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《菩提田》

 

BODHI FIELD

一心禮拜萬佛城
With One Heart Bowing to
the City of 10,000 Buddhas

【恆 實     一九七七年五月十二日】

HENG SURE     May 12, 1977

    

界的混亂始於童心的失去。我們在東洛杉磯區,從漢廷頓道小學的一千兩百個孩子面前拜過去。他們全都趴在柵欄上,那高高的柵欄纏繞著鎖鏈,將他們圍在操場裡;我們在底下的人行道拜著,相距只有數寸之遙。我們拜過全長四百呎操場的距離,這些孩子如海浪似的湧過來,瞪著我們看,他們的好奇心是那麼純潔、友善、不設防––尚未有男孩、女孩的分別。「先生!你們在做什麼?」一千兩百雙色彩繽紛的八寸大童鞋、眼睛和張著的嘴;一心觀照《華嚴經》,不說話。我們拜過去,一邊是柵欄,另一邊是呼嘯而過的車輛。健康、活潑、純潔、尚未充滿思想及慾望,專注在我們身上,如海浪般陣陣湧來。

稍後,高中生放學時,一群群被污染的男女青少年,掀著汽車喇叭,呼嘯而過,嘴裡喊著些不乾不淨的話:「滾出街道去!」他們全都脫離根本,往外馳求,受謊言、電影及糜糜之音的蒙蔽,絕望地被推向前去。

生命的汁液成熟,而流通管道卻是扭曲的,這是怎麼一回事?那管道是在哪裡被扭曲的?如何改變已經造成的傷害?如何消除邪惡的壓力?打破惡習的快速成長?展示健康之路?如何回到單純、健康、完整的童年?

(一)不要看電視。
(二)不要再喝酒吸毒。
(三)多運動。
(四)多信仰宗教:多些年青修行的出家眾。
(五)在家多修行並多布施。
(六)有好老師。

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T he loss of innocence is the beginning of the world’s troubles. We bowed past 1200 young children at Huntington Drive School in East L.A. They all pressed against a tall chain-link fence that kept them on the playground just inches from us on the sidewalk below. We covered the entire 400-foot section of playground, and the kids came in waves to stare at us with open, pure, warm curiosity—no difference between boys and girls yet. “Sir, what are you doing?” Twelve hundred pairs of brightly-colored eight-inch-long children’s shoes, eyes, and open mouths; silence regarding the Avatamsaka Sutra. We bow past, between the fence on one side and the roaring, whizzing cars on the other. Great health, energy, purity, not yet full of thoughts and desire, is focused on us in waves.

Later when the high school let out, cars full of defiled boys and girls shouted and honked past us, yelling obscenities. “Get off the goddamn street!” All off base, looking outside, desperately pushed ahead by lies and by the deceit of movies and music.

What happens at that age when the sap ripens and the channels to receive it do not run straight? Where does the twisting take place? How to change the harm already done? How to remove the evil pressure, break through the brittle growth of habit, and show the way to new health? How to get back to the elementary, wholesome completeness of childhood?

1. No more TV.
2. No more alcohol or dope.
3. More athletics.
4. More religion: young monks and nuns who cultivate.
5. Lay families who cultivate and practice giving.
6. A good teacher.

(Continued on page 44)

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