Golden Pagoda Buddhist Temple, Singapore

Golden Pagoda Buddhist Temple officially opened to the public on 1st January 2017 after it closed for reconstruction for a few years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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You are loving kindness wisdom energy
by Lama Thubten Yeshe

Many young people today have lost their identity. They have difficulty understanding who they are, so they try to identify with different roles, different ideas. But then, not finding their identity in any of these roles, they become lost. Disturbed, they lead meaningless lives doing whatever comes to mind, without much thought. Such things are happening in this world.

From the moment we were born until now, each of us has tried to emanate in many different ways. Many of us have emanated as hippies and movie stars or as terrorists or politicians, capitalists or communists. We have tried almost everything, only to discover in the end that whatever we have tried to identify with has turned out to be illusion, not reality.

These are good examples. You can see how your concrete concept of “me” tries to identify with some outer philosophical viewpoint, thinking, “I am this; I am this.” But then “this” is not what you find that you are. Instead, today you have discovered that you have loving kindness wisdom energy. You know you have this within you. You should trust this energy and identify with it instead of trusting outer projections. Your loving kindness wisdom energy must be cultivated, fertilised, protected, and tended well, like a garden. It can be nourished and developed and unified as the deity Gyalwa Gyatso.

We carry within us a heavy blanket of concepts and projections about ourselves. Over time we have constructed a kind of concentration camp within us, one iron bar, then another and another and another — so many concrete projections. In order to break through these projections, we need a profound vision of method and wisdom. We need to clothe ourselves in the very finest image: the union of great compassion and nonduality. This is your identity — your identity and your reality. You should wear this image in order to break through your limited, closed projections of who you are.

In our twentieth-century world there is so much hatred, disunity, and conflict. People are fighting for material possessions, are trying to conquer each other, never feeling love for one another. You can see this going on everywhere. It is incredible. Sometimes, even with a beloved friend, when you are both angry, you can’t feel your friend’s love and you can’t feel love for them. So we all understand how much the world needs peace and love — each individual and mankind as a whole. Therefore, we can easily see how logical and how worthwhile it is to practice such a profound yoga method. With this practice there is no need for hesitation; there can be no philosophical objections. It is very scientific, very down to earth.

When we talk about loving kindness, we are just using words. But mere words do not help. We may know the words, but if we don’t actively energise loving kindness in our nervous system, then we have achieved nothing. This yoga method unifies loving kindness with our nervous system. This is exactly what we need, and this is why I am requesting you not to waste the time and energy of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. We should put concentrated effort and dedication into our retreat, then at least we will have been telling the truth when we promised, during the initiation, to engage seriously in this practice. And, of course, we will be doing something worthwhile.

Love and compassion come in different forms. There is pure love and pure compassion, which manifest in the form of Gyalwa Gyatso. But there is also selfish love. If we think about it, we can see that selfish love can be either positive or negative. It has both qualities. On the one hand, selfish love and selfish motivation are based on mental projections that fixate on their objects, such as family, husband, wife, or nationality, as “mine.” While the love you feel is, in fact, selfish, at the same time because of it, you give and share something. You give to your brother, your sister, your husband or wife thinking, “Because they are my relatives, because we Italian people are the same, because we all eat pizza, I therefore have an obligation to give them what I can.”

Selfish love, although limited, does have a kind of manipulative power to give, to serve. It has power that can aid in transforming you into a better, warmer person. For example, many men say, “Oh, I am not a bad man. I take care of twenty children and my wife. I send them to school, I give them good food, and I love them. They have a good home, and I do everything I can for them. Because of this, when I die, I shall die happy and satisfied.” There is some satisfaction in this. Do you understand? The motivation may be selfish and limited, but one’s actions bring benefit to others, and as a result a kind of transformation takes place.

Even though selfish love does have these positive attributes, it is clear that pure love and pure compassion serve in a much more profound, more dedicated way and bring about far more profound and far-reaching results. By practicing the profound highest yoga tantra method of Gyalwa Gyatso — the pure vision of the Dalai Lama — we are engaging in a mental exercise to eliminate the selfish mind completely. Through this profound practice of transformation, we can develop pure limitless love and compassion and thus experience directly their effectiveness in our own lives. We can experience this pure vision for ourselves. Because we so often see each other as objects of anger and hatred due to our mental projections, we are sorely in need of this pure vision. It is genuinely worthwhile and, happily, there is no doubt at all that we can achieve it.

