无常 / Impermanence 


English version below……

我每天都会走同样的一条路去上班,每一次都是让身后的人以匆忙的脚步从我身边掠过,然后渐行渐远。

而我,却学会了放缓脚步,静静地感受周遭的事物,以及双腿带给我的感动。我会尽量去感恩自己还有双腿,能够带我去我想去的地方。
记得曾经看过这样一句话:当你埋怨没有鞋穿的时候,有些人却连脚也没有。因此每次我看见有人坐轮椅在我眼前出现,我都会默默地感恩那一刻的我,四肢健全,五官端正,可说是很幸福了。
我就是这样子的安慰自己。

说是同样的一条路其实也不尽然,若是仔细观察或是思考,我们会发现天地万物万事每一时每一刻都在变化。昨天躺在那个角落的枯叶多数已经被风吹到不知何处,今天静默在这个角落的落叶明日多数已被清道夫清理了。

花丛里,可能会多了一朵全新绽放的娇艳,也有可能许多花朵选择了脱离花干,而尘土呢?人呢?无一不是与昨天相同的。
望着人们匆匆的背影,我也意识到自己的心情今非昔比,每踏出一个脚步,与昨日的情绪也不可同日而语。

佛教其中的基本就是教导人们无常的道理,也在提醒世人不可执著于人、事、物的变迁,因为那本就是生命的真谛。

17.02.2017

文/林顺源
This is the same route that I take everyday to work. And often, I would see strangers passed by me from behind with their hasty steps, and then disappearing from my side afar.
I have learned (and still learning) to slow down my pace, and enjoy the joy of walking. I have yet to attain the level of gratitude for each step that I take but just being grateful that I can go to wherever I want.
I have read this statement somewhere: when you grumble about no footwear, there are people who do not have legs.
With that thought in mind, I will always feel thankful whenever someone on a wheelchair passes me by.
To say that nothing has changed in the route that I take everyday is not true. To be exact, everything else has changed. The ground that I stepped on has changed. The leaves that were lying on the path were not the same leaves as yesterday’s. The bushes could have Nee flowers blossomed or more flowers decided to leave their fellow friends.
So much has changed, including how I feel in me, my thoughts, my emotions and the people who passed by me.
Impermanence is one of the basic teachings in Buddhism. It attempts to remind us not to be too attached to material stuff and recognise impermanence is the only constant in this world.
17.02.2016

Francis Lim

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