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無論你選擇什麼修持,最重要的是覺知。覺知是一切!當你認出覺知,所有的修持都變得甚深。 —《帶自己回家》P.382

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Mingyur Rinpoche online teachings 2020 - An excerpt from the ninth teaching

Title: Equanimity in Uncertain Times
Date and time: May 31, 2020, 11pm

The essence of patience is the mind of resilience

Now I would like to discuss “patience”. Nowadays there’s a lot of uncertainty. People don’t know when the quarantine and lockdown will end. We don’t know when we can go back to our normal life, to our study or business. People are waiting, and there’s uncertainty. So it’s very important to know about patience. What is patience? The essence of patience is a mind of resilience. Your mind is open, big, and there’s some kind of courage. If there’s no courage or peace, the mind will have no resilience, then it becomes very sensitive. When something goes wrong, we get very upset. When a slight problem occurs in our life, we get disappointed easily. Even if you don’t want to be disappointed, even if you don’t want to have panic, even if you don’t want to get angry … even if you don’t want to worry, you worry. So the mind should be more resilient – that is patience.

For patience, one of the very important things is to accept reality as it is. What we say is, “life is like the waves of the ocean”. As I had mentioned many times previously, life is up and down, so we should accept the ups and downs. But at the same time, the essence of life is full of great things. Who we are – we have awareness, wisdom, capacity, skills, love, compassion, wisdom. There are so many great things within us. Accept and recognise this. But at the same time, whatever we do, it won’t always be perfect. So it’s up and down, up and down, up and down. Therefore, let go. Life is like the waves of the ocean, accept the ups and downs. But don’t give up.

Use your wisdom, knowledge and skills. Whatever you can do, try your best. You have to try your best, but your mind should not become too tight about the result. Enjoy the course. With whatever you can do, try to do your best, then you will find the balance. Then you can easily follow the natural rhythm. When things go up, you can go up; when things go down, you can go down. You know how to dance with life. Life is like dancing. Life is like the stock market – I mentioned this before. So accepting that is letting go. But don’t give up – use your innate qualities and try your best. Then it becomes really powerful.

No straight path to the top of the mountain

Let’s say you want to go to the top of a mountain. Is there a straight path to go to the top? Impossible. Such a path does not exist. What happens is, you will start from the bottom, go up a little bit, and you will come down. Don’t give up, learn from your mistakes. Learn from the obstacles, learn from the problems. Everyone makes mistakes. Everyone has some kind of problems. Life has problems, but the problems and obstacles can become opportunities. Problems can become solutions; obstacles can become opportunities. So don’t give up. You will go up a little bit, and you will come down again – up, down, up, down, up, down. Each time you will learn and grow more. Then you will reach the top. So it is like this (On a piece of paper, Rinpoche draws a spiral moving upwards)…That is our life!

But what happens normally? What we expect is a straight line, like this (Rinpoche draws a straight line). When we don’t have that straight line, we get upset. We make a big deal out of it. We blame ourselves, blame others, blame the environment, make a mess of it. In the end, we might need to give up, because we were too tight or too loose. So to be patient is to find the natural rhythm.

Finding balance: not too loose, not too tight

In Tibet we have this famous story. When I was young, my grandfather told me this story about how to be patient, how to make right effort. The story is about a turtle and a rabbit. The rabbit and turtle want to race to see who can reach the mountain top first. Before they started, the rabbit thought, “Oh, I can jump a few times and I would reach the mountain top. The turtle is so slow, how can it compare with me?” Then the rabbit quickly jumped and almost reached the top, then it felt tired and went to sleep. As for the turtle, it slowly climbed up without giving up, relaxed and not too tight. In the end it reached the top of the mountain. The turtle then called out to the rabbit. The rabbit woke up and looked down, “Where’s the turtle? He is calling me. But I can’t see him.” Again the turtle called the rabbit. The rabbit looked around, “Where is he? Maybe he’s nearby?” Again the turtle called. The rabbit looked up, and the turtle is there. Therefore, continue to try, don’t give up, learn from the mistakes, grow from the obstacles. In the end, everything adds to whatever you want to achieve – it will become like that. So finding this balance is really important.

For example, if you’re an artist, once you have learned well, then when you work on something and the painting comes almost effortlessly, then the art becomes very good. Similarly with singing. When the singing comes effortlessly, the voice, everything, becomes very good. There’s effort. It feels like it’s effortless, but actually it’s not effortless. There is some effort. But that effort follows the natural rhythm – not too tight. So that is the real patience and equanimity. Equanimity means “not too tight, not too loose”. Hate for the enemy, or being overly attached to your loved ones – in these situations you become unbalanced. So you know there are people you do not like, and there are those whom you like; you can learn from both, both can help you to grow, to transform, to learn.

