最新通知和動態

on 15 December 2016
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Classes in Middle Path

I did not have the luxury of learning Buddhism properly and systematically at the outset. Just like wavering through an orchard, I wandered around and picked fruits at random to satisfy my appetite. These fragmented learnings never formed a cohesive view about Buddha’s teaching and too often they were conflicting with each other. Practice was practically impossible. It was a huge hindrance in trying to stay on the right path and precious time has been squandered wanting to attain an illusory goal. All these were changed when Eric introduced me to our Masters in Middle Path.
There has not been any sudden enlightenment for me yet but from each class, I managed to assimilate a little bit of how each idea could fit together. The influx of information was well formulated by our Masters and substantiated with facts from various sources. Inconsistency and paradoxical deviations were explicitly revealed, making diverging concepts easier to grasp for me. To learn all these subjects in a proper order on my own was remarkably difficult and would never gain such a level of confidence. Our Masters provided me with a robust Map to rely on and to go forward.
Before listening to our Masters, fulfilling my goal of making sense of the underlying principles was at best, mediocre. I could not pierce through the vast amount of incoherent information gathered either through books or presentations. The connections were so complicate because I could not distinguish one teaching from the other and remained lost all the time. Our Masters taught me how to observe each constituent and attribute methodically. A complicated endeavor turned out to be just complex for I understood the compositions now. Clarity permeated and linked all the teachings into an integral picture.
One of the amazing lessons learned in Middle Path was meditation. It is a simple process if the necessary criteria are outlined. Practice consistently is another story, of course. It was always a challenge for me to meditate. I tried to learn as much as I could but it seemed that I needed to possess a certain kind of intuition to master whether I was doing it correctly or not. All the instructions were simplistic; that is, it did not disclosed what was needed to have a successful session and that made such a simple process so exhausting. Now the test is on my integrity in pursuing the practice with discipline.
There are still way much more to be learned but each piece can now be fitted into the puzzle of life appropriately. Keep coming to the classes as long as I could is my goal for time is my limiting factor. Infinitesimal improvement from each class manifested into a whole new world and propelled me to act perspicuously in difficult times. I am not out of the wood yet and from our Masters, I learned that my life is the result of all the choices I have made. Keep making the appropriate choices from now on would be my sincere thanks to our Masters. May the classes be continued without interruption.
Ken Leung 2016-05-01

on 15 December 2016
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中道帶給我對佛法的正確認識

