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(特精)我姐姐往生了西方极乐世界

(2011-11-03 16:57:14)
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分类: 打七日记Outstanding-stories

(Outstanding Story)My Sister Reborn in the Pure Land of Ultimate Bliss

我是河北邯郸人,姓赵。我姐姐-赵增庆,退休在家看孙子,为一家人做饭操家务,是泼泼辣辣,任劳任怨的一种性格。她闻佛法已有几年,但是属于想起就念一会儿佛号,想不起就不念的那种。2008年底,姐姐大便有血,刚开始认为是痔疮就没在意,后来因为便血较重而去医院检查,结果诊断是结肠癌,于是立即手术。2008年12月,手术后医生说晚期扩散,生命在半年左右,回家后想吃啥就吃啥吧。

I’m surnamed Zhao, born in Handan City, Hebei Province. My sister, Zhao Zengqing, looked after grandson after her retirement. She was bold and vigorous and took care of all the housework for the family without any complaint. She had learnt about Buddhism for a few years but would only chant the name of Amita Buddha if she remembered from time to time. At the end of year 2008, she suffered from hemafecia which she mistook for hemorrhoid. Later it got worse and confirmed it was colon cancer after hospital checks so she underwent immediate surgery. In December 2008, the doctor announced that the cancer had already spreaded and reached the late stage which would only sustain her for another half a year. So she was brought home and told to eat whatever she wanted.

 

我有一位好友-马居士参加过地藏七道场的打七。姐姐出院后,也就是2009年2月中旬,在马居士的引导下,姐姐闻即信受。我与姐姐马上动身,在马居士陪同下,一起到地藏七北京道场参加了第10期的打七。当时,姐姐还是由他儿子护送去打七的,主七居士是波,每天晚上听他讲会儿课,受益匪浅。有幸见到了老师,经老师开示,很受鼓舞,还接受了老师一串佛珠,姐姐一直珍藏(现在我姐夫戴在手上)。打七结束回家,大家都说精神很好,像换了个人。之后一边化疗,一边按六部曲在家做功课,她坚信不移,每天最少-三忏,三经,散念阿弥陀佛圣号。姐夫每天也跟着拜忏,诵经,定期放生。姐姐与马居士还组织了一次按六部曲方法修行的共修。姐姐生日时,儿子问妈妈吃点啥,姐姐说什么也不想吃。儿子说那我去给你放生,姐姐非常高兴地说,好!生日那天姐姐儿子为她放生了好多泥鳅,甲鱼。总而言之,身体虽然虚弱,但还可以上街买菜,熬粥,姐姐是个只要能动就闲不住的人。

I have a good friend, a laywoman surnamed Ma who had attended the Earth Store Bodhisattva Recitation Session (Da-qi). After my sister was out of the hospital in February 2009, she believed the Earth Store Bodhisattva Recitation Session immediately after laywoman Ma introduced it to her. My sister and I left for it right away accompanied by laywoman Ma, who joined us in the 10th session of The Earth Store Bodhisattva Recitation Session in Beijing’s Way Place.  At that time, my sister was taken there by her son. Ran Bo was the host, we benefited massively from his instruction and discussion session which held every evening. We were fortunate enough to meet the Master who inspired us deeply. He even gave my sister a string of beads which she held to her heart (now is wore by my brother-in-law). After the Earth Store Bodhisattva Recitation Session, everyone said we looked full of spirits, like a different person. Afterwards, she kept on with her chemotherapy and daily Buddhist practice at home with full confidence. Every day, her minimum practice was one or three times of making full prostrations and three times of chanting the Sutra with intermittent chanting of the name of Amita Buddha. My brother-in-law also joined her in the daily practice and started freeing captive animals regularly. My sister and laywoman Ma also organised a group practice based on the six parts of cultivation. On her birthday, she also wanted nothing special to eat when her son asked. However she was happily agreed with her son when he offered to free a lot of captive loaches and turtles on her behalf. Altogether, although she was in a weak status, she was still very active and undertaken various chores including grocery shopping and cooking porridges at home.