Why not try a different way?

Sometimes when you try to do something or to achieve something, you reach a dead end. What happens then is most people give up. Or they bang their head on the wall – you will hurt your head this way, right? Actually, although you may not cross this way, there are different ways – right, left, up, beneath… there are many different ways. In fact, you may cross the wall, just not that way.

For example, I went to a retreat for 4½ years, then I came back to Tergar Osel Ling in Kathmandu, Nepal. The old monastery that was here was broken and damaged by the earthquake that happened before I came back. The moment I saw the monastery, woah, that was a shocking experience. I had a lot of memories there of my father, I learned meditation there with my father and my grandfather, and now there were cracks all over the place and some walls had fallen. I had a big shock. Then I suddenly remembered: impermanence. I tried to think about impermanence. Impermanence does not mean death, then nothing. Impermanence means change, so it’s full of possibilities, full of different doorways and paths.

I thought, “How can I transform this into something beneficial for other people?” So I created different projects, and some of them are developing and in progress, and soon will be of benefit. We have a monastic college here, and we plan to have international meditation teaching and learning. Now many institutes teach Buddhist philosophy and philosophy about meditation, but they don’t teach the techniques. And some retreat places teach the techniques, but they don’t teach the background. So, here, the scholastic and meditative aspects are joined together, and we will have a new and very exciting curriculum. Soon, nice things will happen around this monastery because of the earthquake. I am not saying it was good to have the earthquake, which caused a lot of damage and took many lives. But for those of us who are here now, don’t let the disaster take away our aspirations, our courage, and our resilience. So don’t give up. Continue to learn, to grow, to transform. This is really important for our lives.
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【2020年明就仁波切親授線上課程・第九堂開示摘要】

主題:在不確定之中修安忍與平等
日期:2020年5月31日 下午11:00
翻譯:妙琳法師

■ 安忍的精髓 是種開放、有彈性的心
今天我想談一談關於「安忍」。現在一切都很不確定,大家都不知道這樣的隔離、封城要到什麼時候才會結束?什麽時候才能步回正軌,能夠繼續我的學習,經營我的生意?大家都在不確定中等待著。因此,認識「安忍」很重要。

什麼是「安忍」呢?「安忍」的精髓是一種有彈性的心,你的心開放而強大,帶有一種勇氣 ; 如果沒有勇氣和平靜,心就會變得沒有彈性和敏感。即使是一點小事不對勁,你就會覺得很不安。生活中出現一點小問題,我們就很容易失望。即使你不想感覺失望、恐慌,不想要生氣、擔憂,卻無法控制自己的心。事實上心應該更有彈性,而這就是「安忍」。

■ 隨著人生的起伏而舞動
以「安忍」而言,很重要的一點,要如是知道並接受一切。過去我提過很多次,人生是起伏不定的,像海上的波浪,而我們就要接受它如是起伏。但在接受的同時,人生也充滿了美好的事物,例如我們有著覺知、慈愛、悲心、能力、技巧、智慧,我們的內在具備那麽多殊勝的特質,不是嗎?所以要接受、認識出它們,但同時要知道,無論我們做什麽,無法總是盡善盡美,會有上下起伏。因此,也要學習放下,接受這些起伏,卻不放棄。
運用你的智慧、學識、技巧,做任何事都盡力而為,但不要太執著結果,投入應盡的努力,同時享受這個過程。那麼,你就會找到一個平衡,找到一個自然的節奏和進度。無論情況如何起伏,你都能屈能伸,你知道如何隨著人生舞動。生活就像一場舞蹈、就像股市,接受它如此,就是一種放下;然而不要放棄,並運用我們內在特質能力盡力而為,那就會很有力量。

■ 人生如登山 迂迴上下才是自然
如果你想爬到山頂,上山的路線會是一條直路嗎?不可能的。這種一條直線的路是不存在的。事實上,一開始會先往上走一段路,然後再迂迴下行。因此不要放棄,從自己的錯誤、障礙與問題當中學習。每個人都會犯錯,也都有各自的問題。人生總會出現問題,但問題及障礙也可以成爲一種機會,一種解決方案,所以不要放棄。你會上行一段,然後又迂迴向下,上下、上下...,而每一次你都會學到東西,得到成長。最後,你就爬到山頂了。迂迴地上上下下往前進,這就是我們的人生!

