's Birthday

El Cerrito, California