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Divorce
婚變

In this life, if you do not engage in sexual misconduct by having affairs, you will not divorce in future lives. But if you were not faithful in previous lives, your marriage in this life will not be a happy one. Various things will happen to disrupt your marriage. That is the retribution for engaging in sexual misconduct.

今生不邪婬,你很守規矩不跟別的女人或男人去邪婬,來生你結婚也不會離婚的。因為你前生不忠實,今生也搞得不愉快,有種種特別因緣就婚變。婚姻有變故了,這是邪婬的果報。

Lying
妄語

“Not lying in this life, we will not be cheated in future lives.” If we don’t lie in this life, no one will cheat us in future lives. If someone cheats us, we must realize, “Oh, I must have lied in a previous life and so I am being cheated in this life.”
Someone told me that the four people from the Philippines did not come to leave the home-life. They just used that as an excuse to come to the United States. I said that it’s all right. I know their motive very clearly, but I still believe them because I don’t want to cheat people and I also believe that people will not deceive me. Even if I know someone is cheating me, I will not bring forth the thought that he is. Those people may hear me and say, “Oh! That’s good.” In this world, many people put up defensive fronts against each other. You fear that I may cheat you, and I am afraid that you may deceive me. Am I taking a loss by not minding being cheated? If I am, it doesn’t matter.

「今生不妄語,來生無欺騙」:因為今生不打妄語,到來生沒有人會欺騙你。所以有人欺騙自己,F噢!原來前生自己打過妄語,所以今生才有人欺騙我。」有人告訴我,從菲律賓來的四個人不是真的要來出家,是想藉這條路來這𥚃,來了以後不會出家。我說沒有關係,我就是明明知道他們是欺騙我,我還是相信他們。因為我不願意欺騙人,我也相信人不欺騙我。我明明知道他是欺騙我,我也不想他是欺騙我,我不這麼想。那個人聽了之後說:「噢!這是好的!」這個世界就是你防備我,我防備你;你怕我欺騙你,我怕你欺騙我。那我知道他欺騙我,卻不這麼想,是不是吃虧了?吃虧就吃虧了,沒有關係

Drinking, insanity?
喝酒,發神經?

“Not drinking in this life, we will not lose our sanity in future lives.” Why is it that people lose their sanity or have mental illness in this life? It is because they drank too much and took a lot of drugs in previous lives. Therefore, the insanity continues into this life. The circular flow of cause and effect is this way whether you believe it or not. Whether you believe it or not I will say it just the same.

「今生不醉酒,來生不狂亂」:來生就不會發癲狂,發神經。為甚麼你今生發神經,精神不正常?就因為你前生喝酒喝得太多了。那個麻醉藥、迷幻藥也吃了很多,所以到今生狂性還不斷。這個因果循環就是這樣的。信不信由你,我不管。你信,我也這麼說;你不信,我也這麼說:不管你信不信,我都要說

Is there no benefit in studying the Buddhadharma?
學佛法沒有甚麼利益?

“I have studied, investigated, and listened to the Buddhadharma for a long, long time and I have not gained any benefit!” What benefit do you want? In fact, you have gained great benefit without knowing it. What kind of benefit have you gained?

「唉!我學習佛法,研究佛法,聽經聞法,已經有這麼長的時間了,我還沒有得道甚麼利益!」你想得到甚麼利益?其實這個利益對你是很大的,你卻不知道。甚麼利益呢?

Is there no benefit in studying the Buddhadharma?
學佛法沒有甚麼利益? Part 2

When you study Buddhadharma here, you aren't out murdering people. Therefore, you are not among those murderers. Is that not a benefit? When you come here to attend Dharma lectures, you will not be found among thieves and burglars. If you don't listen to lectures, you may get involved in theft, robbery, or even arson. Now that you study Buddhadharma, you are free from all these crimes. Wouldn't you say that's a benefit?

譬如你在這𥚃學習佛法,你就不會去殺人,在殺人罪犯𥚃就沒有你了。你說這不是好處嗎?你這兒聽經聞法,偷盜的罪犯又沒有你了;你若不聽經聞法,說不定就偷盜、殺人、放火,偷盜的罪犯𥚃,你恐怕就有一份了。你說這不是好處嗎?

