Repost: 廓然無聖 【轉載】(in Buddhism is there no difference between saints and average mortals!)

Updated 3/18/2012 8:31 am @ Union City, California – There are many great texts in written Chinese books.  In modern Taiwan, over the last 50 year or so there are three popular groups of Buddhism organizations that emerged pretty much as the top 3.  Out of the three, I think most people would agree Shen-Yen 聖嚴 is the most scholarly person and he is very very well respected in his knowledge and understanding of the written Buddhism texts.  He passed away in 2009 and it was a pretty big deal.  I actually don’t know a whole lot about him but based on this one text he wrote below, I think he is easily my favorite out of Taiwan’s top 3.  The other two talks about themselves way too much.  I mean, in their organization, they constantly talk about their leaders all day and all night long.  Lame.

In Buddhism there is a lot of talk about ego.  It is basically a conversation between an enlightened being 菩提達摩 Bodhidharma and a scholarly emperor.  The emperor was asking the Bodhidharma to explain the highest level of noble truth and universal truth.  Bodhidharma said there is no such thing.  The emperor asked Bodhidharma who is this (saint) in front of me then?  Bodhidharma replied, I don’t know him (trying to tell the emperor to let go of the idea of saint, there is no such thing).

Normal people distinguish heavily between saints and mere mortals.  To realize the truth, one must let go of all values and comparisons.  There is no difference at all.

Okay I realize I did a poor job at translation this heheh, but it’s not like most people read or care about this type of stuff on my blog anyway.  🙂  I just wanted to share it with my Chinese readers who can just read the original below.  Enjoy.

ps, 菩提達摩 Bodhidharma is the person that walked/traveled from India and arrived at Shaolin temple!  It’s a legendary true story.  🙂


Source: http://rainbownumerology.wordpress.com/2012/03/14/%E5%BB%93%E7%84%B6%E7%84%A1%E8%81%96%E3%80%90%E8%BD%89%E8%BC%89%E3%80%91/#more-3236

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問:菩提達摩在與梁武帝的對話中,提到「廓然無聖」這四個字,請師父為我們說明它的精義。

師:梁武帝的心中存有差別對立的觀念。面對菩提達摩這位心目中的聖僧,梁武帝請教他什麼是至高無上的聖諦和真理,

達摩回說:「沒有這個東西。」

梁武帝又問:「在我面前的又是誰呢?」

達摩再答:「不認識。」是叫他不要執著,沒有聖人這回事。
在一般人的想法中,有道的高僧、偉大的菩薩是聖人,普通人和正在修行的人是凡夫。

然而,站在禪師的立場,如果心中有凡聖的差別或層次的差別,就表示不瞭解佛法。

即使真有聖人,要把凡聖的差別相放下之後才是聖人。

佛法,尤其是禪法,是講超越的;超越於一切的有無、好壞,達到平等不二、無相、無分別、不執著,才是自在、才是寂滅、才叫不動。

現代人更需要有這種心胸,才能不受五光十色的環境所誘惑,不受名利物欲的牽引所困擾,生活得豁達而自在。

—本文摘自法鼓文化出版-

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