這是我第一個和大家分享的經驗吧；第二個就是我在這次的佛七當中，發現減少了許多自我的意識，也比較不會去看他人的不好，反而覺得周遭的人蠻可愛的。我記得方丈恆律法師以前曾經講過一句話，說是在佛七當中千萬不要看別人不好的地方，不然會 become crazy，我現在沒有變 crazy。阿彌陀佛。謝謝。
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Venerable Master, Good Advisors: Amitabha!
I'm grateful to the Dharma Masters for kindly giving me this opportunity to come up here and share my experience. First I'd like to introduce myself. My name is Ding Qinren. The Venerable Master gave me the Dharma name Guo Ren. I took refuge with the Master at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas. In 1995 I returned to Taiwan to work in our family's electronics company. I took care of the international department. Currently I reside in Xindian, Taipei, and occasionally I attend ceremonies at the Dharma Realm Buddhist Books Distribution Association in Taipei. I am ashamed to admit that I do not recite the Buddha's name that often, much less could I be considered vigorous in my practice. Therefore, please bear with me as I share my experience for a few minutes and offer me your advice and suggestions.
I gained quite a lot from this year's recitation session. I experienced some Dharma joy which I don't know how to describe. During the first three days of the session I simply enjoyed the rhythm of the recitation. In this tranquil atmosphere, I felt physically very much at ease, and I indulged in this pleasurable state. Sometimes I found myself nodding repeatedly to the Buddha images on the walls. It was not until the fourth day that I became more alert.
The warning came when I dreamed of the Venerable Master, who appeared gentle and kind and was with another elder monk wearing a red sash. I couldn't tell who that other monk was. The Master, with a kind smile, asked me, "Do you want to come and find me?" Grinning, he walked off. After I woke up, I reflected and wondered, "The Master doesn't want to take me away now, does he?" It seemed unlikely, since I rarely recite the Buddha's name.
The Master must have been hinting that merely enjoying the recitation was insufficient and that I ought to increase my concentration and vigor. That must have been the Master's intent. That way, I could return to my homeland in the West. Therefore, I started to concentrate a little more. At the same time, my false thoughts started to pour in violently. One thought after another appeared capable of upturning mountains and oceans. My
mood was like a roller coaster. As soon as I chased one false thought away, another one would pop up.
I tried recalling the Venerable Master's instructional talks, searching for a resolution. I seemed to remember the Master having said, "False thoughts are guests; the true mind is the host." I reasoned that I ought to treat those false thoughts as guests, welcoming them, then casually sending them off. It worked! My emotions stabilized and I concentrated better.
That's the first experience I wanted to share. The second is that, in this seven-day recitation session, I find that I have diminished my sense of ego and haven't been as likely to be critical of others. -Rather, I feel that everyone around me seems likeable. I remember the Abbot, Dharma Master Heng Lyu, once saying, "At all costs, avoid looking at other people's faults during a recitation session; otherwise you will go crazy." Well, I have not gone crazy. Amitabha! Thank you.
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All Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, Venerable Master, Dharma Masters, and Good Advisors: Amitabha!
My name is Zhan Shanyong; my Dharma name is Guo Yong. At five o'clock this afternoon, I received a note asking me to speak tonight about my experience in reciting the Buddha's name. As soon as I read the note, I became nervous at the prospect of speaking in this adorned Hall of Ten Thousand Buddhas. If I say anything wrong, please correct me so that my wisdom will grow. The City of Ten Thousand Buddhas is a Way-place I have long yearned to visit. However, I did not have the conditions to come until now.
Although I wasn't able to come to the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas previously, I had often gone to one of its branches, Avatamsaka Hermitage. Finally, with the compassionate aid of the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, and the Venerable Master, and the encouragement of the three Dharma Masters at the Hermitage, I came to the City on April 18 this year to bow the Jeweled Repentance before Ten Thousand Buddhas.
When I first stepped inside this magnificent Hall of Ten Thousand Buddhas and saw all the Buddha images, I felt an inexpressible sense of gratitude for the opportunity to chant Sutras and recite the Buddha's name along with so many Dharma Masters and good advisors.
This is my first seven-day Buddha recitation session at the City. Under the aid of the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, and Venerable Master and guided by the Dharma Masters, everyone has been extremely vigorous. I also have felt very cleansed and refreshed.
On the fifth day of the session, around 3 p.m., I went out to get a drink of water. I happened to look up and saw, through the clouds, a semi-circular rainbow above the Buddha Hall. The sight of it made me very happy. I felt it was very auspicious.
I reentered the Buddha Hall to continue reciting. During silent meditation, the sound of recitation resonated continuously in my mind. When I listened with my ears, I heard the sound. Later I tried using my nose to listen, and the sound was still there. Then I tried using my eyes, and there was still sound. In general, no matter what part of body I listened with, I could hear the sound continuously for a long time.
This morning as I was reciting the Buddha's name, I had a very strong insight, which was that in reciting the Buddha's name and studying Buddhism, it is necessary to deeply enter the Sutra treasury and to unfold our wisdom. I once had a dream of the Venerable Master, who was speaking the Dharma for me. In the dream, he looked at me, said nothing at all, and bent over and looked inside himself. What did I see? I saw that his stomach was totally empty. He was there looking inside his body. When I woke up, my feeling was that the Master was telling me to reflect within.
To be continued