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安東彌勒山早課
An Dong Maitreya Hill morning lesson

讀經的方法
A guide on Sutra recitation

先靜坐三分鐘,調順呼吸,收攝心神。
Meditate for 3 minutes ,regulate your breathing, focus on your mind

眼觀經、手指經、口吐經、耳聽經、意在經、鼻孔自然呼吸,不徐不疾。
Eye focus on the sutra, finger points on the sutra, recite the sutra, listen to the sutra, mind concentration, breath naturally and unhurriedly.

經從心中起,清清淨淨。
Sutra begins in your heart, clearly and peacefully

經從眼中過,明明白白。
Sutra passes your eyes, with clarity

經從口中出,字正音圓。
Sutra comes out from your mouth , clear words and sound

經從耳中入,靈靈寂寂。
Sutra enter your ears , clearly

經從竅中落,落地有聲。
Sutra enter your conscience, and clearly heard.

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(4)什麼是順考?聖凡如意。-2

濟公活佛慈語在凡業方面,像是我們推不開妻恩子愛,

In our daily life, it will be hard to let go of our love and emotions for our family

聲色貨利迷惑著你,跳不出來,要風 得風,要雨得雨,一切這麼的順利, 這時你是不是心中還有道呢?

When you were able to attain fame, wealth, and power as you heart desired, would you still think about Tao?

一切順利,我們得要感謝天恩, 讓你在凡業無後顧之憂。

When everything goes well, we should be grateful for God's blessings that allow our lives to be smooth sailing and without worries.

可是咱們也不是一昧的鑽營下去, 世界上的一切夠了就好。

Obsessive accumulation of wealth shall not be our goal; having just enough of material good is sufficient

沮且大家現在不一樣了,不是一般 的親道親,而是對道理有些許研究, 也願意來共同參辦這三曹的大事,

We are no longer just ordinary Tao members, but members we will further their studies in Tao and participate in the heavenly works

是不是應該花更大的時間、精神在聖事上,好好的努力、好好的前進?

Shouldn't we spend more time and effort in the heavenly works, and move forward together?

上天不會虧待任何一個修道人,或 許不會讓你大富大貴,可是肯定讓你吃得飽、穿得暖。知道嗎?

God will not shortchange practicing Tao members; you may not be extremely rich, but certainly won't suffer from hunger or cold

一天,徒弟問老和尚: 「老和尚,我到底什麼時候才夠成佛啊?到底什麼時候才能讓人家來供養我?」

One day, the apprentice asked the old monk: "Old monk, when will I be a Buddha? When can I be worshipped by the people?"

老和尚跟他講:「你拿兩根蠟燭來。 一根蠟燭沒有芯,另外一根有。你去把兩根蠟燭點上。」

The old monk told him: "You bring two candles. One candle has no wick, the other has. You go and light those candles."

小徒弟回答: 「一根一下就點上了,另一根怎麼點都點不上,為什麼?」

The apprentice answered: "One is easily lit, the other won't light up no matter how hard I try"

老和尚說: 「你看,沒有芯的蠟燭就不叫蠟燭, 它只是個空殼:美其名叫蠟燭, 其實一點作用都沒有。

The old monk said: "You see, a candle without a wick is not called a candle, it is just an empty shell; it may be called a candle, but it has no effect at all.

咱們再看那根點燃的蠟燭,點燃了好美! 雖然只是小小的光芒,也能讓暗室照亮。

Let's look at that lighted candle again, it is so beautiful! Although it has only a small light, nonetheless it is able to illuminate a dark room."

可是小徒弟又問: 「老和尚,這蠟燭點上做什麼?」

But the little apprentice asked again: "Old monk, what's the purpose of lighting up the candle?"

老和尚說: 「這蠟燭也真是夠笨啊! 你看,它照亮了別人,卻痛了自己, 是不是?

The old monk said: "In a way, the candle is quite stupid! You see, it illuminates others but melts itself"

可是痛的是蠟燭的外殼, 它燃燒的是永恆不朽的精神。」

However what's melted is the wax of the candle, but the core burns continuously with vigor

省思 Reflection

孟子曰:「天將降大任於是人也, 必先苦其心志,勞其筋骨,

Mencius said:「When Heaven is going to succeed great responsibility to someone, the person's character must first endure through suffering, his body experience laborous toil,

餓其體膚,空乏其身。」考者,上天之成全也;

his body to sustain hunger, and inflict him with poverty." Such person is henceforth approved by heaven

孔子曰:「朽木,不可雕也,糞土之牆, 不可杇也。」

Confucius said:「Rotten wood can't be carved; a wall of dirty earth can't be troweled .」

佛緣深厚之人,上天考之, 苟非其人,豈皆能成天考耶!

Heaven will certainly test a person with strong bodhisattva connections if not there's no reason to test consistently

修道要永遠保持信念與道心,遇到任何困難阻礙時,對道的堅心永不動搖,

One should always maintain faith in Tao through one's cultivation. When encountering any difficulties or obstacles, the firmness of Tao will never be shaken.

如此考魔不入,堅定奮鬥, 才能貫徹始終,有志者事竟成。

Only in this way can we carry out the test and be determined to work hard, so as to carry it out consistently, and to do things with aspirations.

結論 Conclusion

◎人生如同航行海上的船, 如果不負重,將會搖擺不定。

◎ Life is like a ship sailing on the sea, If you do not carry heavy objects, you will be swayed. 對不起 請原諒我
I am sorry ,please forgive me

謝謝你 我愛你
Thank you and I love you

感恩別人的提醒
Grateful for your advice

快樂是給心中知足的人
Happiness is with those who have a contented heart.

幸福是給常懷感恩的人
Good fortune, happiness, and contentment in life are with those who are always grateful.