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  • A Happy Carpenter

    Published:2015/02/16 Volunteers Read:425

    In DAMI Buddha hall, people can see a busy man very often. He used his hands made a lot of tables, chairs, and other useful things.

    在大密纽约佛堂,经常能看到一个忙碌的身影,划线、锯木头、刨板、拼装……做出了各种各样的支架、木刻字、桌凳、柜子、宣传栏等,木器的做工也日趋精巧。

    这位时常忙碌的木匠就是义工夏居士,他利用自己的业余时间,一年多来利用废旧木料制作了很多木制器具,为僧众们的学习提供了很多方便。一件件木器,也越做越实用,越做越精致。

    (夏居士的部分木工作品)

    夏居士之前从来没有做过木工,他是律师出身,但他有这个心愿,用自己的双手来为大家服务。没有木工基础不要紧,只要有这份心意和恒心,就会得到师父的指导,一定能做好。师父早年在基层劳动,积累了大量的实用技能和经验,佛堂建筑的改造、装修和装饰,都是师父提前规划设计的,独具匠心,处处体现出实用和庄严。

    在师父手把手的指导下,夏居士不怕难,不怕累,不避寒暑,一件件器具陆续成形了:大鞋架又宽又高,至少能容纳一百多双鞋子;两个放海青的大木架,分男女二部,每个格子都贴上了僧友们的姓名,以方便使用;用于挂放外套的大木架;来客登记的方形木桌;集体就餐的长木餐桌;放孩子们学习书籍的书架和书柜;张贴学佛心得的宣传栏;门廊四周坚实致密的木墙;支撑和悬挂法器的木架……

    看到这些木器,我们似乎看到了一个修行人的成长故事。进了这个门,只要有诚意,师父是一定会教你。有了师父的指导,自己用心去做,一个从未动过斧头锯子的人,成长为一个技艺娴熟的木工。

    劳动也是修行,在纽约这样的现代都市,没有条件像传统的丛林那样每日出坡劳动,但我们也可以“一日不做,一日不食”,师父也想方设法在给僧众们创造这样的“功德田”。僧众的衣食住行,佛堂的日值洒扫,后院的翠柏花草,大密欢乐家园孩子的教育,大密接引有缘大众的网络窗口,大众学佛感悟的整理……我们就像一个大家庭,这些工作都需要大家一起去努力,大密也还有很多像夏居士这样的义工,在实践大密的宗旨,在劳动中修行,成就自己。

    (李居士报道)

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