不落兩邊  Not Falling to Either Side

不落兩邊       林鈺堂簡繁轉換 - 繁體

佛法中有云
「不落兩邊」
活在世間隨時都有立場
一有立場必屬對立之一方
如何還能依佛法「不落兩邊」呢
是否佛法叫我們要變成
「兩邊不是人」或「牆頭草」呢
學佛豈非成了無用之人或無恥之徒

其實「不落兩邊」是教人
要不為成見所拘 不被執著所縛
正如〈心經〉所說 心無罣礙
而在起心動念 做人處世上
則應如《金剛經》的教示
應無所住而生其心
隨著因緣而有開闊普濟的菩提行止

了達了「不落兩邊」的真諦
本著菩提心
正無妨隨著因緣而
有時站這邊 有時立那邊
而依舊是「不落兩邊」
因為心中並無定見及執取
只是為了普渡眾生而隨緣應化

 

                     二○一三年十二月一日
                     養和齋    於加州

Not Falling to Either Side

Yutang Lin

In Dharma there is the saying that
        One should not fall to either side of duality
In daily life at any instant one must assume a stand
With a stand one must be at one side of a duality
How then could one still abide by the teaching of Dharma
        And remain not falling to either side
Does it mean that Dharma teaches us to become
        "A traitor to both sides" or "a swinging grass on the wall"
Following the Dharma wouldn't one then become
        A useless person or a shameless rascal

Indeed the intention of the saying that
        One should not fall to either side of duality
Is to teach people to become
        Neither bounded by prejudice nor confined by attachment
Just as the "Heart Sutra" says
        Mind free from attachments
And as one raises intentions and thoughts or behave in daily life
Then one should follow the instruction from the "Diamond Sutra"
        One should raise intentions without abiding anywhere
To conduct Bodhi activities that are open-minded and aiming at universal salvation
        According to causal conditions of given circumstances

Once the real significance of the saying that
        One should not fall to either side of duality
Is properly and fully comprehended
Based on Bodhicitta one may freely
        Sometimes stand on this side
        Sometimes stand on that side
        According to the causal conditions of various circumstances
And yet one remains not falling to either side of duality
This is because one's mind is free from prejudice and attachment
And one takes various stands according to circumstances
Simply to help universally all beings attain enlightenment

 

December 1, 2013
El Cerrito, California