適當的節制 Right Restrain
文/ 阿姜 查 禪師
…restrain and be cautious about the six sense faculties of the eye
seeing forms, the ear hearing sounds, and so forth. This is what we are
constantly teaching about in so many different ways. It always comes
back to this. But to be truthful with ourselves, are we really aware of
what goes on?
When the eye sees something, does delight come about? Do we really
investigate? If we investigate, we will know that it is just this
delight that is the cause for suffering to be born. Aversion is the
cause for suffering to be born. These two reactions actually have the
same value. When they occur, we can see the fault of them. If there is
delight, it is merely delight. If there is aversion, it is merely
aversion. This is the way to quell them.
For example, we attach special importance to the head. From the time we
are born, in this society, we learn that the head is something of the
utmost significance. If anyone touches it or hits it, we are ready to
die. If we are slapped on other parts of our body, it’s no big deal,
but we give this special importance to the head, and we will get really
angry if anyone slaps it.
It's the same with the senses. Sexual intercourse excites the minds of
people, but it really isn’t different from sticking a finger in your
nostril. Would that mean anything special to you? But worldly beings
have this attachment to the other entrance; whether it is animals or
humans, it has special importance to them. If it were a finger picking a
nostril, they wouldn’t get excited over that. But the sight of this one
Why is this? This is where becoming is. If we don’t attach special
importance to it, then it’s just the same as putting a finger in your
nostril. Whatever happened inside, you wouldn’t get excited; you’d
just pull out some snot and be done with it.
But how far is your thinking from such a perception? The ordinary,
natural truth of the matter is just like this. Seeing in this way, we
aren’t creating any becoming, and without becoming there won’t be a
birth—there won’t be happiness or suffering over it, there won’t be
delight coming about. There is no grasping attachment when we realize
this place for what it is.
But worldly beings want to put something there. That’s what they like.
They want to work in the dirty place. Working in a clean place is not
interesting, but they rush to work in this place. And they don't even
have to be paid to do it!
Please look at this. It’s just a conventional reality that people are