洛城南加禪寺首次舉行誦經禮懺佛法開示典禮 – Nan Jia Ch’an Monastery Los Angeles held the First Chanting Prayer & Dharma Talk

(本山訊)

2021年7月10日星期六下午三點,南加禪寺首次舉行法會慶典。是日,本山住持,世佛僧會首席副會長兼秘書長慧雄師父帶領常住法師諷誦【大乘金剛般若波羅蜜經】。當天,二十幾位四眾諷誦大乘經典。本山住持前後開頭及結束向大衆説明金剛經與修學佛法中道智慧的理念。一般世俗人對日常生活,人與人之間的生活抱著 “我贏了,我得到了” 觀念。因此,我們傷害了多少衆生而形成的業報。在無常變化當中認爲修世間的福田能滿足自己的欲望,便認爲有求必應,佛菩薩感應,所求如願。

其實生爲佛弟子,學佛的目的便是要超越世間無常,變化無窮並也能超越滿足欲望的痛苦。唯有修持佛法、皈依三寶,學習因果,所造一切如回光返照。從身口意業滿足自己的欲望卻不是唯一方式能獲得最圓滿的人生。佛陀説法八萬四千法門乃要我們體悟身口意業所造的果報形成業力,隨惡的果報在世間受苦輪回。所以要脫離苦惱必定要超越世俗觀念,所謂爭鬥的:我對你錯,我得你失,我贏你輸的欲望觀念。

金剛經人生哲學乃是佛陀所説的【應無所住】解脫之道的人生哲理。當我們能在娑婆世間裏,通過【無】的道理達到應無所住而生其心,便體悟無常變化,思維在娑婆國土内不是屬於我們所擁有的。當我們任為所擁有的都是幻化,應有所住,就有煩苦,旦能放下一切執著,你所擁有的是無限量。如果能進入從【無】體悟法界,究竟的道理,得生清净心,生活在無常的世間裏使我們更能體悟到原諒比爭比我贏更加重要,付出比得到更重要,包容比贏他人更重要。當一個修行人能體悟娑婆災難無量,心如虛空法界能接受一個曾經毀掉過你的人生,侵犯過你的財產,傷害過你的自尊。能夠用岀世心所擁有的太圆满了,要把它廣大如法界,究竟入虛空,我們就能夠做一個人間菩薩,更有金剛經人生的哲學。

7月11日,星期日上午10.30分,常住衆六位僧團帶領四眾虔誦頂禮八十八佛洪名寳懺,午日佛前大供。由於新的常住,故有部分信徒供養捐助。本山因此回歸給所有供養者每月燃燈供佛迴向。本山住持説明禮懺求懺悔通過思維積極懺摩求懺悔一定能得到出離心。如果拜懺只求消災平安,消除曾經所做過的罪業而沒有積極思維發露求懺悔,我們所得到只是世間的福田。當我們能夠注意罪從心造必定要在佛的座前誠懇發露懺悔。通過身口意無明煩惱的業報,當思維世間無常,思維造諸惡業只在一刹那當中從貪念、疑癡、嗔恨之心所造的,所以一切罪惡從心所造。我們要抓住心無所住而生清净心來求懺悔。能通過如此殊勝的應無所住的心,懺悔業報,菩提精進一定能增長慈悲地位更高一層。只要運用修學佛法的智慧去修持,不管拜梁皇寳懺、慈悲三昧水懺,所有一切懺法都是修持解脫世間無常煩惱的方法。當我們有所求,要所得,雖然我們做功德懺悔,只不過得到的福田是世間無常變化的福田。

洪名寳懺乃大寶積經藥王藥上菩薩所發宏大的悲願,再持誦藥王藥上菩薩的咒語使我們所懺悔的能得到殊勝的悲願。當我們跟佛菩薩的願力相應,我們禮懺的功德就會得到加持力,無明煩惱得解脫。是日,本山中午具備如意齋給大衆結緣。四眾通過首次誦大乘經典,禮佛求懺悔,如此殊勝的功德,大衆法喜充滿,莊嚴國土,利樂有情。

Temple News:

On Saturday, July 10, 2021, at 3 pm in the afternoon, Nan Jia Ch’an Monastery hold the chanting prayer for the first time. On the day, the abbot cum Chief Vice President, Secretary-General of World Buddhist Sangha Council, Most Venerable Hui Xiong, led the sangha and dedicated devotees recited on the Mahayana Sutra-The Vajracchedika-prajna-paramita Sutra(Diamond Sutra).

On the day, more than 20 devotees recited the Mahayana sutras devoutly. The abbot Venerable Hui Xiong explained to the devotees the concepts of the Diamond Sutra and the wisdom of the Middle Way (Sanskrit: Madhyamāpratipada) in Buddhism at the beginning and the end of the prayer ceremony. Peoples hold the strong ideas of “I win, I get” in our life.

Therefore, invisibly we had hurt many sentient beings and formed karma. In the midst of impermanent changes, all human beings think that through blessings can satisfy their desires and needs,they believe that all requests are responsive, and Buddhas and Bodhisattvas will fulfill their wishes and desires.

