明觉杂志

一行禅师,一笔一念

文:邝志康 | 2014-11-14

一挥而就的圆形,构成至高的心灵境界。


一行禅师(Thích Nhat Hanh)是国际知名的佛门龙象,除此之外,他更是一位诗人和书法家。禅师曾说,在他的书法中,有墨、有茶、有呼吸、有正念、有定心,书法就是禅修。书法对一般人而言是熏陶性情的活动,然而禅师却视它为将心凝留在当下的修行法门。一笔一画,那无丝毫纷杂妄念的禅定功夫,尽现世人眼前。


他的作品多数是小幅的,而且以英文为主,虽然偶尔会用中文写下「无事」、「正心」,但那毕竟只是神秘的惊喜。寥寥数笔,禅师以墨静观天地,勾起我们对快乐和幸福的憧憬──”this is it”,短短三个词,收摄十方真理,我们就在当下,当下就是此处,是生命的真谛。


禅师常要求我们微笑,所谓 “smile” 是也。人生太多苦楚,数不尽的烦恼,如炽火般炙烫我们,那有余裕微笑?禅师于是又说,”breathe, smile”,先静心呼吸,将一切不愉快的感觉抛开,专注于鼻息上,然后嘴角向两边掀动,你会发现,笑容一直与自己同在。


我们是一体的。襌师忆述他常收到来自各地难民营的信件,字裏行间充满痛苦。正因为关心,我们很轻易便感到义愤填膺,渴望对施暴者报复,然而一旦你这样做时,大家又有何分别呢?在生命最深处,你、我、他三者并无差别。襌师受这种感觉启发,写出以下这首诗:


Please Call Me by My True Names


Don't say that I will depart tomorrow—
even today I am still arriving.


Look deeply: every second I am arriving
to be a bud on a Spring branch,
to be a tiny bird, with still-fragile wings,
learning to sing in my new nest,
to be a caterpillar in the heart of a flower,
to be a jewel hiding itself in a stone.


I still arrive, in order to laugh and to cry,
to fear and to hope.
The rhythm of my heart is the birth and death
of all that is alive.


I am a mayfly metamorphosing
on the surface of the river.
And I am the bird
that swoops down to swallow the mayfly.


I am a frog swimming happily
in the clear water of a pond.
And I am the grass-snake
that silently feeds itself on the frog.


I am the child in Uganda, all skin and bones,
my legs as thin a bamboo sticks.
And I am the arms merchant,
selling deadly weapons to Uganda.


I am the twelve-year-old girl,
refugee on a small boat,
who throws herself into the ocean
after being raped by a sea pirate.
And I am the pirate,
my heart not yet capable
of seeing and loving.


I am a member of the politburo,
with plenty of power in my hands.
And I am the man who has to pay
his debt of blood to, my people,
dying slowly in a forced labor camp.


My joy is like Spring, so warm
it makes flowers bloom all over the Earth.
My pain is like a river of tears,
so vast it fills the four oceans.


Please call me by my true names,
so I can hear all my cries and laughter at once,
so I can see that my joy and pain are one.
Please call me by my true names,
so I can wake up
and the door of my heart
could be left open,
the door of compassion.


襌师的语言温柔而强大,千锤百链成就出一滴又一滴的正念,唤醒我们周边蟄伏着有待爆发的奇迹种子,共同闪耀生命的光辉。


同颂 禅师永住!





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