 

2010年春节过后,也就是术后一年多点,家人带她到北京看病,回来后躺在床上不能起来,我们认为是累的,可再也没有起来。虽然身体无力,不能坐起来,但头脑非常清楚,非常坚信六部曲。在这期间,姐姐不能拜忏,不能诵经,姐夫每天早晨拜忏,姐姐跟着诵忏悔文,我也带领姐姐诵大忏悔文,没有想到姐姐竟然会背诵大忏悔文。这让我很感动,从心底里赞叹姐姐。姐姐身体虚弱,声音较低,诵完大忏悔文就手拿计数器默默地念阿弥陀佛圣号。只要有工友来看她,她就对人说,她好好念佛,忏悔自己。若病好,则更加精进念佛。若寿到,就到西方极乐世界去。临危不惧。并对我说:“我走后不要生气”。我问,你去哪里我生气?她说,西方极乐世界。我听后心里难受,难道姐姐与我在世间的日子尽了?但我还是做出面带微笑的样子对姐姐说,西方极乐世界我高兴还来不及呢!怎会生气呢?不要多想,好好念佛,咱们都到一个地方,西方极乐世界去。姐姐点点头,手按着计数器继续念佛。最后的几天日子,姐姐经常说要大地震,大地震。可是明明没有地震,她也不糊涂,于是我就问她是做梦地震了吧,她说不是梦,就是感觉要大地震。我和姐夫还嘀咕,这是啥意思呢?后来不在意就把此话放下了。

After the spring festival of 2010, which was slightly over one year after her surgery, my sister was taken to see the doctor in Beijing again. Afterwards she could no longer manage to get out of bed. We thought she was just tired but she didn’t recover after all. Although she lacked physical strengths and couldn’t sit up, her mind was very clear and her confidence and belief in the six parts of cultivation didn’t weaken at all. During that period, her physical condition didn’t allow her to make full prostrations or chant the Sutra so she could only read the Eighty-Eight Buddhas Repentance Ceremony while my brother-in-law made full prostrations every morning. I also helped her to read it. Surprisingly, she even managed to recite it. I was so touched and highly praised with her. She was so weak and could not speak loud and only recited it with her low voice. After finished it, she would silently chant the name of Amita Buddha by using the counter. If anyone came to visit her, she would advise them to chant the name of Amita Buddha and make repentance. She was determined to devote more diligently to Buddhism should she recover, and to be reborn in the Pure Land of Ultimate Bliss should her life end. She had no fear at all and even consoled me, “Don’t get angry after I go away.” I asked her, “Where do you go?” She said, “The Pure Land of Ultimate Bliss”. I was sad at hearing this, worried that she would pass away soon. I still tried to look happy in face of her and said, “Definitely I would be happy for you! You just keep on your Buddhist practice so that we will be able to meet in the same place there!” She nodded and continued to chant the name of Amita Buddha. In her last a few days, she often talked about a big earthquake repeatedly. No earthquake happened. So I asked her if it was in her dream. She said no, but she just felt a big earthquake would take place soon. My brother-in-law and I had no clue of its meaning before we forgot about it afterwards.

 

2010年5月9日,好友打电话说去永年参加观音菩萨寺院大雄宝殿奠基仪式,我说我也去,就一同去了。当天下午就在寺院,接到姐夫电话说,姐姐看着他们不说话。我当时意识就是姐姐不会说话了,立即与好多来的居士一起乘车赶回我姐姐家。看到姐姐手拿着计数器一直在按,这也鼓舞了全场的居士,大家一起助念阿弥陀佛圣号,昼夜不停,追顶念佛。5月11日上午,一位也去北京道场打过七的同修,拿着水果递给我,让我上供。有几位同修说,当我把最后一把香蕉刚刚摆好离手时,香炉里的香火花向上“砰”的一声喷出火花。在当天11点47分,姐姐停止了呼吸,惊奇的是,停止呼吸前,一位老师父为姐姐开示说,赵曾庆,你一定要不停地念阿弥陀佛圣号,迎着阿弥陀佛来接你,跟阿弥陀佛走。姐姐手不按计数器了,但嘴却发出了“阿。。。。。。阿”的声音,随着最后一个“阿”声停止,呼吸也停止了。她纹丝不动,面容平静慈祥,我就站在她身边,有几位师兄说,她是念着阿弥陀佛圣号活着走的。