但一般情況是什麽?我們所期待的是一條直線到達目的地。一旦看不到一條直線,我們就會覺得焦躁,就小題大作,捶打自己、責怪他人、責怪環境,攪得一團糟。到最後,因為太緊繃或太鬆懈,我們可能就會放棄。所以「安忍」是要找到自然的節奏。

■ 不鬆懈且不緊繃 學習找到平衡
西藏有一個著名的故事。小時候外公跟我講了這個關於耐心、正精進的故事 — 烏龜和兔子的故事。烏龜跟兔子賽跑,看誰先跑到山頂。比賽一開始,兔子就想:「我蹦幾下就到山頂了。這隻小烏龜慢吞吞地爬行,怎麽能跟我比啊?」於是,兔子快要到山頂時覺得很累,就先睡了一覺。而那隻烏龜慢慢地一直往上爬,不放棄,但也不緊繃。最後,烏龜先爬到了山頂。於是牠呼喊著兔子,兔子被叫醒了,向山下看去,但牠左看右看都沒看到烏龜。接著又聽到烏龜喊牠,兔子往上一看,沒想到烏龜已經在山頂了。所以,要持續、不放棄,從錯誤中學習,從障礙中成長。到最後,其實每件事都在輔助你達到自己的理想,都成為了你的助力。所以,真正的重點是要找到平衡,這點很重要。

舉例來說,如果你是個藝術家,一旦你作畫時輕鬆自如,作品就會很出色。唱歌也是如此,當你輕鬆地駕馭聲音,就能唱出美妙的歌聲。感覺上好像是毫不費力,但其實並不是完全不出力,仍帶有力道。這樣的力道是隨順自然節奏,不會太緊繃,那就是真正的「安忍」、「平等捨」。「平等捨」的意思就是不要太緊繃,也不要太鬆懈。如果憎恨敵人,而過於執著自己親近的人,這些就是種不平衡的狀態。相反,你知道有自己不喜歡的人,也知道有自己喜歡的人;每個人都有你可以學習的地方,兩者都可以幫助你成長和轉化,都能幫助你學習。

■ 何不換個方式試試?
有時候,當你想要做什麽,或想要達到一個目標,過程中走到了死胡同。一般我父親會說你走到盡頭了,會發生什麽?大部分人就放棄了,或是撞牆撞到滿頭傷,但事實上你這樣是穿不過去的。然而,有不同的方式穿越:向左、向右、向上或向下,很多不同的方式。也許這麼做就可以越過這堵牆;而不是用莽撞的方式。

舉例來說,我去遊方閉關四年半之後,回到尼泊爾加德滿都的德噶光明寺,在我回來之前,寺院因為地震遭到嚴重損壞。當我第一眼看到寺院的那一刻,哇!給了我很大的震撼。這裡有很多關於我父親的記憶,我曾在這間寺院跟著我的父親、外公學習。當時看到寺院建築到處是裂縫,有些牆壁都脫落了,我震驚不已。接著我認識到這是無常,便試著去思維無常。無常並不表示死亡、結束、什麽都沒有了;無常表示改變,因此它充滿了各種可能性,充滿各種不同的通道路徑。

於是我想,要如何轉化現狀,而讓它對人們帶來更多利益?後來便有了不同的項目設計,目前我們這些項目都在進行中,希望很快就會帶來利益。我們這裡有佛學院,計畫未來也會是教授國際學生禪修、進行修學的地方。目前很多學院講授佛法教理和禪修,但沒有教導實際禪修的方法;而很多閉關的地方,會教禪修技巧,但卻不教理論。但是在這裡,我們結合學術和修行兩個面向,我們設計了讓人欣喜的課程。很快,寺院這裡就會展現出新氣象,可以說是地震帶來的福祉。地震造成了很多破壞,奪走很多人的生命。然而,對於此刻還在這裡的人來說,不要因為災難而喪失意志、勇氣和彈性。不要放棄,繼續從中學習、成長,持續地轉化。我認爲這對我們人生來說真的很重要。
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【溫馨提示】
2020年6月6日(星期六)2:30-3:30pm 將開展「開心禪」一階的網上共修,主題為「開放的覺知(上)」。 歡迎已完成「開心禪」一階課程的學員參加!

禪修時,你可能沒有特別執著在什麼對境,但是你還是有覺知,還是清楚當下發生的一切,這就是自心某種程度的呈現,可以概括地說是一個覺性的中心。— 摘自《世界上最快樂的人》 P182

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