Is there no benefit in studying the Buddhadharma?
學佛法沒有甚麼利益? Part 3

When learning Buddhadharma, you do not get involved in sexual misconduct. so you won’t commit crimes such as rape. You do many proper things so you will be free from all crimes. Isn’t that a benefit? When you study Buddhadharma, you won’t tell lies or go around cheating people. Then, you won’t commit the offense of lying. That is purifying your mouth karma. If you can go further to refrain from drinking, smoking, and taking drugs, then your mind karma would be purified too. Since you don’t consume those intoxicants, you wouldn’t be in the company of drug criminals either.

你現在學習佛法,身就不會去犯婬業,不會到外面去行婬欲。你沒有這種行為,在姦殺的罪犯裡又沒有你這一份了。你做很多正當的事,這個罪犯裡你又沒有份了,這豈不是好處呢?你在這兒學佛法不會去打妄語,不會去外面欺騙人,那麼打妄語的罪犯裡又沒有你了,你這就是口業清淨了。你再不喝酒,不抽菸,不吸毒,不吃種種迷魂藥了,你的意業也會清淨了,就會不貪,不瞋,不癡,因為你不吃那些迷人的東西,所以吸毒罪犯裡面你也沒有一份了。

Is there no benefit in studying the Buddhadharma?
學佛法沒有甚麼利益? Part 4

If purifying the three karmas is not a benefit of learning Buddhism, then what is it? If you don’t study the Buddhadharma, you may kill, or steal, or get involved in arson. Then the police will catch you and put you behind the bars, perhaps for life. Wouldn’t that be miserable? Since you are studying Buddhadharma, you are free from all these problems. If that is not a benefit, what is it then? Therefore, we should not grow weary of studying the Buddhadharma.

這三業清淨不是學佛法的好處是什麼?你如果不學佛法,殺人,放火,偷東西,警察就會捉你坐監。甚至讓你永遠不能出來,你說這是苦不苦?你學佛法,把這些的災難都沒有了。這不是好處是什麼?所以心無疲厭,要常常來學佛法。

Will "not receiving precepts" give you true freedom?
不受戒是真「自由」嗎?Part 1

People with wrong views say, “Don’t take the precepts. What do you want to take them for? Why get some precepts to restrain you?” That is a wrong view. You think that not receiving precepts is being free. But it’s very easy to fall into the hells that way. That's where your so-called "true freedom” may lead you.

有這個邪知邪見的人說﹕「不要受戒。你受戒做什麼?何必弄個『戒』來管著你?不受戒多自由呢!你何必要受戒呀?」你以為不受戒是自由,卻很容易墮地獄了。那真是「自由」,很容易就跑到地獄去了。

Will "not receiving precepts" give you true freedom?
不受戒是真「自由」嗎?Part 2

If you receive the precepts, you will have the protection of precepts. The precept marks, percept dharma, and precept substance will support you. You will not fall into the hells that easily. Even if you do fall into the hells, you will get out quickly. If you like to be free and don’t take precepts, then later when you fall into the hells, it's not for sure when you will come out.

你若受戒,有戒來支持你,有戒相、戒法、戒體支持你,就不容易墮地獄;就是墮地獄也很快就出來了。你要是聽其自由,不受戒,以後墮落地獄裡,什麼時候才能出來,那是沒有人能擔保的。

Will "not receiving precepts" give you true freedom?
不受戒是真「自由」嗎?Part 3

On the other hand if you have received precepts your time span in the hells can be shortened. It is like when someone who committed a major crime gets caught by the police. If the criminal had worked as a personal guard or an attendant for the president, then the president may write a note ordering that criminal's release. If the criminal doesn’t have such connection, he won’t be released for who knows how long. It is similar to that. When you have the protection of precepts, the long duration of your suffering can be greatly condensed. Therefore, don’t get smart and say, “It’s good not to receive the precepts.”