On 9 May 2010, a good friend called me, inviting me to join her in going to Yongnian to attend the groundbreaking ceremony of the Buddha hall of Guanyin Temple. So I did. On that afternoon in the temple, my brother-in-law called me saying that my sister kept looking at them without a word. I realised that she could no longer talk. So I hurried back accompanied by a lot of laywomen and laymen. We arrived home to see that she was keeping pressing the counter with her hand, which inspired all of us. So we started chanting the name of Amita Buddha day and night without any stop. On the morning of 11 May, a fellow practitioner who had also attended the Earth Store Bodhisattva Recitation Session in Beijing handed me some fruits for me to serve as offering. A few fellows described that when I put down the last handful of bananas, a sparkle burst out up straight from the burning incense with a bang. At 11:47am that day, my sister gave out her last breath. Surprisingly, before she passed away, an elderly monk said to her, “You must keep chanting the name of Amita Buddha, whom you should follow”. Her hand stopped on the counter, but her mouth gave out sounds of “Ah…Ah…” With her last “Ah”, her last breath ended. She looked peaceful and kind when I stood beside her. Some fellows said that she was led away by Amita Buddha.

 

说也凑巧,姐姐前几天跟我说,临终叫助念团给她助念。就在9号,我去寺院的这天,助念团的团长也在,我有幸给他说了几句话,顺便也就说姐姐病重,有助念愿望。刚说完也就是几分钟,我就接到姐姐病情不好的电话,与助念团长打了个招呼,很多居士也一同跟我赶忙回姐姐家了。

It was such a coincidence that my sister asked me several days ago to arrange fellows to join her in chanting the name of Amita Buddha upon her last moment. On 9 May when I visited the temple, the leader of the chanting group happened to be there too. So I was fortunate to talk to him about her wish. Only a few minutes afterwards, I received my brother-in-law’s call, after which I briefed the leader about her status and managed to go sister’s home with a lot of laywomen and laymen.

 

好多人听说姐姐临终,家里来的人也就逐渐增多。当地的,外地的,好多都不认识,粗记一下,近百人。屋里屋外都是居士,助念的持续轮班,又一直为她念了26小时,在念的过程中,姐姐面容由慈祥平静转为微笑。使大家也精神愉悦,最使大家振奋的是我们穿衣时,全身柔软,扶她坐起盘腿,双手合十,各个关节灵活自如。原本瘦的皮包骨头干燥的双手变得丰满细腻。皮肤白皙有弹性,全身凉但头顶冒热气。在场助念的人都争着在姐姐的头顶试感觉,还有的人说闻到了香气,真是不可思议。我从来没听说过,更没有见过这样的事情,所以录了像。回想当时情景,在为姐姐助念中:姐姐的长子与长媳出去办事,在车里坐着,总觉得天空中有悦耳的念佛声。二儿媳看到佛像那有红光就去拿手机拍照,回来没有了,没有拍到。还有的助念的人看到从阿弥陀佛手托的莲花里一个一个的向外蹦小莲花。开始我看不到,突然间我也看到了,小莲花就像电视里的慢动作一样,从那个大莲花里出来。还有助念的人说莲花放光了,人多地小跪不下,人们都纷纷一个挨一个地站在阿弥陀佛挂像前大声地诵阿弥陀佛的圣号。更为奇妙的是我丈夫出差就是在我姐姐停止呼吸这天下午回来的。他给我打电话说正在火车上,快到邯郸了,我说下车直接到姐姐家。他知道姐姐病重,所以直接下车到姐姐家来了。进家看到这么多助念居士,他说他乘广州回邯郸的火车上,在卧铺上躺着,听见手机里发出众多人诵佛号的声音。因为手机里没有这种音乐,以为听错了,觉得奇怪就又躺下重新感受了下,结果还是听到同样的声音。他就拿起手机按启动键,一看时间是11点47分。我们在场的人听到都惊呆了,他刚进门不知道姐姐是11点47分走的,说的时间怎么这样巧合。

