Lighting a Candle

“To think that you will be happy by becoming something else is delusion. Becoming something else just exchanges one form of suffering for another form of suffering. But when you are content with who you are now, junior or senior, married or single, rich or poor, then you are free of suffering.”

也許你以為只要能成就某件事,你就會快樂,但這樣的想法是妄念。成就了某件事後,痛苦只是換了另一形式而已。只有當你對現狀感到滿足 ── 無論你是年輕抑或年老,下級還是上級,已婚或單身,富裕或貧窮,你都感到滿足的話,你才能擺脫痛苦。

“How many times have you tried to solve ‘the problem’? you’ll be trying to solve it not just until you die but for many more lifetimes. Instead, understand that this world is just the play of the senses. It’s the five skandhas doing their thing; it has nothing to do with you. It’s just people being people, the world being the world.”

你是不是一直企圖解決’問題’? 你會一直解決到死亡那刻,以及未來生生世世你都會一直解決下去 …… 這個世界的所謂問題,不過是感官遊戲,只是五蘊在活動,只是眾生之為眾生,人世之為人世,跟你一點兒關係也沒有。

“Love is not liking somebody. Anyone can do that. Love is loving things that sometimes you don’t like.”


“A pure heart is a happy heart.”


“Better light a candle than complain about the darkness.”


“One of the meditation techniques that is good to use — especially if you are busy — is mindfulness of the body. When you get disturbed it’s often hard to settle down again. Instead of going straight to present-moment awareness, silence, the breath, mettā, or whatever other type of meditation you use, sit down and just become aware of the sensations and feelings in your body. Focusing on the physical feelings is a way of giving ease to those feelings. This is particularly useful if you are tired or sick. And it’s not that hard. To make this sort of practice truly effective, use caring attention. Caring attention is not just being mindful but also looking upon those feelings with gentleness and compassion. You’re not just aware of the sensations, but you’re kind and gentle with them.”

當你忙碌時,有個放鬆技巧很實用,就是身體正念。當我們受到擾攘時,有時很難恢復平靜,與其強迫自己馬上進入冥想狀態,不如讓自己徹底感受身體中的種種情緒。專注身體的情緒能撫慰那些情緒。尤其當你勞累或生病時,這個方法特別有幫助,一點也不難。要使它更有效些,可讓自己的專注充滿關愛 ── 不僅專注,而且帶著溫柔慈悲; 你不只是留意那些情緒感受,你同時對它們滿懷關愛。

~ Ajahn Brahm (阿姜布拉姆) ~

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