你要是受過戒,墮地獄的時間,由很長的時間可以縮短。好像你犯了很大的法,被警察捉住,因為你給總統做護衛、茶房,總統就寫字條叫人把你放出來,你很快就出來了。若是沒有這種關係,很久的時間也不能放出來,不知要拖延多久。這是同一個道理,你有「戒」來保護你,它可以把你受很長罪的時間,縮為很短的時間。所以不要自作聰明,說不受戒是好的。

Will "not receiving precepts" give you true freedom?
不受戒是真「自由」嗎?Part 4

It’s good for you to receive the precepts. Let me say this to you, “Having taken the Buddha’s precepts, living beings enter the position of all Buddhas.” When living beings take the precepts of Buddhas, it’s the same as having entered the position of the Buddha. Therefore, don’t disparage the precepts or slander the Vinaya of the Buddha.

你們受戒,這是好的。我告訴你們,眾生受佛戒,即入諸佛位。眾生受了佛戒,就是入了佛位,所以不要毀佛禁戒,不要譭謗佛的戒律。

What if I break the precepts?
破戒怎麼辦?

Precepts are the mother of Buddhahood. If you want to become a Buddha, you must uphold precepts and not break them. Having transgressed the precepts is just like drifting in the ocean in a leaking boat. Won't the boat sink? Violating the precepts is just like causing the boat to sink in the ocean. When you have received the precepts, you must uphold them. If you don’t, it’s the same as having leaks. When you leak, you are not free of outflows. Having no outflows comes when we do not break the precepts; when you break the precepts, you have outflows. What should you do if that happens? You must mend the precepts. How? You may create merit and virtue either by making monetary donations or by doing volunteer work. By redeeming your offenses and establishing merit before the Triple Jewel, you will wipe out your offenses.

「戒為成佛之母」,想要成佛就要持戒,不能犯戒的。犯戒就好像船有窟窿,你說這個船是不是要沉到大海裡去?所以犯戒就好像船沉到大海一樣,所以不是受了戒不持戒。你受了戒,就要守著戒;你不守著戒,那就是漏了。你這一漏,就成了有漏,不是無漏了。無漏就是你不破戒;你破了戒,就是漏。漏了怎麼辦?就要補。怎麼補?就要做功德,用錢或是用力量來做功德,在三寶的面前立功德贖罪,你立功就沒有罪了。

The story of an old cultivator
老修行的故事 Part 1

Once an old lay cultivator had received the five precepts and an additional rule of “keeping silent while eating.” However, later he broke all five precepts and only kept the rule of "keeping silent while eating." The precept-protecting spirit that protected this rule hoped that the lay person would violate it so that he could also leave. This person, nonetheless, never broke that rule. He always ate in silence.
Later, that precept spirit appeared in a dream, “You have transgressed all the precepts. Why haven’t you broken this rule of "keeping silent while eating"? Please break it quickly so I can leave.”

以前有個老修行,是在家人不是出家人。他受了五戒,另外又受了一個「食不語」的戒。可是他把五戒都犯了,就剩這個「食不語」的戒未犯。護這條戒的戒神就希望他快點犯這條戒,祂也好走了,不保護他。但是這個人始終也不犯這條戒,吃飯的時候,他總不講話。以後這個戒神就給他托夢﹕「你什麼戒都犯了,為什麼吃飯這個戒你不犯呢?你快點犯,我好離開你了。」

The story of an old cultivator
老修行的故事 Part 2

The old cultivator thought to himself, “I only hold this one rule of eating in silence and still I have that precept spirit protecting me.” Thereafter, he found a virtuous Dharma Master and received the five precepts again. Consequently, he cultivated and realized the Way. Each person has his own set of causes and conditions.
Therefore, receiving precepts is a very important matter in Buddhism.

這個老修行心想﹕「噢!我就持一個食不語的戒,果然有戒神保護著我。」於是他後來又找了一個有道德的法師,又重受過,結果他也修行成道了!這每一個人有每一個人的因緣。
所以受戒在佛教裡是很重要的事。

Manjushri Bodhisattva's Precious Pearl
文殊菩薩的寶珠 Part 1

While Manjushri Bodhisattva was practicing the Bodhisattva Way, he never lied. Nor did he commit any offense involving killing or stealing. In general, he upheld the precepts strictly. How can we prove that he followed those rules and never stole things? Once, he told the other Bodhisattvas, “Ever since my initial resolve to cultivate, I have held the rule of not stealing. Therefore, my belongings will not be stolen by anyone. Not only will no one steal from me, even if I leave my most valuable possession out in the open, no one will walk away with it.”

