2010年10月26日 星期二

To Be Or Not To Be 出家不出家

One day, a young man told his father, "Dad, I'd like to be a buddhist monk. Please..." His father looked at him, "Well, you can be a monk only if you work hard and give me NT$1,000,000; you have my word!" The young man was a nice son who respected his father, he agreed and worked had to fullfil his dharmma dream. Then, after a while, when he got NT$100,000, he met a girl. After that, when he got NT$500,000, he got a promotion, the girl became his girlfriend. Finally, when he got $1000,000, at hand, he was happy for his business and the future-wife. Did he mention his wish to his father again? No. Of course not. He gave NT$100,000 to his father and decided to be a husband instead of a monk. Did his father remind him of his dharmma dream again? No. Of course not. This was exactly what his father wanted in the first place: He wanted to trap his son with money and lust; he never wanted him to be a buddhist monk.

Lesson? Oh, if you want to be a buddhist monk, discuss this issue with an experienced buddhist monk; if you want to be a buddhist nun, discuss this issue with an experienced buddhist nun. Ask someone who understands your goal and purpose very well; ask someone who is and will be walking on the dharmma road.

有一天,單純的年輕人求爸爸:「爸,我想出家。」爸爸看看兒子,回答:「好啊,不過,你要先工作賺一百萬給我,我就放你出家。我保證!」兒子很孝順,也就勤奮上班存錢,日復一日。過一陣子,存了十萬,他認識了一個女孩。再一陣子,存了五十萬,公司讓他升官,女孩成為他的固定女朋友。又再努力一陣子,忙到他昏天暗地,終於存到一百萬。此時,他對工作職位與未來的太太都很滿意;於是,一百萬給了爸爸之後,婚事也決定了,他即將成家。他再也沒提起當初賺一百萬的初發心:出家。爸爸也沒再提起當年的保證:錢拿到手就放他出家。因為,兒子現在的樣子,就是他真正的目的:他內心深處根本從不打算放他出家!所謂「一百萬放出家」的條件,純粹只是一種手段、一種拖延戰術、一種轉彎抹角的謊話。道心不堅的年輕人,最後在金錢與美色中迷失了。時間一拖,隨業流轉,他將當年的出離心與初發心,全部忘得精光;慢慢的,當年的持戒精進,也隨著年歲增長與妻子的不信佛法,一一散光。

教訓?想出家成道的話,還是找法師請法,請問法師吧!
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