早期在接觸到佛教的時候,我和大多數的朋友一樣,一步就想能達到「恆沙功德,不離方寸;神通妙用,只此一心」的境界。更加以甚麼「動念即魔網,不動是法印」等引以為榮。在這越玄越妙的心態之下,興致勃勃的要去尋求密法,要去聽聽密宗高僧的開示。他老人家告誡的说:「要修好密法,有一法要時時精勤修習。」這究竟會是怎麼樣的妙法呢?
我對科學非常有興趣,而它給我最大的益處就是有機會去認錯。科學有條有理,數據分析嚴密,在讀書的時候,教授鄭重的要我們緊記一事:「科學不是去尋求真理,那是哲學家的事。科學是在一個模擬規劃好的環境下,去尋找有規律性的法則。它永遠是一個過程,而在這程序架構之下,它有預測未來的能力而已。所以要時時刻刻,重重覆覆的去鑑證,沒有永遠不變的科學法則。」那究竟真理又是甚麼呢?
多次在中道聽了師父們講經說法之後,才意識到自己以前根本就是「迷猿捉水月,狂犬逐雷聲」之輩。之前讀了一大堆的空理、三法印等,只成了口頭禪,結果連怎様在日常生活中去覺察自己的過失也不懂,更加沒有與正法相應的思考模式。受了師父的指導之後,對緣起、四聖諦、三法印等又有深一層的認識。師父那個三圈圖[我執、無常、苦]更加是一針見血,使這個崇尚科學的我得益良多,明白了真理的所在,更加增強了正確的思考摸式,不再刻舟求劍。
師父把錯綜複雜的佛法教得條理分明,從不同的宗派角度去為我們分析解說,更加重覆地講解各種重要義理,使我們能夠緊記。之前我跟本對佛法不求甚解,自以為是,強詞奪理,更和朋友們諍論到面紅耳赤,各持己見,真的是差之毫釐,謬之千里。師父常說佛法的主要對象還是以人道為主,主要宗旨是教大家怎樣踏上「菩提」之路。 我們大多數都是鈍根凡夫,只有好好的從五乘共法中的人天乘著手,打好入門的基礎。
佛法在世間,首先當然是要有世間正見: 1.有善有惡 2.有業有報 3.有前生後世 4.有凡有聖。進而修五戒十善。師父解說:戒是「習性」之意,所以戒在佛法裏是「善性善習」,是做人的重點。密宗妙法,他老人家說:「恆思已過」!這又怎會是個密法呢?在中道聽了師父強調「聞、思、修」的重要時,終於明白到他老人家的苦重心長:1. 要懺悔,加強信心 2. 要知道需要修的是甚麼,不是想要修甚麼,是專對治自已特有的煩惱,要多聞,養成隨順正法的思考模式,這才能認清煩惱無明所在 3. 要養成順於正法的行為模式, 要多思,這才可以踏實的去積德累功。
要踏上菩提之路,先要從自己的身心生命做起。佛法的意義深廣,套上日常科學就產生很大問題。科學以尋求宇宙變化規律為目標,是一個過程,並不說明「真理」。由五乘共法進至三乘共法,就要在「聞、思、修」上更加要下功夫,更加要恆思己過。 信心不足時就以「宗教行為」協助,發大心容易,發長遠心難。不斷地長養慈悲心才能進入大乘的領域。在這裏說大乘佛法就要加倍小心,主要是我們還未到達這個境界,亦非利根眾生。大乘佛法義理精深,在語言文字上就更要避免「離文顯妙,滯句談玄」之弊。
道不弧運,弘之由人。雖然是開卷有益,但如果沒有師父的精心解說,一定會弄巧交拙,徒亂人意,不得正法。能有這樣好的機會親聽師父們講經說法,真的是醍醐灌頂,事半功倍。願繼續不斷的在「聞、思、修」上用功,以答謝師父們的悉心教導。願更多的朋友們能得到中道的熏陶及滋潤,速得成就。更願師父們能宏揚中道無礙,令正法久住!
阿彌陀佛 弟子賢明合十

on 23 September 2016
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中道佛学会--卡城一道靓丽的人文景致

武子

在接触中道佛学会之前,从未想到卡城还有这么一个清净的佛学场所,也从未想到在北美会有这么几位清净博学的法师近十年如一日,义务地在为当地的佛学爱好者,由浅入深、深入浅出地系统讲授着佛学经典,从《禅学概要》、《佛法概论》、《金刚经》、《心经》、《学佛三要》、《俱舍论》、《阿含经》,再到现在传讲的《摄大乘论》、《成佛之道》,可谓层次清晰、次第分明,确实是在国内也难找到这样完美的学佛环境。

       因为文革及其他历史原因,中华传统文化受到很大摧残,就连曾为中华历史带来极大繁荣(如贞观之治、康乾盛世)的佛学也衰落到要么谈禅落入狂慧,要么一句佛号念到终身,而把集人类究竟之大智慧的佛学理论置入一边,打入冷宫。 致使许多念了一辈子佛的人,连基本的三要道、四圣谛、六度四摄等基本的佛理是什么都不知道,确实是民族文化之大悲剧。而在这远隔万里之外的北美边地,却遇到如此重视闻思修、戒定慧的清净佛学法流,这如何不让人感到震憾和惊喜呢。
       看着越来越多的卡城华人(甚至西人)加入到佛学会组织的学习或活动的行列,见到每周五、周日越来越多的人,聚集到佛学课堂来学习、禅修,听到越来越多的大陆佛友打来电话索要法师们的传讲内容,搜索到土豆网、Youtube等视频网站上传了愈来愈多的法师们的讲座视频,又怎么不令人感到喜悦和欣慰呢。
       每当看到法师们的讲座上,男女老少荟聚一堂、全神贯注地听讲、认真积极发问的情景,我都会由衷地想到,此情此景,应该是卡城最靓丽的一道风景。而随着中道佛学会邀请更多的大陆或台湾的高僧大德来此讲经说法,以及将来禅修中心的建成投用后,会有更多的人沐浴到清净的佛法甘露,这也必将为卡城多元文化增添更靓丽的色彩。
中道佛学会网址:
http://www.middlepath.ca/