Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Auspicious Sutra 吉祥经


After coming back from a tiring overseas trip, I was elated when I received a package from a good friend living down south that includes a hand written sutra in elegant Chinese strokes that was given to her by a monk while visiting  China recently. It was also framed in my favourite imperial yellow colour. I was thinking, what an auspicious present to receive at the begining of this water snake year or is my friend is hinting something ?
Nicely up on a corner at home.

The sutra is called “Auspicious Sutra”, 吉祥经 and I would like to take this opportunity to share this sutra with readers of this blog. From the sutra:

如是我闻,一时,佛住舍卫祗陀园给孤独精舍。时已深夜,有一天神殊胜光明遍照园中,来至佛所,恭敬礼拜,站立一旁,以偈白佛言:“众天神与人,渴望得利益,思虑求幸福,请求最吉祥?”世尊如是答言:

  “勿近愚痴人,应与智者交,尊敬有德者,是为最吉祥
      居住适宜处,往昔有德行,置身于正道,是为最吉祥
      多闻工艺精,严持诸禁戒,言谈悦人心,是为最吉祥

             奉养父母亲,爱护妻与子,从业要无害,是为最吉祥
      布施好品德,帮助众亲眷,行为无瑕疵,是为最吉祥
     
      邪行须禁止,克己不饮酒,美德坚不移,是为最吉祥

      恭敬与谦让,知足并感恩,及时闻教法,是为最吉祥
     
      忍耐与顺从,得见众沙门,适时论信仰,是为最吉祥

      自治净生活,领悟八正道,实证涅磐法,是为最吉祥

            八风不动心,无忧无污染,宁静无烦恼,是为最吉祥
     依此行持者,无往而不胜,一切处得福,是为最吉祥"

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