防止心靈沙塵暴 Safeguard the mind from turbulence2009-06-08 | 慈濟基金會
This is a story told by Dharma Master Cheng Yen from Buddhist scriptures, when Buddha wanted to teach one of his disciples, Rahula, a lesson. Rahula liked to tell white lies and tease people. After Rahula had washed Buddha's feet, he pointed to the basin and asked Rahula: Is this water drinkable? Rahula replied that it's not, being dirty after washing Buddha's feet.
The Buddha said to Rahula: "Though you have been ordained a monk, you are lacking in cultivation, having an unclean body and mind and vulgar in speech. You are just like the water which was originally pure but have been tainted." Buddha told Rahula to pour out the water then asked him: "Can this basin be used for storing rice for eating? Rahula replied: "No Sir, this basin is unclean after being used to wash the hands and feet; therefore, cannot be used to serve food." Buddha then used this analogy to explain to Rahula: "You are like this basin. You have been ordained to be a part of the Sangha; yet you neither practice the precepts nor follow the Vinaya, nor purify you speech, mind and body. How can the food of the Dharma be absorbed by your mind?"
The Buddha lightly kicked the basin around, giving Rahula a bit of a jolt. The Buddha then asked Rahula: "Do you fear that this basin may get broken?" Rahula replied: "No Sir, this basin is meant for rough use, it does not matter if it gets broken." Buddha replies: "Just as you don't value this basin, you are similarly being condescended upon due to your lack of dignity and decorum despite being a member of the Sangha; thus people neither love nor respect you."
After listening to Buddha's advice, the venerable monk decided to reform his old mischievous ways of the past. He strictly abided by the discipline of the precepts by diligently cultivating himself with daily esoteric practices to finally become foremost among Buddha's Ten Eminent Disciples.
Master used this story as a lesson that everyone can receive the Dharma; but if one's heart and mind are defiled, listening to it, one may say: "It is reasonable!"﹐despite the Dharma not being put into practice. If one is not sincerely contrite, however, he would not be able to fully enjoy the benefits of the Dharma. With a pure heart and mind, even if one receives but a tiny drop of Dharma's purity, putting it into practice, his whole being would be fully nourished.
Master quotes from the Sutra of Innumerable Meanings: "Like the gently falling dew that blankets the dust of desire, it is prevented from being agitated." She points out that delusions are dust storms of the mind that blanket the earth and blacken the skies. It is necessary that we reform our minds and instill into it virtues of sincerity, integrity, faith, and honesty. The Dharma is likened to the dew that nourishes the mind and propagates wisdom. When the mind is protected by these four virtues, the calm and serene state of the Bodhisattva may be achieved and the dust storms of the mind will be settled.
Translated by Wenley Ho Edited by Roger Yu, Australia