What seems to be external, the domain of the grasped, is pure. What seems to be internal, the grasping mind, is empty. What seems to lie in between is luminosity. May I recognise it! Joyful Buddhas of the three times, look upon me with compassion. Bless beings such as me with liberation.

— Padmasambhava, Guru Rinpoche

既然看不到來世,為何還要深信因果?
濟群法師

學佛的人,大約都以為自己是相信因果的。但扪心自問:我們對因果究竟信到什麼程度?是“深信不疑”的“信”,還是“寧信其有,不信其無”式的信呢?

對於學佛者而言,深信業果是非常重要的。無明煩惱為什麼會使我們流轉生死?造作惡業為什麼會使生命感得苦果?正是因果規律在支配。勤修戒定慧為什麼能成就佛果?同樣取決於“如是因感如是果”的原理。唯有深信業果真實不虛,我們才能自覺地止惡行善,真正對自己的生命負責。

每個人都關心自己的未來,為什麼還會做出種種不負責任的行為?原因就在於不曾深信業果,從而懷有僥幸心理,以為自己會是那個逃脫惡業懲罰的幸運兒。久而久之,對因果的敬畏日漸淡薄,甚而流於習慣性的麻木。

如果我們注意觀察,會發現生活中充滿因果的實例,只是以往未加注意罷了。我們常常可以看到,有些人口口聲聲相信因果,卻毫無顧忌地造作惡業。這種所謂的“相信”,只是虛假的裝飾而已。同時也說明,他們對業果的認識是極為浮淺的。

佛教所講的因果是三世論,不僅貫穿著我們的今生,也貫穿著無盡的過去和未來。我們所能看到的,只是其中極其微小的一部分。對於不具備宿命通的凡夫來說,既看不到過去,看不到來世,也看不清現在,所以才會心存僥幸。如何才能加深對因果的認識?必須時常親近善知識,認真聞思經教,以此強化業果在內心的警策力。

事實上,因果的另一層面是我們當下可以感覺到的,那就是心行的變化。當我們與貪嗔癡相應時,內心的負面力量隨之增長,人性也隨之墮落。一個貪婪無比的人,永遠體會不到心滿意足的快樂;一個嗔心熾盛的人,永遠感受不到心平氣和的從容。那麼,貪嗔癡從何而來?正是我們逐漸培養出來的。我們對金錢、色欲的執著,便是滋長貪嗔癡的養料。即使外在一切並未因我們的貪嗔癡有所改變,但這些不善的心行力量仍會對自身生命構成過患。

每件善行乃至一念之善,將使人性中善的力量得到張揚。反之,人性中惡的力量也會隨之增長。世間有形形色色的人,有的很自我,有的很開放;有的很尖刻,有的很寬厚;有的很吝啬,有的很大度……每一種性格,都是生命的無盡積累。其中的負面因素,正是痛苦的源泉。

如果我們深知:每一件善惡行為必將對生命構成影響並留下痕跡,還會任意造作惡行嗎?事實上,不僅一切行為如此,甚至起心動念也是功不唐捐的。我們的阿賴耶識就像電腦硬盤一樣,忠實記錄著輸入的每一份資料。即使我們可以騙盡天下人,但永遠騙不了自己,也絕無可能逃脫因果的自然法則。

“業決定”的道理告訴我們:有所為必將招感業果。這又包括兩個方面:一是任何起心動念及外在行為,必將在內心形成力量。二是今生的樂果皆來自過去世的善業,而今生的苦果則來自過去世的惡業,所謂“業不作不得,業已作不失”。

當然,我們也不必為已造作的惡業背負沉重的心理負擔,因為焦慮和自責皆於事無補。當我們認識到曾經犯下的惡業後,應至誠地發露忏悔:“往昔所造諸惡業,皆由無始貪嗔癡,從身語意之所生,一切我今皆忏悔。”

以如法的忏悔清洗人格,蕩滌種種罪業。更為重要的是,必須從此深信業果,慎護身口意三業,如理作意,法隨法行,決不造作新的惡業。如此,才能生生增上,在菩提大道上勇往直前。

Emptiness is form. Because of emptiness, therefore form exists. Because form is empty, therefore form exists. Emptiness is other than form. It explains the union of the two truths. Emptiness is the ultimate truth and form is the conventional existing object. This bring us to dependent origination. The conclusion of dependent arising is that all phenomena are the union of these two truths. They are empty and they arise out of causes and conditions.

— 4th Zong Rinpoche, Tenzin Wangdak

Losar Tashi Delek 2017

His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje

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