法音鼓動 

末學是大陸廣東中山大學來法鼓佛教學院交換學習的碩士研究生,雖不是這裡的正式學員,然而在此受益良多,請允許我在此做一分享。

首先是佛教學院的環境。由於佛教學院是法鼓山的一部份,所以大環境十分的安寧平靜,然而如果因為這份安靜而以為這裡是深山野林則大錯特錯了。學院各方面的設備十分齊全且先進,圖書、電子資訊、投影儀、電腦與無線網路等配備使我為之讚嘆,心裡琢磨著“這條件也太好了”,與此前僧人以及佛學院在我心中的印象簡單純樸的形象大相徑庭。因為據我所知,大陸没有哪所大學可以有如此好的條件(不知道大陸的佛教學院的條件如何)。不過轉念一想,爲了求學求佛道,如果能有更高效率的方法,又何必執著于簡樸呢!

接下來是課堂上的學習氛圍。學院的老師優秀而各有特色,無論學生是屬於以傾聽學習還是以討論發言、以偏學術或者偏信仰為面向的,都可以找到與自己相應的老師。在阿含導論的課上,聽楊郁文老師一連四節課深入淺出的嚴密分析與娓娓道來,頓覺醍醐灌體、法喜充滿。正念學研究課程裡,溫宗堃老師與我們分享將佛法(禪修)與科學結合的最新研究成果,讓我們增長見識的同時體會入世度化的情懷。鄧偉仁老師的漢傳佛教史專題研究,會讓你在許多有意思的問題裡不斷探索,通過與老師同學的討論激發思想的源泉,不斷進步。在中國淨土思想研究和漢傳禪學的課程裡,在果鏡法師的帶領下深入經藏,討論與分享古文佛典中蘊含的無盡意味,旁徵博引以證明自己理解是否正確的同時,對佛法有更深更廣的感悟,而且時常因為課時所限,討論與分享的熱情需要到課後與同學繼續切磋才能得以抒發。而在我們以各種方式學習的時候,校長惠敏法師的教學會讓我們反思,所過掌握原典語言,那我們的理解是否正確?有正確的理解能不能有適當的創新?篇幅與精力所限,我這裡只例舉了幾位老師,其餘的相信同學們進來學習後,對他們這些善知識一定會有所體會與崇敬。

學無止境,在佛教學院的學習遠不止于課上。由課堂學習引發的一些問題,可以讓我們在課餘時間利用圖資館幫忙解疑。而除了這些以“書本”形式出現的學習,我們還可以通過行門課程的實修,從“文字般若”證入“實相般若”。

除了以上提及的兩種學習形式,其實還有第三種,即在日常生活中體會。無論是走路說話吃飯還是出坡,只要能靜下心來,用心體會,就能發現真的無處不是知識,處處都是智慧。法不一定要用嘴說,亦非只有耳朵可聞。置身于法鼓山中,誇張一點說,猶有一種進入西方極樂淨土,一花一草一鳥一獸皆在令法音宣流的感覺。

作為一名交換生,由於不是正式編制的學生,也許在感受上會有不同,比如我感受到的課業壓力沒有正式編制的同學重。然而在我們找這些理由的時候,同樣有法師與同學們以言傳與身教說明,課業也非一定會有壓力,學習能有無盡的快樂。

法鼓山法音鼓動,讓我為之振奮鼓動,也鼓動我起心動念:“可以的話,我來這裡讀博士吧!”

感恩三寶!感恩聖嚴師父!感恩所有成就法鼓山的僧俗四眾!

 

鍾澤豐

廣東中山大學碩士二年級交換生

‘Enlightenment’

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire”

~William Butler Yeats

Please give me a few minutes to share with you my life as a student in Dharma Drum Buddhist College (DDBC). I am Malaysian, so it took about 5 hours of flight to reach Taiwan from Malaysia. So you may wonder, why did I come to study here? Why do not apply for a Buddhist College in my own country? The reason is very simple, because of the great facilities here, the wonderful environment, the highly qualified and knowledgeable teachers, a prefect course plan, etc. Those things all convinced me of choosing this college to study Buddhist Studies. Moreover, DDBC is unlike colleges you may find elsewhere. It combines Buddhist Studies and the practice of Dharma in daily life, such as meditation, chanting, humanitarian activities, etc. All these activities give us an opportunity to apply what we learn in the classroom. In this way, education in DDBC is not just about filling us with theoretical knowledge but also emphasizes the learning progress and provides us with a space to develop wisdom and a deeper understanding of what we have learned. Thus, I believe that after going through the program at DDBC, we will acquire the ability to face and overcome any problems and sufferings in our lives. In contrast, other colleges may only focus on the academic aspect and ignore inner cultivation. Indeed the burden of classes and homework may generate stress for many students, and might influence their physical and mental health. As a result, many of them won’t be able to complete their studies in good conditions. So I believe that coming here was a very wise decision.

Furthermore, you will learn several other languages which are rarely found in other colleges. Those languages are Sanskrit, Pali, Japanese and Tibetan. Learning these languages helps us understand the old Buddhist scriptures, which is essential if we wish to get a clear picture of the Buddha’s teaching, as well as guide our Buddhist practice. Besides that, DDBC also provides several courses for us to learn how to write a proper thesis. Those techniques will be useful in our future studies and can help us learn how to deliver speeches in public. Other than that, DDBC also has a Buddhist Informatics group, which had become more and more important in recent years. In short, DDBC gives us a great environment for us to learn many skills which will benefit us personally as well as help people around us.

As a conclusion, I would like to share with everyone Master Sheng Yen’s conception of education. Here I will quote one of Master’s adages: “Education is an undertaking that will have an impact for a thousand years; morality is a star that will shine for a hundred generations”. So I hope you won’t miss the chances to study in DDBC.

釋覺宏

碩士班二年級