你、我的「公案」2008-12-23 | 澳洲翻譯志工
Most people are subconsciously self-centred. This concern leads to anxiety and vexation. Due to self-interest and “me” as an identity, we differentiate ourselves among us. As each has its own preferences, dislikes, and different beneficiary relationship (or lack of) with others, our mindsets all vary. Such obstinacy and differences bring us grief.
There is a very simple Buddhism fable with, if thought through philosophically, profound revelations. There was a learned and approachable Dharma master with many disciples. One day, a scholar asked him for advice : “Master, though I come often to learn Buddhism, I still cannot understand what is Buddha.”
The Master smilingly replied : ”Sir, you are Buddha.” Feeling perplexed and apprehensive, the scholar immediately denied : “No, no. I am just a ordinary man.” Still smiling, the Master said : “You do not realize you are a Buddha because your mind is filled with the thoughts of yourself which cover up and block your pure nature.” Still not comprehending, the scholar asked again : “If I am a Buddha, what about you?”
The Master sighed : “Why do you have to think about that? Just a “me” is enough to stop us from rising above commoners. Wouldn’t it be more difficult to become a Buddha with a “you”?” The scholar appeared to understand upon hearing that.
We constantly think of us as different from others, with further differentiations due to fame, wealth, hierarchy, and class status. From these come confrontation, conflict, and other bothers which obscure and prevent common people from recognizing the pure, Buddha instincts in themselves.
Translated by Harry So, Sydney, Australia