V 3-18 Ten Precepts that benefits One’s Health 利生十戒

Disclaimer: The translations are not official nor endorsed by 2OR, so please just treat it as a ‘fan-based’ translation. The Buddha-Dharma is profound. No matter how you convey it, it won’t be completely perfect. Because the Buddha-Dharma is an experience, it’s an awakening 【佛法深奥无比,怎么写,都不会是究竟圆满。佛法是一种悟】. Please enjoy, and I hope it serves as a good filler until the official English version comes out.

接下来师父给大家讲利生十戒。第一,谨言行,以寡过。就是说讲话和行为要特别地谨慎,才能少做错事。祸从口出,嘴巴乱讲,动作乱作,出事了吧?你们去看看澳大利亚那些被施暴的女孩子,很多都是半夜出去穿着超短裙,引起别人做坏事的,这些问题已经被很多宗教讲过了,后来还引起争论。师父今天在这里不讲好坏,就讲很容易让人家意识上先犯罪,导致自己受害。

Next, Master will talk about ten precepts that benefit one’s health. The first one is to be cautious of one’s speech and conduct. When you do so, you will make a few mistakes. Calamity comes from the mouth. When you speak irresponsibly or act recklessly, aren’t you getting yourself into trouble? Watch the news about how young girls in Australia got raped. Many of them walk out in the middle of the nightly scantily dressed, and it attracts bad people to do bad things to them. These problems have already been discussed by many religions, which was debated by the wider audience afterwards. Today, Master will not talk about whether it’s good or bad; he only says that it’s very easy to induce people to commit crimes, and causing harm to themselves.


第二,节饮食,以养生。吃东西少的人,是尊重自己的心,不会脑子不好,因为脑子和心是连在一起的。为什么胖的人脑子就不会动的快呢?你们看看胖的人有几个聪明的?吃得太多,人胖了,脑子就不听使唤。

The second one is to be abstemious when eating, and you will maintain your health well. Those who eat moderately are respecting their mind, and their brain won’t get worse as the brain is connected with the mind. Why is it that obese people are not mentally quick? How many obese people are there who are intelligent? When one eats too much, they get obese, and their brain will slow down.


第三,省嗜好,以养心。就是说,你的嗜好越少,你的心就越平静。很喜欢喝茶,这个嗜好不算坏吧,有些地方喜欢茶道,小杯茶可以喝上一天,这也是浪费时间,所以,嗜好是越少越好,比如喝酒,抽烟,赌博,好色等。心中越是没有嗜好,就越是没有欲望,心就会越平静。心不能平静,怎么修心呢?

The third is to have a few hobbies, and you will nurture your mind as you become peaceful. People who have a hobby of drinking fine tea isn’t considered bad right? Some places like to prepare tea ceremonies. But if one can take a whole day just drinking tea, then it’s a waste of time. That’s why the fewer hobbies you have, the better. For example, drinking alcohol, smoking, gambling, lusting for women etc. People who don’t have many hobbies are people who don’t have many desires, and so their mind becomes more peaceful. If your mind isn’t at peace, then how can you cultivate your mind?


第四,耐烦劳,以尽心。一个人如果能够忍耐、任劳任怨的话,这个人的心是很踏实的,是我做的,实实在在我做了,开心吧。菩萨的佛言佛语都是教我们怎么做人。人有阳寿,非要拼命抽烟,你不要参加汽车比赛,非常去撞车,叫你开车当心一点,非要酒后驾车,才会产生恶果。菩萨教我们多劳动,劳动就是运动,劳动产生美,尽心尽力了,你才会舒服,你就不会后悔,你就不会难过。

The fourth is to remain patient towards any troubles. If one could forbear any amount of trouble and resentment, then it means you are very grounded. “If it’s something I should do then I’ll properly do it.” Then you’ll be happy. The Bodhisattvas’ words of wisdom teach us how to behave like an upright person. A person’s lifespan is limited, yet some still continue to smoke. Others have warned you not to participate in the racing competition, it’s too easy to get into a car accident, and you have to be extra careful. But you just had to race after having a few drinks and get into an unwholesome consequence. Bodhisattvas teach you that you must work hard. Working hard is an exercise. Once you’ve done your best, you would feel comfortable because there are no regrets, and so you won’t feel upset.


第五,慎喜怒,以平气。就是说开心的时候要特别谨慎,发怒的时候也要特别当心,气直接关系到你的喜怒哀乐,生气了,发脾气了,开心了,喜气洋洋,都是你的气在动啊。一个人如果没有气了,不就死了吗?人活着不就是一口气吗?所以要掌握好自己的这一口气。很多人以为中六合彩了,原来是把6看成了9,白开心。所以喜和怒都要谨慎。今天发脾气之前,好好想想,我这脾气该不该发,发了是不是值得,会不会伤我身体,会不会伤我心上的人。不要发脾气。

The fifth one, be cautious when expressing joy and anger; you must stay calm. Your breath is directly related to your emotions. When you become angry and throw your temper, or when you are joyful, your breath fluctuates. If a person doesn’t have any breaths left, don’t they die? Life is but a breath, right? That’s why you must properly control your breath. Many people thought that they had won the lottery, but then found out that they saw the six as a nine afterwards, and become disappointed. That’s why you must be cautious when you’re joyful or angry. Before you lose your temper, you should rethink whether it’s right for you to lose your temper and whether there’s any value in doing so. Would you be hurting your body, or hurting the person you love? So don’t lose your temper.


