“Walk Beside Me” with Éabha McMahon’s contralto voice

“Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.” by Albert Camus, French philosopher

Listening to Éabha McMahon’s contralto voice, I want to cry with “Walk Beside Me” (Live In Concert From The Round Room At The Mansion House, Dublin, Ireland).  Éabha (pronounced AY-va) is with The Celtic Woman ensemble in this recording.  Quote: “… song was written by Mutt Lange.  Based on a quote by Albert Camus, French philosopher “Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.””

For the video, click the following link: Walk Beside Me (Live In Concert From The Round Room At The Mansion House, Dublin, Ireland)

Éabha McMahon.jpegVideo of “Walk Beside Me” by Éabha McMahon

Lyrics quote from Lyrics of Walk Beside Me

“Walk Beside Me”

A child begins with one single step
Then walks a million miles
And though these wings are not ready yet
I will try to fly

My eyes can’t see
My arms can’t reach
I need strength when I’m weak
I need your faith in me

Don’t walk in front of me
I was not born to follow
Don’t walk behind me
We were all born to lead
Don’t walk without me
I might need you tomorrow

Walk right beside me
Be the real friend I need

If you take small stones, one at a time
You will move that whole mountain
If you climb each rainbow, its gold that you’ll find
And shelter from the rain

My ears can’t hear
My heart can’t feel
I need strength when I’m weak
I need your faith in me

Don’t walk in front of me
I was not born to follow
Don’t walk behind me
We were all born to lead
Don’t walk without me
I might need you tomorrow

Walk right beside me
Be the real friend I need

參禪五心 (Practice Zen)

I believe that my school of Buddhism (Fo Guang Shan) might mainly evolve from Zen (漢傳佛教術語,原為禪那巴利語bhavana吠陀梵語Dhyāna)的簡稱,為「三無漏學」與六度之一。 Source: 禪 (Zen)).  I haven’t really wanted to sit down (to meditate) and practice Zen.  I read an article in traditional Chinese, 參禪五心, and find it gives me a practical way of practicing Zen. I quote the entire article here.

Short quote:

「參禪五心」,可以讓我們體會。

第一、要用大心來參禪: 心量愈是廣大,禪心愈能被發掘出來,有了逍遙安忍的大心量,則凡事就能隨緣自在了。

第二、要用老心來參禪: 關心諸事,處處幫助別人,時時關心他人,讓人歡喜,會與禪心相應。

第三、要用喜心來參禪: 「禪悅法喜」,我們要從法喜裡探討禪心,在愉快中參禪,能得到禪悅法喜,自然流露,才是真修行。

第四、要用愛心來參禪: 真正的禪者,他對於一草一木,甚至是一張桌子、一張椅子,都是愛惜有加;無論男女老少,他都是尊重接受的。有了愛心,能與禪心相應,消除一切怨恨,能懷著愛心來對待世間一切…

第五、要用捨心來參禪: 參禪修道要用捨心,以平常心面對生活中的是是非非,讓身心放下才能輕鬆看淡。

Entire article:

參禪五心
【作者:佛光山開山星雲大師】 2016-10-05

生活中要有一點禪意,才會幽默,才會開朗。禪,不是佛教所專有,禪,是我們人人本具的真心自性,它不是出生後才有,而是「亙古今而不變,歷萬劫而常新」。但是一般人卻忽略了內在的寶藏,不斷追求外在事物的滿足,實在是反其道而行。怎麼參出禪意呢?參禪要用五種心:

第一、要用大心來參禪:禪者以天地為心,真正的禪者,要有「宇宙就是我心,我心就是宇宙」的廣大心。大心就是菩薩心,能包容一切萬物,與萬物融為一體;心量愈是廣大,禪心愈能被發掘出來,有了逍遙安忍的大心量,則凡事就能隨緣自在了。

第二、要用老心來參禪:人人都有一顆「老心」,老心就是所謂的「老婆心切」。參禪要用老婆心來參,關心諸事,處處幫助別人,時時關心他人,讓人歡喜,會與禪心相應。因此,在生活中,把握住這種護念有情的老心,眼睛所見、耳朵所聽都會有禪意了。

第三、要用喜心來參禪:參禪不能以悲苦的心來參究,參禪是一種自然的、歡喜的事情。參禪參到你腿子一盤,歡喜心立刻就生起,腿子一盤,天地都浮現在你的眼前,所謂「禪悅法喜」,我們要從法喜裡探討禪心,在愉快中參禪,能得到禪悅法喜,自然流露,才是真修行。

第四、要用愛心來參禪:有愛,心會柔軟,有愛,心會細緻。真正的禪者,他對於一草一木,甚至是一張桌子、一張椅子,都是愛惜有加;無論男女老少,他都是尊重接受的。有了愛心,能與禪心相應,消除一切怨恨,能懷著愛心來對待世間一切,生活是快樂的,世界也是美麗的,當下娑婆就是淨土。因此,要用愛心來參禪。

第五、要用捨心來參禪:有了捨心,對個人擁有,不會罣礙太多,對外在一切,不會太過計較。捨心一起禪心就顯現了,道在生活裡也會自然呈現。因此,參禪修道要用捨心,以平常心面對生活中的是是非非,讓身心放下才能輕鬆看淡。參禪不需要選擇什麼好地方,看什麼好時辰,生活中到處都有禪,就看個人的用心了。以上「參禪五心」,可以讓我們體會。

第一、要用大心來參禪。

第二、要用老心來參禪。

第三、要用喜心來參禪。

第四、要用愛心來參禪。

第五、要用捨心來參禪。