Many people heard about my sister’s status so more people came to visit her, totaling around 100 people, local or nonlocal. Her place was filled with fellow Buddhists, and we took shifts to chant the name of Amita Buddha nonstop for her for 26 hours. During that process, her face turned from a peaceful look to a smiling face. It was enlightening for us. What was more inspiring was that her body was so flexible and soft when we changed her clothes. We had no difficulty in sitting her up with her legs crossed or flexing all of her joints. Her skinny hands turned so smooth and delicate. Her skin also turned pale and flexible. Warmness sustained on her head last after her whole body turned cold. All of the fellows couldn’t help touching the warm air came out of her head to feel the miracle. Some even smelled of incense. It was all so incredible to me since I had never seen it before. So I filmed the process. In retrospect, while we were helping to chant the name of Amita Buddha for my sister, her eldest son and his wife was out. While they were sitting in the car, they heard in the skies the pleasant sound of chanting the name of Amita Buddha. The wife of her second son saw some red light around the figure of the Buddha so she tried to take a picture with her mobile but disappeared after. Some fellows saw little lotuses stemmed out from the lotus held in the hand of Amita Buddha in the figure. I didn’t see it in the beginning but then suddenly it showed itself to me. The little lotuses appeared from the big lotus like those in the slow motion mode on the TV. Many others said the lotus flashed with light. My sister’s place was not big enough to hold so many people so all of us stood shoulder by shoulder in front the figure of Amita Buddha while chanting the name of Amita Buddha. More surprisingly, my husband didn’t return from his business trip until the afternoon of her death. He called me to say that he was already on the train able to arrive at Handan soon. I told him to come directly to my sister’s home. He knew it was serious so he came right away and saw so many people were chanting the name of Amita Buddha. He said while he was lying on the train, he heard sounds of many people chanting the name of Amita Buddha from his mobile. However there was no such sound in his mobile, he thought it was his illusion. However, he still heard the same sounds after he lied down again. So he pressed the start button on the mobile and noticed the time was 11:47am. We were so astonished to hear this because he hadn’t known that was the exact time she passed away. What a coincidence.

 

奇迹的是在火葬的那天,来告别的人中,有些工友对姐姐的事呈现出这些瑞像只是听说但没有见识过,就向我提出是否再让姐姐向大家表一下法,我同意了。当我举起姐姐的手与大家再见时,天哪!姐姐手的肤色竟然呈现出粉色,指甲也是!跟活人肤色一样,我还有意看了一下自己的手,作一比较。当时在场告别的人都情不自禁地鼓起掌来。骨灰出炉前我们和火化师父说好在炉前等。当炉门一开,哇,我的感觉简直是未融化的雪山,骨灰洁白!觉得耀眼明光。有一居士说,晶莹剔透处简直是冰山雪莲。有一师父说看到了发光,我们大家都围了上去,头盖骨呈淡黄色,还有其他部位有湖蓝色,淡蓝色,耦荷色加上骨灰的白色共5种颜色,我们小声议论着数着颜色,看着火化师父往起捡骨灰。这时我听见有人喊我快拿起那朵花,那是舍利花,左肩骨还烧出一朵花来。我也不懂,我也不知道是与不是,就小心翼翼地拿起来一看,呀,像珊瑚,在场的还有一位年过七旬德高望重的退休张老师说骨灰出来时惊呆了。他看到的是一尊白色的坐佛从里面出来。他立刻大步跨进,首先看到那朵洁白如玉形似珊瑚的舍利花。总之出现好多让人振奋的瑞像。回想往生的情景,欢乐祥和,瑞像频频,这哪是办丧事,简直是在办喜事,这可真是办了一件大喜事啊!