In fact, as a Buddhist, the purpose of studying Buddhism is to transcend the impermanence of the world. Infinite changes cannot surpass the pain of satisfying desires. The Lord Buddha taught that because no physical or mental object is permanent, desires for or attachments to either causes sufferings.

Only by practicing the Dharma, taking refuge in the Three Jewels, and believe in cause and effect, everything you create is like returning to light. Satisfying one’s desires from body, mouth, mind and karma is not the only way to achieve the most fulfilling life.

The Buddha taught the eighty-four thousand methods are for us to realize the karma are created by body, mouth, mind. karma refers to action driven by intention which leads to future consequences. Those intentions are considered to be the determining factor in the kind of rebirth in samsara cycle of rebirth.

Bad actions in a previous life can follow a person into their next life and cause bad effects and suffering. Therefore, to get rid of distress, one must go beyond secular concepts, improve our life, by clearing our bad karma, from past lives and present life.
The so-called fighting on the desire concepts on “I am right and you are wrong,” “I gain and you lose,” are meaningless.

The Diamond Sutra is a very popular

Mahayana Buddhist text. The philosophy of the sutra is the life philosophy of the way of liberation that the Lord Buddha said “Thoughts should not be conditioned on situations,” means we should develop a mind which does not abide in anything.

In this Sara world, the Sanskrit “anātman” means “non-self”, “None”meaning “not have; without”, is a key word in Buddhism.

The concept of selflessness is one of the distinguishing marks of Buddhism.

Through the principle of “None”, we can realize and feel the change of impermanence, and visualized the Sara world is not belong to us. For Buddhism, the proximate cause of this suffering is craving and attachment, but this is, in turn, generated by the belief in the self. Peoples assume that they have “selves”. When we have illusion, we will have strong clinging and attachment, then there will be troubles and sufferings, once we can let go of all attachments, what we have is unlimited.

If we can enter the realm of the Dharma from the “none”experience, the ultimate supreme truth, the life of a pure heart & mind, and living in the world of impermanence will enable us to realize that forgiveness is more important than striving to win, giving is more important than gain, and tolerance is more important than winning others. A spiritual practitioner can realized and feel pain and boundless disasters in this Sara world. His heart is like a void Dharma Realm who can accept a life that has ruined your life, violated your property, and hurt your self-esteem. A practitioner whose minds are like space as vast as the Dharma realm,whose intellects are broad as the cosmos, whose mental flow is based on accumulated virtue, be a humanistic Bodhisattva and cultivate a philosophy life of Diamond sutra.

On July 11, at 10.30 am Sunday morning, the six residential Sangha led all dedicated devotees to worship the 88 Buddha Repentance Kshamayati Sutra and make puja offerings at noon. Because of a new monastery, some devotees make donations and offerings. The temple in returns lighting lamps for the donors every month. The abbot Venerable Hui Xiong in his Dharma speech said that we need to repent and confess our mistakes devoutly, through visualize our bad deeds we had make. Diligently in confession and seeking repentance will surely lead to renounce our secular mind. If confession only seeks to eliminate disasters and peace, and eliminate the sin karma that has been done without positive thinking, we will only get the humanistic blessings.

We must sincerely express repentance in front of the Buddha’s statue, we must know that the sins we created are from our heart and mind,

our life is shaped by our mind; a good action creates good karma, as does good intent. A bad action creates bad karma, as does bad intent. One does karma by way of body, speech, & mind. All that exists is impermanent; nothing lasts. Therefore nothing can be grasped or held onto. Impermanence is inescapable. Everything vanishes. Therefore there is nothing more important than continuing the path with diligence, practice and cultivation with our wisdom and increase our compassion. The evil karma created is created in a moment from greed, suspicion, and hatred, so all sins are created from the heart. We must grasp our heart, do not let the evil thoughts arise,do not let the evil thoughts to live. As long as we use our wisdom to practice Buddha-Dharma, whether we worship on Emperor Liang Jewel Repentance Kshamayati Sutra or Compassion Sanadhi Water Repentance Sutra, all repentance methods are the methods to practice and get away from suffering and worry. The Practice of repentance is the grand vows make by Mahā ratnakūṭa sūtra,Bhaiṣajyarāja Bodhisattva

(Medicine King Bodhisattva) and Bhaişajya-samudgata Bodhisattva (Supreme Medicine Bodhisattva).

Reciting the mantra of the Bhaisajyaraja & Bhaisaijyaguru-Samudgata will enable us to repent with supreme compassionate vows.

When we correspond to the aspirations of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, our merits of ritual repentance will be blessed, and we will be relieved from ignorance and troubles and unveiling of our innate and pristine Buddha Nature. On the day, the temple prepares vegetarian food for all the devotees at noon. By reciting the Mahayana sutras for the first time, devotees pray to the Buddha and seek repentance. With such extraordinary merits, everyone is full of joy and bliss.