文殊師利這位菩薩修菩薩行時不打妄語,也不殺生也不偷盜。總而言之,他謹守戒律。由什麼證明他守戒律而不偷盜呢?他有一次對其他的菩薩講:「我從一發心修行就持不盜戒,所以現在我所有的東西就沒有人偷盜;不單沒有人偷盜,我就是把最值錢的東西放在地上,也沒有人會把它拿去。」

Manjushri Bodhisattva's Precious Pearl
文殊菩薩的寶珠 Part 2

Some Bodhisattvas didn’t believe him and said, “We would like to test your claim with an experiment. Leave your most valuable thing at the city gate, which is the busiest place. Leave it there for three days. If no one picks it up that will prove that your statement is true.”
Manjushri Bodhisattva agreed to try the experiment. Thereupon, he put his most precious pearl--all Bodhisattvas possess many precious and valuable things--at the city gate. Many people passed through the gate in the next three days and sure enough, no one picked it up. The other Bodhisattvas then knew that Manjushri Bodhisattva had truly upheld the precept against stealing.

有的菩薩就不信他的話,就說:「我們要有實地的試驗,實實在在地試驗一下。你把你最值錢的東西拿出來,我們把它放在城門那個地方,因為那兒來回走的人最多了。我們把它放在門的中間,經過三天,如果沒有人拿這個東西,這證明你說的是實在的。」
文殊師利菩薩說:「好啊!我們就來試試看!」於是他把他最值錢的一個寶珠拿出來──菩薩都有很多寶貝、寶珠的──就放在城門的中間。人們從城外進到城裡來,經過這個城門的人很多,可是經過三天,果然沒有人拿。一般的菩薩都知道文殊師利菩薩守不盜戒是真的。

Don't Act As Your Own Defense Attorney
不要做自己的辯護律師 Part 1

Different people explain the same Buddhadharma in many different ways. Accordingly, the methods of cultivation are also different. Each person has his own interpretation. Therefore, there are many different viewpoints.
For instance, true cultivators of Buddhadharma should not smoke, drink, or eat meat. But some Buddhists say, “The Buddha’s precepts prohibit people from killing, stealing, indulging in sexual misconduct, lying, or drinking. However, there’s no mention of smoking. Therefore, smoking is not included in the precepts.” This is a self-justification. Smoking is covered in the precept against drinking. They want to act as their own defense attorneys so they say smoking is not a violation of the precepts.

一樣的佛法,每一個人的講法不同,修行法不同,每一個人的見解不同,所以有很多種類的分別,又有很多種類的看法。
譬如真正修佛法的人,要不抽菸,不喝酒,不吃那麼多的肉。有的同是佛教裡面的人就說了:「佛講戒律教人不殺生,不偷盜,不邪婬,不妄語,不喝酒,沒有叫人不抽菸,所以抽菸不在佛教的戒律以內。」這就是自己給自己講道理。根本抽菸的問題就在飲酒裡面,不過自己要給自己做辯護律師,就說抽菸是不犯戒的。

Don't Act As Your Own Defense Attorney
不要做自己的辯護律師 Part 2

A person with true wisdom will not do anything improper. He will refrain from doing all manner of bad things, not just those mentioned in the precepts. We should change all our bad habits.
Not killing includes not eating meat and not eating meat also includes not killing. That is because if we don’t kill, there will be no meat to eat. Some Buddhists say, “The Buddha prohibited people from killing, but not from eating meat. The Buddha allowed people to eat the meat that is pure in three ways: 1) One does not see the creature killed; 2) one does not hear the creature being killed; 3) the creature was not killed especially for oneself. Eating meat that is pure in these ways is permitted.” That is also a self-justification because the person basically cannot renounce meat.