The miracle was at its most upon the cremation. Some of her colleagues felt curious about her exceptional changes and would wish to see it with their own eyes. I agreed, so I held up the hand of my sister’s to say good bye to them. Astonishingly, her skin looks pink as well as her fingernails, just like that of a living person! I even compared it with my own hand. People couldn’t help applauding at such a miracle. I waited for her cremains by the ashes furnace. When the furnace opened, I felt as if it was an unmelted snow mountain --- snow-white and bright cremains! One of laywoman said it even resembled the snow lotus. A monk said he saw light in it. We looked closer to see five different colors in the cremains --- light yellow for the skull, and lake blue, light blue,pale pinkish grey, and white for the rest. While we were counting the colors, I heard people shouting at me to pick up a flower from it. Relics of a flower generated from her left shoulder bone! I had no idea whether it was true so I took a closer look after picking it up. A coral! A respectable retired teacher surnamed Zhang over 70 years old was astonished because he saw a white color sitting positioned Buddha appeared from the relics! So he stepped closer to clearly see the relics of a flower in the color of white and in the shape of coral. What an unbelievable spectacle! When I recalled the scene, it felt so pleasant and peaceful with a series of miracles happened. No sorrow at all. It was all about a happy event that we all witnessed!

 

火化当天下午我们意犹未尽,又到姐姐家追思,回忆姐姐的一生。房间整整一下午香气不断,真是沁人心扉,舒服极了。姐姐离开我已20多天了,回忆这段历程,刻骨铭心。好多同修说,姐姐临终前是在为大家表法,一心不乱,念阿弥陀佛圣号,往生净土,走得好。还有好多同修问,出现了这么多殊胜的瑞像,是按什么方法修的?我和姐夫心里明白,是地藏七的“六部曲”:吃素戒杀,诵经消业,忏悔解怨,放生还债,行善积福,念佛成佛的结果。使姐姐获益,自在往生,我和姐夫几次念叨我们可不能昧了按六部曲修行的功德啊!我们要说真话,实事求是,弘扬佛法,以报佛菩萨大恩,报龙天护法大恩,报天地鬼神大恩。

On the afternoon of the cremation, we returned to my sister’s home to reflect her whole life. The place was full of the smell of incense nonstop, which felt so pleasant. Now that she had left over 20 days, it still meant so touching and unforgettable for us. Many fellows felt that she was leading us by example that by chanting the name of Amita Buddha devotedly and continuously, one could go to the Pure Land of Amita Buddha peacefully. Many also asked what method she had used in her Buddhist practice before she made it a miracle. My brother-in-law and I know it’s the Six Parts of Cultivation of the Earth Store Bodhisattva Recitation Session: Being Vegetarian to Refrain From Killing, Chanting the Sutra to Eliminate Negative Karma, Repenting to Dissolve Grievances, Releasing and Protecting Livings to Repay Karmic Debts, Doing Good Deeds to Accumulate Merits, and Chanting Amita Buddha’s Name to Attain Buddhahood. All this had brought all the benefits to my sister. We both repeatly said that we should not be ignorant of all the benefits we received from practicing the six parts of cultivation! We should speak the truth and do in a factual and realistic style to promote and carry forward Buddhism in order to repay the gratitude by the Buddhas, Dharmapalas, and all ghosts and gods.

 

各位同修,我姐姐-赵曾庆的经历是最有力的例证,证明了地藏七的六部曲从消业到往生。我们算是看得见、摸得着,证实了六部曲这套极好的修行方法,为有缘人保驾护航,往生西方。

My sister- Zhao Zenqing’s experience is the most powerful example of the six parts of cultivation of the Earth Store Bodhisattva Recitation Session, which has the true benefit of eliminating our karmic debts and transferring us to the Pure Land of Ultimate Bliss. We were fortunate to witness and experience it; ourselves in proving this method is the best for all the fellow Buddhists, it protects and guides us to be reborn in the Pure Land of Ultimate Bliss.

 

南无阿弥陀佛 南无阿弥陀佛 南无阿弥陀佛

Namo Amita Buddha! Namo Amita Buddha! Namo Amita Buddha!

南无地藏王菩萨 南无地藏王菩萨 南无地藏王菩萨

Namo Earth Store Bodhisattva! Namo Earth Store Bodhisattva! Namo Earth Store Bodhisattva!

感恩顶礼地藏七 感恩顶礼地藏七 感恩顶礼地藏七

My reverence and gratitude to Earth Store Bodhisattva Recitation Session! My reverence and gratitude to Earth Store Bodhisattva Recitation Session! My reverence and gratitude to Earth Store Bodhisattva Recitation Session!

 

河北邯郸 赵居士(女)

Laywoman Zhao (Female), Handan City of Hebei

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