Words of Chan
Master Chang Shangte
Translated by Translation Team
我要活下去 −- 我要為我的貪瞋癡的內容和形式活下去，永遠強化「意志」，竟至自殺−− 這就是每個人的根本問題。「意志」只能化解，絕對不能強化。
Chapter Three 03.01 Mitigation of Will
One wants to live – to live in the substance and formality with greed, anger and ignorance, and keep making one’s “own will” stronger, for which he may even commit suicide if necessary. -- This is the fundamental problem with everyone. “Own will" can only be resolved or alleviated and absolutely not be fortified.
Chapter Three 03.02 No Splitting
Psychiatric disorder (Schizophrenia),
Dissociative Identity Disorder
Flesh-body ruin and splitting,
All of these illnesses unavoidably lead to an unsystematic or chaotic life.
The honorable Mr. Nan Huai-Chin said:
In the future century there must be many schizoid patients, is that true? Isn’t that true?
Nowadays, in the higher status echelons, psychotic patients are more numerous.
Chapter Three 03.03 Yieldingness
Softness and concession is the largest wealth in the world,
The key is that one has to behave in a softened manner,
Calm down first or one cannot be softened; it is indeed very hard to be tranquil.
Chapter Three 03.04 Ugliness and Sorrow
Those who comprehend ugliness and sorrow of human nature yet neglect to understand their own problems ……..
This only further deepens their ugliness and sorrow.
Chapter Three 03.05 Emergence and Application
Emergence, application and ultimacy of “patience” is
Like fluid extracted from fire and lotus inside flame.
Chapter Three 03.06 Not in the Mood
Dharma is simple and straightforward,
To take and give in a righteous manner,
To gain and lose with an equivalent attitude,
Do not be bothered by emotion at all.
Chapter Three 03.07 Must Not
Those who need nothing are the richest people in this world;
Those who always demand more or all are the poorest ones.
Not that I do not want it, only because I am not capable to have it.
I understand and bear witness that “Forget it" too is the supreme Dharma.
Chapter Three 03.08 Corroboration
Dharma is knowledge (noumena) and endurance (phenomena), which needs to be corroborated personally and further accomplished.
寂靜海 -- 即此用、離此用；離此用、即此用。
Chapter Three 03.09 Ocean of Quiescence
Let it touch the ground and be naturally weathered into ashes,
Shall it not become ashes?
It must volley skyward to the ocean of quiescence (that is Nirvāṇa or the absolute).
Nirvāṇa – be immanent in function and go beyond function, go beyond function and be immanent in function.
Chapter Three 03.10 Dharma Cause
The greater your pain is, the better and closer you are with Dharma Cause; and therefore anxiety is Bodhi.
Evil knowledge is good knowledge,
So knowledge is two sided and favors neither side,
Such a statement is specifically made for guiding the non-anger (person).
Chapter Three 03.11 Self-Mastery
If one cannot deal with "no conflict, no affection, no deficiency and no remainder of reincarnation" during his life,
One shall never expect to get comfortable and in-self.
The so called "Great Love" is utterly the unselfish Buddha love.
Chapter Three 03.12 Non Honesty
When right views (sanyag-drsti) are lost in the world,
There will be no roots of honesty,
Then and there, everyone is no longer honest.
Chapter Three 03.13 Actual Practice
Endeavoring to read, write, preach or copy classics (sūtras) results in no better than cultivation of Dharma in practice,
Those who well know the fact, yet fail to do so, and are even worse than the ignorant.
Chapter Three 03.14 Buddha's Destination
Being with nothingness,
The self-nature corresponds extensively in all directions,
“Being” or “the existent” is unobtainable,
The non-existence leads to the absolute reality,
It lights up all of all pervasively,
It is indefinable! It is indefinable!
Chapter Three 03.15 Learning Buddhism
If one fails to cross the border of patience on suffering and magnanimous giving, all of Dharma ends up becoming useless.
Chapter Three 03.16 Clear Minded
No defense made on truth or false,
No link or association with being and nothingness,
No concern or concentration on the life and death,
Knowing all as such,
Is called clear minded.
Chapter Three 03.17 Live to be Brave
In fact people hardly live well, yet must stand up bravely to live,
In truth people abhor death, yet must plainly face the matter of death.
Chapter Three 03.18 Unreliable
No one is reliable, yet in fact the most unreliable person is:
Only when you become a Buddha, celestial being or sage, dependence and independence can be then transcended.
Chapter Three 03.19 Blessing
It has not been easy to suffer pain till today, to transcend and understand self ego, to face all things and people with same mindset, same rationale and in same approach; we alike birds, are in the same nest.
No prejudice, Ah!
Chapter Three 03.20 Pray in Harmony with Buddha
When Mother Teresa encountered any setbacks, she prayed silently, felt confident, and devoted herself even more compassionately.
Originally, true Buddhist devotees are from time to time synchronized Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and matters of dedication.