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師父上人慈鑒:
昨天晚上,上人突然問弟子:「《華嚴經》看得如何?」當時弟子百感交集,也不知從何答起。記得看完第一遍時,心情甚為激動,因為《華嚴經》所講的道裡太真了,實在是一部不可思議的妙經。從那時候開始,弟子無論是在拜佛、頂禮師父,或聽經聞法,內心裡總是充滿著感恩的心。感激佛陀的慈悲,感謝上人不辭辛勞地講經說法。

雖然弟子皈依上人才三年多,但弟子知道 上人這幾十年來,興辦教育,翻譯經典,建立道場,轉大法輪,無非是為了廣度群迷,脫生死海。這其中也不知遭受外面多少邪魔外道的誹謗,甚至皈依弟子的誤解。但師父仍本著「大慈悲普度,流血汗,不休息」(編按:此為上人所寫〈宇宙白〉詞句)的精神,弘揚正法。祖師心法,脈脈相傳。誹謗上人,就如同誹謗釋迦牟尼佛、然燈佛,以及十方三世一切如來。所謂「欲得不遭無間業,莫謗如來正法輪。」所以弟子常對人言,上人做事有其深遠的眼光與獨到的智慧,切勿以凡夫之心,來測度佛菩薩的境界。

這十多年來,上人常邀請各地善知識到萬 佛城,讓弟子們學習參訪。雖然弟子沒有善財童子的智慧與德行,卻何其幸運地能向各方來的善知識學習。上人的用心良苦,讓弟子涕泣慚愧不已。但願十方諸佛放大光明,讓這世界有德之士,都能齊集萬佛聖城,共同為佛教、為正法而努力。也讓這漆黑的末法時代,透出一片曙光。

剎塵心念可數知     大海中水可飲盡
虛空可量風可繫     無能盡說佛功德

愚癡弟子 羅凱文稽首 6/23/94

For the Venerable Master's Compassionate Reflection:
Last night when the Ven. Master unexpectedly asked me, "How's your study of the Avatamsaka Sutra coming?" a hundred feelings arose at once, and I didn't know what to say. I remember how excited I was when I finished reading the Sutra for the first time. The principles in the Avatamsaka Sutra are simply too true. It's an inconceivably wonderful Sutra. From that time on, whether I'm bowing to the Buddha or the Ven. Master, or listening to the Sutra lecture, my heart is filled with gratitude. I'm grateful for the Buddha's compassion and the Ven. Master's tireless lecturing on sutras and speaking of Dharma.

Although I've only taken refuge with the Ven. Master for three years, I realize that for several decades, he has been promoting education and the translation of sutras, establishing Way-places, and turning the great Dharma Wheel, in order to liberate confused living beings from the sea of birth and death. In the process, the Master has often been slandered by deviant demons and non-Buddhists, and has even been misunderstood by his own disciples. Yet he continues to propagate the proper Dharma, in the spirit of "With great kindness and compassion rescue everyone. Spare neither blood nor sweat, and never pause to rest." (Editor's note: This is from the poem White Universe composed by the Venerable Master.) The Patriarchs' Mind Dharma is transmitted in a continuing lineage. To slander the Ven. Master is to slander Shakyamuni Buddha, Burning Lamp Buddha, and all the Thus Come Ones of the ten directions and three periods of time. It's said, "If one doesn't wish to fall into the Unintermittent Hell, then one shouldn't slander the Thus Come One's proper Dharma Wheel." I always tell people that the Ven. Master has deep insights and unparalleled wisdom in handling affairs. We should never use our common mind to try to fathom the states of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.

For over ten years, the Ven. Master has frequently invited good knowing advisors from various places to the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas for his disciples to meet and learn from. Although I don't have the wisdom and virtue of the Youth Good Wealth, how fortunate I am to have had the opportunity to learn from good knowing advisors from different places. The Ven. Master's painstaking effort brings tears of shame to my eyes. I hope the Buddhas of the ten directions will emit great light, enable all the virtuous people in the world to gather at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, and work hard for the propagation of Buddhism and the proper Dharma so that the light of dawn will appear in this dark Dharma Ending Age.

You might count every thought, numerous as atoms in all lands, You might drink entirely the mighty oceans deep, You might measure all of space, or harness fast the wind, But no one could ever finish praising the virtues of the Buddha.

Foolish disciple Alex Lo bows in respect June 23, 1994

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