今天我喜的时候,我开心了,开心过头了,照样出事,因为随喜而来的就会有灾祸。它就是阴阳,阴阳是相接的。一个人一辈子不会永远顺利,也不会永远倒霉。人就是在理解喜怒的时候,容易把喜事会忘记,因为他开心的时候,他就不太感觉到正在开心。你们去试一试,看喜剧片的时候,你笑的时候,你自己没感觉的,就只知道开心。但是当一个人生气的时候,难过的时候,他就知道,我在难过,我真的过不去。明白了吗?实际上菩萨跟我们就在人间。想想看,这些都是菩萨教我们怎样做人啊,人成即佛成。你做人像菩萨了,你不就是菩萨吗?平气,就是心平气和。

Today, when something great happened to you, you were very happy as you felt lucky. But then afterwards, something bad happened to you, and your luck ran out. That’s because after good luck comes bad luck. It’s a kind of dualistic phenomenon, just like yin and yang, they are connected. A person will never be lucky for all their life, nor will they be unlucky for all their life. When you try to learn about the state of joy or anger, you’ll recognise that it’s easy to forget about happy things. That’s because when you feel happy, you don’t really think that you are happy. You can test it when you’re watching a comedy show, and you laugh, you don’t really feel happy, but you only know that you’re laughing. But when a person is feeling angry or upset, they know that they are feeling very down, and they can’t take it anymore. Now you understand? In reality, the Bodhisattvas are with us in the Human Realm. Think about it; everything is what the Bodhisattvas teach us on how to behave like a proper human. Once you’re accomplished as a morally upright person, then you are behaving like a Bodhisattva, so aren’t you a Bodhisattva? Remain calm and peaceful.


第六,戒夸张,以集事。一个人吹牛,就叫夸张。明明一点点事情,他把它说成好大,也称为夸大。人活在世界上,不要夸张。师父在电台里救人很低调。但是很多听众不住了,就叫师父菩萨。师父叫自己“卢台长”。活在人间,就把自己在人间的法号拿出来,跟人家是平等的。如果你们叫师父活菩萨,师父就和你们不平等了,师父自己就很难过,因为你们拉开了和师父的距离和境界。那天在圣诞晚会上,一位佛友坐在师父边上说,“卢台长也吃饭啊?”她就觉得奇怪,菩萨怎么也会吃饭啊。不能神话,做人不要把自己夸张。因为你是在用灵性、是用菩萨的智慧在救人,你肉体展示的东西不一定跟菩萨一样。

The sixth one is to abstain from exaggerating and do things with others. When a person boasts, then they are exaggerating. It’s only a small matter, but you make it sound much larger than it actually is, in other words, you exaggerate it. You mustn’t exaggerate. Master is very low-key when helping others at the radio station, but many sentient beings call Master a Bodhisattva, while he just calls himself the radio host. If you call Master a Bodhisattva, then you are no longer equal with Master, and he will be upset as it means you have idolised him and you will subconsciously think that you and Master are different. There was a time on Christmas day when a fellow Buddhist came up to Master and asked, “Oh, so Master also eats?” She thought that it was weird, “Why do Bodhisattvas need to eat?” One mustn’t idolise and exaggerate themselves. What you are using to save others is the wisdom of the Bodhisattva, but what you show may not be the same as a Bodhisattva.


但是在说法的时候,在救人的时候,你绝对是个真菩萨。你平时可以稍微讲点笑话。师父昨天在走路时,还随缘救了一个人。讲得他服服帖帖,呆在那儿了。这就是走到哪里,救人到哪里,用各种各样的方法救人。明白了吗?来的人是什么样,师父就说什么话。不要居高临下。以集事,就是说任何事情都是大家一起来把它做好。任何事情都是靠着大家的力量,你会错吗?如果你一个人做,你就有可能犯错。集思广益啊。这些精辟的语言,是把佛法转化成白话来救度众生的,你们要好好学啊。

But when you are preaching the Dharma and trying to save them, at that moment, you are truly a Bodhisattva. Occasionally you may say a few light-hearted jokes. Yesterday, while Master was walking, he also casually preached to somebody. The person listened fervently and sat with me obediently. This is what it means to save wherever you go, and you must use various methods to save others. Do you understand? I will speak differently according to who the listener is. Don’t think that you are above others. Do things with others, in other words, if you depend on the ability of others, would you do things wrongly? If you only did something by yourself, it’s easier to make mistakes. There are many benefits to a mutual discussion. These incisive words are to teach the Buddha-Dharma in plain terms so that sentient beings could understand it and be saved easier; you must properly learn it.