真正有智慧的人,凡是不對的事情都應該不做,也不一定要佛講戒律講到這個問題,我就不做;沒說到我就要做。不是這樣的。一切惡劣的習慣,我們都應該改了它。
我們說不吃肉,不殺生,這個不殺生,也包括了不吃肉;這個不吃肉,也包括了不殺生,因為你要不殺生就沒有肉吃了。有的佛教徒又說了﹕「佛沒教人不吃肉,只是教人不殺生。佛都允許人吃三淨肉--不見殺,不聞殺,不為我殺﹕吃三淨肉是可以的。」這也是自己口裡饞,捨不得這個肉味,所以這樣辯護。

Don't Act As Your Own Defense Attorney
不要做自己的辯護律師 Part 3

I met a professor before who could not get by for one day without eating meat. He said, “Even the smell of meat would relieve my craving for it if I couldn’t get to taste it.” So you see, each person has his own ideas and views and they are all different.
In learning Buddhadharma, we must learn precepts, concentration, and wisdom.
Precepts help us to “refrain from all evil and do all good.” We refrain from doing whatever is bad, but we do all good things.
Concentration is the vigorous study of Chan meditation. Wisdom is the result of concentration, and concentration comes from upholding precepts. This is called the three non-outflow studies.

以前我遇到一個教授,一天不吃肉也不行的,一定要吃肉。他說:「我即使不吃肉,就是聞聞肉味也是好的,都解饞了。」所以,你看每個人的見解是不同的,各人有各人的思想。
學佛法就要學戒、定、慧。
戒,就是「諸惡不作,眾善奉行。」凡是惡的事,都不要做;一切的善事,都要做。
定,就是勤修禪定。慧,就是由戒生定,由定發慧。這是戒定慧三無漏學。

Don't Act As Your Own Defense Attorney
不要做自己的辯護律師 Part 4

We must put an end to greed, hatred and delusion. Being free from greed, we will not fight. When we do not fight with others, we seek nothing. When we do not seek, we will be selfless. When we are selfless, we will not pursue personal advantage. All these are related. Studying Buddhadharma means following the teaching in a precise and honest manner. Don’t take chances and shortcuts, just cultivate honestly.

要息滅貪、瞋、癡,要不貪、不瞋、不癡;沒有貪了就不爭了,不爭了就無所求了,你無所求就不自私了,不自私也就不自利了。所以這都有連帶的關係。學佛法就是要老老實實照這個方法做去,不能投機走捷徑,躐等而進,要這樣子實實在在去修行

What are pure precepts?
什麼是淨戒? Part 1

You should pay attention to the word “pure.” What does “pure” mean? It means being pure and clean, free from all defilement. Not having the slightest defilement is the kind of purity in which not even a single thought arises.
Not killing includes purifying our thoughts. If we uphold precepts on the surface and claim that we don’t kill, but we complain about others constantly or get angry with people, we are still violating the precept against killing.

各位要注意這個「淨」字。淨,是什麼意思呢?就是不染污,就是清淨,絲毫的染污也沒有,這種淨就是一念不生謂之淨,淨念。
你單在外邊持戒,說﹕「我不殺生。」你心裡常常不滿意人,或者發人的脾氣,這都犯殺戒了。

What are pure precepts?
什麼是淨戒? Part 2

Not stealing includes mental states. We don’t have to steal physically. When we envy other’s wealth or talents, or become jealous of people, we transgress the precept against stealing.
Not committing sexual misconduct includes not having improper thoughts about the opposite sex. If we indulge in improper thoughts about the opposite sex, then we are being impure and breaking the precept.
Holding the precepts purely means leading a clean life without any defiled thoughts. That is to hold the precepts purely.

偷盜,你不必真正去偷去,就心裡面羨慕人家的財物或者技能,妒嫉人,這都犯了盜戒了。
邪婬,你心裡儘打異性的妄想,這都叫犯了婬,都是不淨了。
這個淨戒,就要乾乾淨淨的,一點染污念也沒有了,這才是淨戒。

Verse of Transference
迴向偈

May the merit and virtue accrued from this work
Adorn the Buddhas' Pure Lands,
Repaying four kinds of kindness above
And aiding those suffering in the paths below.
May those who see and hear of this
All bring forth the resolve for Bodhi
And, when this retribution body is over,
Be born together in the Land of Ultimate Bliss.

願以此功德 莊嚴佛淨土
上報四重恩 下濟三塗苦
若有見聞者 悉發菩提心
盡此一報身 同生極樂國

“The Buddha, like a clear, cool moon,    Forever courses in the space.    When the water in sentient beings’ minds is clear,    Bodhi appears within it.”

「菩薩清涼月,常遊畢竟空,眾生心水淨,菩提影現中。」

Avatamsaka Sutra / 《華嚴經》
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