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宣化上人開示錄(九)
Venerable Master Hua’s Talks on Dharma Volume Nine

化老和尚開示 Lectures by the Venerable Master Hsuan Hua

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把心的開關打開

Flipping on the Switch in Our Mind


自己的智慧光明現出來,就是佛光普照。
When the light of your wisdom appears, just that is the Buddha's light shining everywhere.

佛光普照,佛的智慧光明,普照一切眾生心,把眾生的心照亮了,把貪瞋癡消滅除盡,把黑暗照成光明,息滅眾生八萬四千種的習氣毛病。我們學佛法,就是要滅除貪瞋癡,不要執著。

  The Buddha's light shines everywhere. The light of the Buddha's wisdom illumines all living beings' minds, purging them of greed, hatred, and delusion. That light dispels the darkness and eradicates 84,000 bad habits and faults. We are studying Buddhism because we want to get rid of greed, hatred, and delusion, and cast off our attachments.

你說:「我怎麼沒看見佛呢?」

"Why haven't I seen the Buddha's light?" you ask.

研究佛法,開了智慧,這豈不是佛光嗎?若越研究越糊塗,不懂真正佛法的道理,是因為自己沒有滅除習氣毛病,不能說佛光不普照。自己不開智慧,貪瞋癡還是老樣子,一點也沒有改,那佛光普照,也非所照。不是有照,也不是無照,是照而不照,無照而照。這就是說,自己的智慧光明現出來,就是佛光普照;自己的智慧光明不現出來,就是佛光不普照。

Isn't studying the Buddha's teachings and uncovering our wisdom seeing the Buddha's light? If you don't understand the teachings and studying them only makes you more confused, it's because you haven't renounced your bad habits and faults. You can't say that the Buddha's light doesn't shine everywhere. If you don't develop your wisdom and hang on to your greed, hatred, and delusion, then even though the Buddha's light shines everywhere, it can't shine on you. It neither shines nor doesn't shine; it shines without shining. When the light of your wisdom appears, just that is the Buddha's light shining everywhere. Before your own wisdom light has come forth, for you the Buddha's light doesn't shine everywhere.

佛光譬如電力公司,在我們所住的房子堙A將電線、電燈的開關等等,都已裝妥,接通電力了。但是如果不去按開關,這電燈始終不會明亮,這屋內也永遠是黑暗的。為什麼?因為電不通,不起作用。若按開關,立刻燈光明亮,照破黑暗。我們眾生的心,就是開關,把心的開關打開,佛光就亮了。若心的開關不開,就是有佛光,也照不到。這個譬喻雖淺,但有相同之理。各位!快把心的開關打開,接受佛的智慧光來引證,這樣就得到佛光普照。

The Buddha's light is like the electricity from the power company. The cables and switches may be installed in the house, but if we don't switch on the lights, the house will remain dark. Why? Because the power isn't connected. As soon as we flip on the switch, the lights go on and the darkness is gone. Our mind can be compared to a light switch. If we turn on the switch in our mind, the Buddha's light will shine forth. If we can't flip the switch, then even though the Buddha's light is there, it can't connect. This is a simple analogy, but it conveys the principle. Everyone should quickly turn on the switch in his or her mind and receive the guidance of the Buddha's wisdom light. That's what it means to be illumined by the Buddha's universal light.

 
 
一九八O年七月四日開示   A talk given on July 4, 1980
     

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