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《上人法雨》

 

VENERABLE MASTER'S DHARMA RAIN

宣公上人教中文課
Chinese Lessons by the Venerable Master

比丘尼恆音 英譯 English translation by Bhikshuni Heng Yin

第八課
問:誦經有何益處?
答:念經是增長智慧。最好的方法。也是充實。正當思想的。最好途徑。依此道途。向前修行。必可達成。你的目的。

第九課
問:持咒是甚麼意思呢?
答:持咒也是使你。不打妄想。無論你作何事。如果專一則靈。功純則有效驗。

第十課
問:你作的什(甚)麼工?
答:我在一間百貨公司。作推銷員。薪金玖百伍拾圓。每日工作八小時。放工。

第十一課
星期六休息。我們學做油餅。用有筋性的麵粉。以溫暖水合。調和均勻。放在一處候一小時。

第十二課
坐禪又叫打坐。禪是印度語。翻譯成中文的意思。是靜慮。又名思惟修。要端然正坐。主敬存誠。不生雜念。

第十三課
因何你們很早起身呢。人一生的計劃。在於勤。一年的計劃。在於春。一日的計劃。在於晨。是故我們。早起身。

第十四課
問:我想學佛法。是很苦的。又要守規矩。又要不自私。又要不怕艱難。結果怎樣。亦無把握。豈不甚渺茫嗎。

第十五課
不是的。我們學佛法。纔有真正快樂。不守規矩。自私。與怕艱難。是愚痴。無智慧的人。的行為。明白人。不應該這樣。

第十六課
昨天在街上。遇見我的老朋友。以前在一塊……。

Lesson Eight
Question: What are the benefits of reciting Sutras?
Answer: Reciting Sutras is the best way to increase wisdom and fill yourself with proper thought. If you advance along this path of cultivation, you will surely reach your goal.

Lesson Nine
Question: What's the purpose of holding mantras?
Answer: Holding mantras causes you not to have false thinking. No matter what you do, if you concentrate, it will be efficacious, and the results will show when your skill matures.

Lesson Ten
Question: What kind of work do you do?
Answer: I work as a salesman in a department store. My monthly salary is $300. I work eight hours a day.

Lesson Eleven
We rest on Saturdays. We learn to make oil cakes. We add warm water to high-gluten flour and mix well, then set the dough aside for an hour.

Lesson Twelve
Sitting in Dhyana is also known as meditation. Dhyana is a Sanskrit word translated as "stilling reflection" and also "thought cultivation." We should sit upright and be sincerely respectful, without having scattered thoughts.

Lesson Thirteen
Why do you get up so early? The plans for our life take diligence to carry out. The plans for the year are made in the spring. The plans for the day are made in the morning. That's why we get up early.

Lesson Fourteen
Question: I think studying Buddhism is a lot of suffering. You have to follow rules, and you can't be selfish or afraid of hardship. But it's not for sure what you get in the end. Isn't it kind of hopeless?

Lesson Fifteen
Not at all. We study the Buddhadharma to obtain genuine happiness. Selfish people who fear hardship are foolish and unwise. Those with understanding should not be that way.

Lesson Sixteen
Yesterday on the streets, I ran into an old friend. In the past, we were together...

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