Christina N.(洛杉磯禪堂):遇見藥師佛 !


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遇見 藥師佛

─ Christina Nunez 的菩提禪修見證

( 撰文:Christina Nunez,  翻譯 & 攝影:Dawn T. )


2009年夏天,我坐在醫生的診所裡,看到一些列著各種非傳統醫療方法的雜誌,偶然發現了一篇關於菩提禪修的文章,描述著禪修對背部疼痛及憂鬱患者的幫助,這使我立即對菩提禪修感興趣。

       因為,我患有慢性背痛和抑鬱症已經很多年,曾嘗試過各種藥物、各類傳統及非傳統的醫療方式,甚至宗教方法,都沒有明顯效果,因此預定八月份做背部手術。我並沒有抱太大希望,只希望能有些許幫助,因為我近幾年來的生活,除了看各科醫生、接送 6歲的女兒上下學外,其餘時間我只能躺在床上。

       由於時間不湊巧,我一直未能如願參加菩提禪修課程。直到最近,我終於能夠順利參加 2010 9月為期8天半的健身班。第一天,我不知道自己能撐多久,而且,因為我從來沒有禪修的經驗,也不確定自己適不適合禪修。但是隨著課程的進展,我發現菩提禪修非常容易學習,而且這裡的每個人都那麼地溫暖和熱情。我很驚訝身體的疼痛及其它症狀這麼快得到改善,我感到精力充沛、心情平和,並能睡得安穩,這是我多年來一直夢寐以求而不可得的呀。

         第二天下課後,我留下來請兩位菩提禪修的老師幫我加持。加持過後,我感到多年的壓力和緊張減輕了許多。上了兩天課後,我6歲的女兒娜塔莉也注意到了我的變化。我和她分享菩提禪修,並告訴她,希望有一天她能和我一起去,但不能確定她是否可以持續集中注意力。我試著播放金菩提禪師唱誦的 CD給她聽,她居然能靜靜地盤坐15分鐘。我既驚訝又興奮。

         第四天下課時,一位負責翻譯的義工幫著我請觀海禪師幫忙加持背部的疼痛。禪師幫我加持後,還給了我加持的水和紙回家使用。那天晚上當我開車回家時,我覺得我的車被來自天上的光照亮了,而且我周圍的人都可以看到。

         第六天念佛時,藥師佛出現了在我面前。我像一個找了許久才找到家的孩子般向祂傾訴。祂慈悲地看著我,用雙臂擁抱我,並對我說:不要擔心,孩子,最重要的是,你現在已經來到這裡。作為一個墨西哥裔美國人,並且是個天主教徒,對我來說,這是一個非常意外而震撼的體驗。每次當我談到這個令人難以置信的經歷時,我的情緒依然是如我剛見到祂時一般激動。

         感謝菩提禪修,使我生活有了極大的轉變。僅僅兩個月,我又可以作我曾經喜歡卻因病而不得不放棄的許多活動。我發現我的整個世界都因此而改觀了,生命變得有希望,並值得期待了。現在,我知道我可以做一個好媽媽,我的女兒非常高興我又能夠和她一起參與各種戶外活動了。

        言語實在無法表達我對慈悲偉大的藥師佛、大愛無私的金菩提禪師最深切的感謝。另外,我也要感謝洛杉磯禪堂住持觀海禪師,以及所有的老師及義工同修們,特別是幫忙翻譯的義工們。謝謝您們無私的奉獻,沒有您們的幫助我的生活不可能有如此的改變,謝謝! 

深情和最深切的感謝,

Christina Nunez

Bodhi Meditation Testimony

by   Christina Nunez

 
During the summer of 2009, I was sitting in one of my many doctors offices and I came across a pile of magazines that listed various holistic and alternative medical approaches.  I stumbled upon an article about Puti Meditation listing benefits for individuals with back pain, depression etc.  I had been suffering from chronic back pain and depression for a few years and was scheduled for back surgery in late August 2009, so I was instantly interested.  At this point in my life, I had tried various medications, medical procedures, alternative medicines and religious sectors, so I figured what did I have to lose.  I was hopeful that I would receive  “minimal” relief from my chronic back pain and depression.  I had spent the last few years attending various doctor appointments, taking my 6 year old daughter to and from school, with the rest of my day spent in bed.

After two attempts and a year later, I was gratefully able to attend the 8 1/2-day Fitness Program in September 2010.  On the first day of the Fitness Program, I was not sure how long I would be able to endure the session and since I had no prior experience with meditation I was not so sure that I would be a good candidate.   As the days of the Fitness Program progressed I found that Puti Meditation was extremely easy to learn and to practice and everyone was so warm and welcoming.  I was amazed at how quickly I experienced relief from my pain and how my body was able to sit, stand and bend in ways that I had not been able to do for years.  I felt energetic, peaceful and was able to sleep soundly which I had also been unable to do for years.  My emotional state was transformed in a matter of days.

At the conclusion of my second day, I stayed behind to receive a blessing from two of Puti Meditation teachers which relieved much of the stress and tension that I had been experiencing.  After my second day, my six year old daughter Natalie noticed the difference in my demeanor and temperament.  I shared Puti Meditation with her and told her that someday I would like her to join me, but was unsure if she could stay focused.  I played one of Master JinBodhi’s chanting CDs for her and she said, “Look mommy, I can do it” as she sat in the Lotus position for 15 consecutive minutes.  I was surprised and excited about her “new found” ability.  At the conclusion of my fourth day, one of the disciples whom had befriended me, was my voice as we humbly asked Master Guan-Hai if he would help me with my back pain.  He graciously gave me instructions on how to proceed immediately, that night and the next morning before returning to the Fitness Program.  That night as I drove home, I felt that my car was being illuminated from the sky and that everyone around me could see this too.  I followed Master Guan-Hai’s instructions and the next day felt an overwhelming sense of peace, tranquility and well being.

On my sixth day, I had an extremely spiritual life-like encounter with the Medicine Buddha.  When He appeared to me, I told Him that I was sorry for taking so long to come to Puti Meditation.  I told Him that I was so grateful for the physical and emotional healing that I had received in such a short time.  I could see a deep compassion in His eyes, and could feel His arms embracing me as He said to me, “Don’t worry my child, what’s important is that you are here now”.  Being that I am American of Mexican descent and was raised in the Catholic religion, this was a very unexpected yet powerful experience for me.  Every time I speak about this incredible moment with Medicine Buddha I have to do everything I can to hold back the overwhelming emotion that I felt that first time I met Him.

Thanks to Puti Meditation my life has been dramatically transformed.  Just two month later, I have completed an eight-week exercise program something I thought I would never be able to participate in again.  I have now found a whole world of opportunities to look forward to.  I now know that I can and will be the Mother I have only dreamed of being. My daughter is extremely happy that we are able to participate in various activities outside the home, in fact when we stop for rest now she wonders why.  Words cannot express my overwhelming deeply emotional gratitude to the most compassionate Medicine Buddha, Mater JinBodhi for discovering Puti Meditation and his willingness to share with the world, and to Master Guan-Hai for his compassion, healing energy and for open to all regardless of  religious background or nationality.  I like to thank all of the wonderful interpreters who without their help my life would not have been so deeply touched.  Thanks to all the teachers, disciples and the entire Puti Medication family at the Alhambra Meditation Center and surrounding area centers.

Affectionately and with deepest gratitude,
Christina Nunez

 

 

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