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中国寓言故事双语版 第111期:磨砖成镜

2019年10月23日 英语美文 暂无评论
摘要:

唐朝时,南岳衡山上有一座观音庙,庙宇庄严,香火缭绕。

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In the Tang Dynasty, there was a Guanyin (Avalokitesvara) Temple on the Southern Mountain of Hengshan.
唐朝时,南岳衡山上有一座观音庙,
The temple was stately and solemn, with incense smoke curling all around.
庙宇庄严,香火缭绕。
One day, the eminent Monk Huai Rang of the Chan sect strolled into the temple hall and saw Monk Ma Zu sitting calm and upright on a rush cushion,
有一天,禅宗高僧怀让踱进佛殿,一眼看到马祖和尚正端坐在蒲团上,
with his palms put together and his eyes closed in deep meditation.
静心合掌,闭目禅定。
Knowing that Ma Zu aspired to become a Buddha, Huai Rang smiled to himself.
怀让知道马祖一心想成佛,暗自好笑。
He picked up a brick at random, squatted on his heels and began to grind it noisily.
他随手拣来一块青砖,蹲在地上哗啦哗啦地磨了起来。
Ma Zu was vexed by the noise. He opened his eyes to find that it was his own master grinding a brick. He asked:
马祖听得心烦,睁眼一看,原来是自己的师傅在磨砖。马祖问:
“Master, what are you doing?”
“师傅,你在做什么?”
Huai Rang replied:
怀让回答:
“I am grinding the brick to make a mirror.”
“磨砖做镜。”
Ma Zu laughed and said:
马祖笑着说:
“Can a brick be ground into a mirror?”
“难道砖头也能磨成镜子吗?”

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“If a brick cannot be ground into a mirror,”replied Huai Rang, “then can you become a Buddha by sitting in deep meditation?”
怀让答道:“砖头不能磨成镜子,难道你坐禅就能成佛吗?”
Ma Zu was rather displeased, and said:
马祖很不高兴,说:
“What do you mean?”
“你这是什么意思?”
Huai Rang explained:
怀让解释说:
“For example, an ox pulls a cart, but the cart doesn’t move. Now, you say, should you whip the ox or push the cart?”
“打个比方说,牛拉车,车不动。你说,应该打牛还是推车?”
Ma Zu hummed and hawed but couldn’t answer.
马祖支支吾吾答不上来。
At this moment, Huai Rang said to him seriously:
这时候,怀让认真地对他说:
“You learn to sit in meditation in order to become a Buddha.
“你学坐禅是为了成佛,
In fact,it relies on wisdom and comprehension of the mind to become one,not at all on sitting.
其实,成佛靠的是心灵的颖悟,根本不是坐着能解决的。”
“As for a Buddha, he has no fixed appearance, so the mind cannot fix on any single object.
“而佛呢,没有固定的相貌,所以心不能停留在任何一种事物上。
If you try to learn Buddhism by sitting in meditation, that would amount to throttling a Buddha.
你想坐禅学佛,也就是杀佛。
If you obstinately dwell on external appearance, you will never comprehend the real Buddhist doctrine.”
你固执着外相,就永远不能领悟到真正的佛理。” 本文来自美文网

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