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八關齋戒是否很重要?
Are the Eight Precepts Very Important?

  

問:如果在家庭裡面有一個人反對,不懂得修行,我們應該怎麼樣修行才對呢?

答:應該躬行實踐,身體力行,更要往正確的做。

問:《金剛經》上說「過去心不可得,現在心不可得,未來心不可得」,這是不是應該用「應無所住而生其心」來解釋呢?

答:過去心不可得,你說這個是過去心,已經過去了,你到什麼地方去找這個心?現在心不可得,現在的心也不停,又哪個是現在的心?未來的心還沒來呢。所以三心了不可得,就是不要打妄想。

問:請問儒家說的「格物致知」和佛教的「格物」是否不同?

答:佛教的名詞不是格物,雖名詞不同,但意思一樣。你若能格除物欲,也就是清心寡欲,也就是斷欲去愛。儒教這個格物,一般人不像我這麼講。儒教的人,也沒有講得這麼詳細,沒有說這個物欲到底是什麼?儒教就是講格除物欲。¡

問:八關齋戒是否很重要,這一生是否最好要受一次?

答:你認為重要,就是重要;你若認為不重要,也就不重要,這不是一定的。你有機會受,當然是好;沒有機會受,也不要有自卑感,這都是聽因緣的。

Q: If someone in the family opposes and does not understand cultivation, what is the proper way for us to cultivate?

A:You should honestly put the principles into practice yourself, and strive to act correctly.

Q:In the Vajra Sutra, it says that "The mind of the past cannot be obtained, the mind of the present cannot be obtained, and the mind of the future cannot be obtained." Can this be explained as meaning to "produce the mind which abides nowhere"?

A:The mind of the past cannot be obtained: you say this is the mind of the past, but it has already passed, so where can you find this mind? The mind of the present cannot be obtained: the mind of the present doesn't stop, so which is the mind of the present? And the mind of the future hasn't arrived yet. Therefore, "the three minds cannot be obtained" means one shouldn't have false thoughts.

Q: Is the idea of "cutting off material desires and extending knowledge" in Confucianism different from that of "cutting off desires" in Buddhism?

A: The terms are different but the meaning is the same. Cutting off material desires means to purify the mind and lessen desires, and also to sever desires and get rid of love. Nobody explains the Confucian idea of "cutting off material desires" the way I do. Confucianism does not explain it in such detail and actually say what material desires are. It just says one should cut off material desires.

Q:Are the eight precepts very important? Should we take them at least once in our lives?

A: If you think it's important, then it's important. If you think it's not important, then it's not important. It's not fixed. Of course it's good if you have a chance to take them. But if you don't have a chance, you don't need to feel inferior either. It all depends on the causes and conditions.

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