Spotless Mind

“Bhikkhus, a bhikkhu who is not skilled in the ways of others’ minds should train: ‘I will be skilled in the ways of my own mind.’ It is in this way that you should train yourselves.

“And how is a bhikkhu skilled in the ways of his own mind? It is just as if a woman or a man—young, youthful, and fond of ornaments—would look at her or his own facial reflection in a clean bright mirror or in a bowl of clear water. If they see any dust or blemish there, they will make an effort to remove it. But if they do not see any dust or blemish there, they will be glad about it; and their wish fulfilled, they will think, ‘How fortunate that I’m clean!’ So too, self-examination is very helpful for a bhikkhu to grow in wholesome qualities.” – AN 10.51

“No ce, bhikkhave, bhikkhu para­citta­pariyā­ya­kusalo hoti, atha ‘sacitta­pariyā­ya­kusalo bhavissāmī’ti —evañhi vo, bhikkhave, sikkhitabbaṁ.

“Kathañca, bhikkhave, bhikkhu sacitta­pariyā­ya­kusalo hoti? Seyyathāpi, bhikkhave, itthī vā puriso vā daharo yuvā maṇḍa­na­kajā­tiko ādāse vā parisuddhe pariyodāte acche vā udakapatte sakaṁ mukhanimittaṁ pacca­vek­kha­māno sace tattha passati rajaṁ vā aṅgaṇaṁ vā, tasseva rajassa vā aṅgaṇassa vā pahānāya vāyamati. No ce tattha passati rajaṁ vā aṅgaṇaṁ vā, tenevattamano hoti pari­puṇṇa­saṅkappo: ‘lābhā vata me, parisuddhaṁ vata me’ti.

“ရဟန်းတို့ ရဟန်းသည် အကယ်၍ သူတစ်ပါးစိတ်ဖြစ်ပုံ၌ မလိမ္မာသူ ဖြစ်ခဲ့သော် “(ငါသည်) မိမိ စိတ်ဖြစ်ပုံ၌ လိမ္မာသူ ဖြစ်ရမည်”ဟု သင်တို့သည် ဤသို့သာလျှင် ကျင့်အပ်၏။

ရဟန်းတို့ အဘယ်သို့လျှင် ရဟန်းသည် မိမိစိတ်ဖြစ်ပုံ၌ လိမ္မာသူ ဖြစ်သနည်း၊ ရဟန်းတို့ ဥပမာသော်ကား ငယ်ရွယ်နုပျို၍ တန်ဆာဆင်လေ့ရှိသော မိန်းမသည်လည်းကောင်း၊ ယောကျာ်းသည်လည်းကောင်း၊ ထက်ဝန်းကျင် စင်ကြယ်ဖြူစင်သော ကြေးမုံ (မှန်) ၌ဖြစ်စေ ကြည်လင်သော ရေခွက်၌ဖြစ်စေ မိမိမျက်နှာရိပ်ကို (ကြည့်ရှု) ဆင်ခြင်လတ်သော် ထို(ကြေးမုံ—ရေခွက်)၌ အကယ်၍ မြူမှုန်ကိုသော်လည်းကောင်း၊ (မှဲ့စသော) အညစ်အကြေးကိုသော်လည်းကောင်း မြင်ခဲ့မူ ထိုမြူမှုန် (မှဲ့စသော) အညစ် အကြေးကို ပယ်ရန်အလို့ငှါ လုံ့လပြု၏၊ ထို (ကြေးမှုံ—ရေခွက်) ၌ အကယ်၍ မြူမှုန် (မှဲ့စသော) အညစ် အကြေးကို မမြင်ခဲ့မူ ထိုမမြင်ခြင်းကြောင့်ပင် “ငါ့အား အရတော်လေစွ၊ ငါသည် ထက်ဝန်းကျင် စင်ကြယ် လေစွ”ဟု ဝမ်းမြောက်မှု အကြံပြည့်စုံမှု ဖြစ်ရ၏။

“Ta sẽ thiện xảo trong hành tướng tâm của ta.” Như vậy, các Tỷ-kheo các Thầy cần phải học tập.

“Và này các Tỳ kheo, như thế nào, Tỷ-kheo thiện xảo trong hành tướng tâm của mình? Ví như, này các Tỷ-kheo, một người đàn bà hay một người đàn ông, còn trẻ, trong tuổi thanh niên, tánh ưa trang điểm, quán sát hình ảnh mặt mình trong tấm gương thanh tịnh trong sáng, hay trong một bát nước trong. Nếu thấy trên mặt có hột bụi hay dấu nhớp gì, người ấy cố gắng đoạn trừ hột bụi hay dấu nhớp ấy. Nếu không thấy hột bụi hay dấu nhớp, người ấy hoan hỷ, thỏa mãn: “Thật lợi đắc cho ta! Ta thật là trong sạch! “ Cũng vậy, này các Tỷ-kheo, Tỷ-kheo quán sát như vậy, được nhiều lợi ích trong các thiện pháp.”

「比丘們!如果比丘不是他心法門的熟練者,那時:『我將是自心法門的熟練者。』比丘們!你們應該這麼學。

「比丘們!比丘如何是自心法門的熟練者呢?比丘們!猶如年輕而喜歡裝飾的女子或男子,當在鏡中,或在遍淨、潔淨、清澈的水鉢中觀察自己的面貌時,在那裡,如果看見塵垢或污穢,他為塵垢或污穢的捨斷而努力。在那裡,如果沒看見塵垢或污穢,因為那樣,他變得悅意、意向圓滿:『這確實是我的獲得,我確實是乾淨的。』同樣的,比丘們!」

Large Billed Crow ©Ashin Sopāka 2017

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