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随着年龄的增长,我们似乎越来越难以感受到周遭事物的神奇。我想,这是因为我们每天早上醒来面对这个世界时,总是有一股抹不去的烦闷,觉得我们“什么都见过了”。似乎再没有任何事情能让我们产生新鲜感。甚至亲密关系也可能变得毫无生气,让人难以承受。就连最好的朋友和恋人之间也可能失去共同的兴趣。我想,关键不在于寻找更多让人感到刺激的新的经历,而是觉悟到同样的老玩意儿大部分都已经够好了。

是的,这确实可能有点“无聊”。但是如果我们每天都“转世”,把昨天的成见与不必要的批判洗涤干净,那么这老旧的世界将焕然一新。我们周围充满着“神奇”。留意看一下你多年以来都没看的彩虹。多少人真的看了昨晚的圆月?它不是跟你第一次看它的时候一样神奇吗?一颗苍老的心是一颗没有觉知的心。你是否感到苍老?巴士上婴儿天真的咿咿呀呀对我来说就是一种神奇。而对婴儿来说,一切都是神奇。甚至我这个站在旁边漫不经心地看着他的人,也是一种神奇。

我并非在故弄玄虚,觉悟之路毕竟是迈向清晰境界的旅程。关键是,我们大部分都还没有真正看到什么(“看到”指“体悟真谛”)。佛陀的觉悟对我们来说就是一种神奇,是他无法向我们描述的境界。但是,他看清了这“戏法”,也就是一切是如何“变现”出来的真相。那些感到苍老疲惫的人,请记住,佛陀从寻找觉悟之路到他进入涅槃的“最后”的时刻,心境始终年轻。我们还没有揭露一切事物背后的“戏法”的真相。在那之前,不要停止对一切感到神奇。一切都不是表面的那么简单。年龄增长了,但是“神奇”却依然。别再无聊下去,追求觉悟的神奇吧!

(1月3日 – TDE 1)

There seems to be less and less “magic” that we readily experience as we grow older. I guess it is because we have this nagging feeling, whenever we wake up in the morning to this world, that we have seen it all.

Nothing seems really “interesting” anymore. Even close relationships can become unbearably lifeless. Even best friends and lovers can run out of subjects of interest. I figure the point is not to seek more new exciting experiences, but to realise that the same old stuff is mostly “good” enough. Yes, that might be “boring”. But if we live each day “reborn”, cleansed of yesterday’s prejudices and unnecessary judgements, this same old world becomes anew. “Magic” is abound. Watch out for that rainbow you haven’t seen for years. How many of you really saw the full moon last night? Isn’t it still as magical as when you first saw it? An old heart is one without the magic of awareness. Are you feeling old? The mindless babbling of a baby on the bus is magic to my ears. And to babies, everything is magic—even this person who is me, who is standing looking mindlessly at a baby, is magical to him.

Am not trying to mystify anything—the path of Enlightenment after all is a journey to clarity. The point is many of us haven’t really seen “anything” yet (“seen” referring to “having realised the essence”). The Buddha’s Enlightenment is like “magic” to us—so much so that he cannot fully describe it. But he knows the “trick”—how everything is “conjured”. To all folks out there feeling old and tired—remember that the Buddha was ever young at heart, from his search for Enlightenment to his “last” moments. We haven’t uncovered the truth of the “trick” behind all things yet. Till then, cease not to be amazed by everything. Nothing is what it seems. The age increases, but the “magic” remains. Don’t get bored—get enlightened!

(3 Jan – TDE1)

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