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最好的供養_宗薩欽哲仁波切的來函

Published on 27 September 2016

The best offering we can make to the Buddhas and their teachers is to put the Dharma into practice. So it has been said by previous masters.

往昔的大師們說:「實修教法是對諸佛及上師們最好的供養。」

 

I know you are all very dedicated and generous, but I request that you do not give me personal gifts of any type during the coming events around the world.

我知道你們都很虔誠、慷慨,但我請求你們在世界各地即將舉辦的活動中,不要再送我任何類型的私人禮物。

 

In keeping with the tradition of making offerings, if you insist on making offerings, then please support Khyentse Foundation and 84000. Both of these represent my aspirations and wishes.

為了保持供養的傳統,若你仍堅持供養,那麼請護持「欽哲基金會」和「八萬四千」。這兩個機構代表我的發願和願望。

 

It also troubles me when offerings get wasted, as often happens. In recent times, people have given me more than 20 coffee makers of all sorts, and so many different vitamins that I couldn’t possibly finish before their expirations dates, even if I were to start this minute. In any case, I have disciplined myself to take only those vitamins that my personal doctor has prescribed. And there are so many chocolates and Chinese teas that we end up either using in haste or storing in a place where they often pile up unused and eventually get damaged. In fact, some stuff takes up so much room that I don’t have space to store it and, since I travel a lot, I can’t carry it with me. These are just a few examples of how I feel unable to respect and appreciate such gifts properly.

當供養的禮物被浪費了,這也讓我感到苦惱,而那種情況經常發生。就在最近,我收到二十個不同類型的咖啡壺,以及許多維他命,就算我此刻就開始吃,也不可能在期限之內全部吃完。無論如何,我已規定自己只服用醫生所指定的維他命。我也收到非常多的茶和巧克力,最後我不是匆忙地食用,就是存放在某個地方,常常堆著沒吃,最後就壞了。事實上,有些東西太佔空間,我沒有地方存放;而且因為我常旅行,所以不能隨身攜帶。這只是一些例子,說明我無法好好地尊重和享用像這樣的禮物。

 

But there are many good ways you can make offerings. Aside from practicing the Dharma and supporting Khyentse Foundation and 84000, you can offer candles, water, and incense in your own homes. At times of holy land pilgrimages or pujas that I do, you can just make offerings of whatever is needed during that puja, and so on.

但我們有很多好的供養方式。除了修持佛法及護持「欽哲基金會」和「八萬四千」之外,你們也可以在家裡供燈、供水、供香。有時也可以在朝聖途中或在我的法會上,供養法會所需,諸如此類。

 

I am sorry to be a bit rude in this letter, but please understand that it comes from really wanting to appreciate and not waste your gift, so that it goes into something truly beneficial.

抱歉,這封信有點失禮,但請你們了解,這是出於我非常希望能珍視而非浪費你們的禮物,好讓事情變成真正有益。

 

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse

宗薩蔣揚欽哲