第七,崇退让,以合众。就是说人在社会上,要学会退让。一个不懂得退让的人,是不合群的,是不能和大家在一起的,有什么可傲慢的。你看有些强国,想做国际警察,想打谁,就打谁,结果也经常被人打,经济衰退第一个。很多国家都不喜欢它,一个人也好,一个国家也好,一定要谦让。崇就是崇尚、尊重、推广的意思。退一步,海阔天空,让一步,前途无量。很多人越让,前途越好。越冲,前途越艰难。

For the seventh one, honour making concessions to bring people together. In other words, you must learn to make concessions in society. If you don’t, then you won’t be able to blend in with others. What is there to be arrogant of? Look at these some of these strong nations who want to be the global police, and attack whoever they want. As a result, they are also beaten frequently, and their economy wanes, and a lot of other nations don’t like them. Whether you are just an individual or a nation, you must be humble. The term honour has the meaning of respecting and sharing with others. Take a step back, and your possibility is as wide as the sea and sky. The more people make concessions, the brighter their future becomes. The more aggressive action they take, the more trouble their future becomes.


第八,慎诺言,以全信。就是说承诺要谨慎,才能让人家全方位地相信你。要想得到信任度,尽量不要去夸大,尽量不要说谎话。师父对你们的要求已经很低了,师父要你们尽量不要去吹牛,尽量不要去说谎。一句谎言需要十句谎言来弥补,而且很多人说完谎记不住,又自己说出去,所以大家要好好记住。

For the eighth one, be cautious with your speech, and be trustworthy. In other words, you must be careful when making a promise, and only then would others trust you. If you want to gain other people’s trust, refrain from exaggerating and lying. Master’s demand of you is already very low, and that is he wishes that you refrain from boasting and lying. A single lie requires another ten lies to make up for it. Also, after they lie, they forget about it later on and say out the truth. That’s why you must take note of it.


第九,减耗费,以惜福。尽量减少你生活中的浪费和家里的耗费,要珍惜福气。人道为什么可以修上天,也可以下地狱?实际上,人道是个很奇怪的道,这个道就是借假修真的地方。如果你在人道狂修,你也许永远不会到下面去了。如果你借用这个地方,像个中转站一样,狂做坏事,你也许永远做不了人。很多听众问师父,为什么只有人道才能修行,在电台里,师父没有时间回答,今天告诉你们,因为人道具有灵体和肉体,所以可以双修。鬼道有肉体吗?阿修罗道有肉体吗?畜牲有没有智慧本性的灵体吗?畜牲的灵体是固定的,不是人的智慧的那种灵体,不是菩萨智慧的那种灵体,而是受过处理的、像二手货似的、不是原型的灵体了。

For the ninth one, reduce wastage and cherish your blessings. In your everyday life, try to minimise your wastage and cherish your worldly blessings. Why is it that you can cultivate to go to heaven or hell in the Human Realm? In reality, the Human Realm is a strange realm; it is a place where you borrow the fake to cultivate the real. If you madly cultivate, maybe you’ll never descend. If you borrow this place, it is like a transfer hub. If you madly commit unwholesome deeds, maybe you’ll never get to be a human again. Many listeners ask Master why is it that you can only cultivate in the Human Realm. During the programme, Master didn’t have enough time to reply, but he will tell you now, it’s because you possess both spirit and physical body in the Human Realm, that’s why you can cultivate both. Do the sentient beings in the Ghost Realms have a physical body? Do the sentient beings in the Asura Realm have a physical body? Do animals possess a spirit with the potential of wisdom unlocked? The spirit of an animal is fixed and lacks the potential to become wise like humans or be at the same level as a Bodhisattva. Their spirit had been processed, like second-hand goods, and is no longer the original primordial spirit.


第十,存悲心,以养德。人的道德是怎么样来的,因为你慈悲人家,你悲悯人家,你感觉这个人苦,那个人苦,你的德性就出来了,师父教育你们,看见谁都要觉得他可怜,你觉得人人都可怜,你就养成慈悲心了,你就不恨人家了,积福德啊。养德,什么叫养德?你的德性是养出来的。什么叫养?不是养孩子的养,是培养出来的,所以为人慈悲是为人之天地之本,学佛修心可以保持你的这个“本”,借假修真才是真正的爱惜这个“本”,培养佛境界,坚持度众生,才能让这个“本”得到清源,回归天界,共证无上正等正觉。

For the tenth one, harbour a mind of compassion to cultivate your virtues. How do virtues manifest? It’s because you show compassion for others, you show pity towards others. You can feel the suffering of others, so when others are suffering, your virtues show. Master wants you to feel pity towards everybody you meet. When you pity everybody, you will develop a mind of compassion, you won’t develop hatred, and you’ll be accumulating blessings and virtues. What does it mean to cultivate virtues? Your virtuous nature is something that’s cultivated. That’s why it’s said that compassion is the foundation for humans in their path to heaven. Learning Buddhism and cultivating can maintain this foundation. The action of borrowing the fake to cultivate the real is to cherish this foundation. Only by cultivating a level of spirituality towards Buddhahood, and persisting in saving other sentient beings could you keep nourishing this foundation to return to the Heavenly Realms and attain perfect enlightenment.

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