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快樂的人生
A Happy Life

恆薰師
Master Heng Syun

在這個世界上,我們沒有一個人能夠逃過因果,因為因果是宇宙之間的定律。我們今天起一個助人的心、隨喜功德的心,到後來結的都是甜的果報;如果我們今天起一個嫉妒障礙的心、煩惱的心,或者不願意人家有好功德的心,我們以後得到的果報就是又酸又苦的果。

佛教裡說:「一切事的成與敗,除了自己的努力之外,還要靠因緣和合而成。」若是瞭解這一點的話,無論任何事情,順的,我們就要再往上行;如果是逆境,我們就應該提起一顆更精進的心,瞭解這個因緣,然後再向前更進一步。若是因為我們下了功夫而失敗,就生起退失的心,這樣學佛就不是很正確的心理。

我們在日常生活中,其實每一個人每一天都可以不需要花一分錢,就可以買到快樂的人生。我們要把我們自己的心胸打開,儘量地讓自己更上一層。雖然這些事情我們不能夠一天、兩天,或者是一年、兩年就形成,可是我們明知道這個道理是好的話,能令我們離苦得樂,了生脫死,那我們為什麼不去做呢?我們要去做,要下功夫,要有這顆忍耐心,才能夠讓事情有所成就。所以我們要善用這顆心,所謂「一切唯心造」,把心用在好的一方面,慢慢地躬行實踐。

佛法教我們了生脫死的道路,就是要老老實實,不是標異現奇,不是想要求名求利。所以唯有善用這顆心,老實地實行佛法,這樣我們今天來學佛才沒有白學。

In this world, no one can escape the operation of cause and effect, because it is a law of the universe. If we have thoughts of helping others, of rejoicing in and complying with others' meritorious and virtuous deeds, it will bring a sweet reward. However, if we give rise to thoughts of jealousy, obstructiveness, and affliction, or simply are unwilling to see others earn merit and virtue, then in the future the retribution we receive will be bitter.

Buddhism says, "The success and failure of all endeavors depends not only on our hard work but also on the coming together of causes and conditions." If we could understand this principle, then when we encounter favorable situations, we continue to strive forward, and when we meet adversity, we become even more vigorous, understand the causes and conditions, and advance. If we fail despite the effort we put in, and as a result, gave rise to thoughts of retreating, that would not be the right attitude for learning Buddhism.

In our daily life, every one of us can actually buy a happy life every day without having to spend a single penny. We should open up our minds, and try our best to ascend a level higher. In so practicing, we may not see any concrete achievement in one day, two days, or even a year or two. However, if we know that this is a good principle which can enable us to leave suffering and attain bliss, and end birth and death, then why don't we go ahead and act upon it? We should do it. We should work hard, and have a patient attitude so that we will have some accomplishment. Therefore, we must use this mind well. It is said, "Everything is made from the mind." We should apply our minds to the good aspects of things, and gradually put the principles into practice.

The Buddhadharma tells us that the path of ending birth and death is to be true and honest, and not to try to be different and fanciful, and not to have thoughts of pursuing fame and benefit. If we use our minds well and earnestly put the Buddhadharma in practice, then we will not have wasted our effort in coming to learn Buddhism today.

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