崇化法师 哈佛大学专栏 blogs.harvard.edu/chonghua

2018-02-05

Faith is the mother of virtue and it will grow all roots of goodness.

by chonghua

学佛的弟子,称自己的老师叫师父。这个师父啊!是父亲的“父”,不是“傅”。为什么是父亲的父呢?弟子对于师父,要像对待父亲一样的尊重;师父对待弟子要像对待子女一样的亲切。为师是教,教给弟子解脱之道。如父是护,守护弟子常行正道,莫入邪流,你们说是这样的吗?
有的人学佛很娇贵,要师父哄着、劝着学佛。只要稍微遇到一点挫折马上就退心,就会说师父不慈悲,师父又不理我了等等。事实上全世界不理你都不重要,只要佛慈悲你就行了,我们是佛的弟子嘛!你要是真的学佛,不需要师父哄着学,要主动学,要能适应各种环境,要能接受各种挑战,这才叫做善用其心。
对于学佛来说,最重要的就是信心,有学佛的信心才有学佛的动力。正如《华严经》所说:“信为道源功德母,长养一切诸善根”。有信心的人在修学的道路上,即使面对刀山火海毅然勇猛精进,这样的学佛就叫金刚勇猛,成就最快。大家再接再厉!阿弥陀佛!
Followers of Buddhism call their teacher “Master” which in Chinese is Shifu. Fu in Chinese means “father”. Why? Because followers should treat their teachers as father and the teacher should treat their followers as their children. Teachers teach deliverance to the followers. Father protect followers to follow the correct way and far from evil way. Do you think so?
Someone is very pampered to study Buddhism Dharma. They will not study initiatively.Masters need to persuade them to study. And when they meet with setbacks, they will lose their heart immediately and think Masters are not merciful to pay less attention to me. Actually, it is not important that the whole world pays less attention to you. You just need mercy from Lord Buddha, because we are all Buddhist. If you study Buddhism Dharma sincerely, and initiatively, you can adapt different kind of environment and accept various challenges.
As for studying Dharma, the most important thing is confidence. When you have confidence, you will have motivation to study Dharma. As the Avatamsaka Sutra saying, “Faith is the mother of virtue, which will grow all root of goodness.” When the person who has firm belief is on the way of studying Dharma, if he meet with dangers and difficulties, he will Move forward bravely. Study Dharma like that will get big achievements. Wish everyone make persistent efforts! Amitabha!

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