法王新闻 | 2009年12月

〈點燈祈願晚會〉特別報導

地點:印度 菩提迦耶 金剛座
時間:2009年12月31日晚上7:00
報導:黃靖雅
攝影:噶瑪諾布、班瑪歐色多傑、鄭履中

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上萬盞燭光亮起,唱完「點燈祈願文」,大家,包括法王,還是忍不住說:

「Happy New Year!」,所以今晚還是變成「噶舉跨年晚會」了!

這不是跨年晚會。但在聖地菩提迦耶,十五的滿月在天,正覺大塔金剛座前,一片月光如水,這一切,宛如佛陀即將證悟那天晚上。上萬盞燭光亮起,唱完「點燈祈願文」,大家,包括法王噶瑪巴,還是忍不住說:「新年快樂,Happy New Year!」,所以今晚,還是變成「噶舉跨年晚會」了!

這是噶舉大祈願法會的傳統,圓滿日,一定是藏傳相信「功德將呈無數倍增長」的月圓之日,而圓滿日的「點燈祈願法會」,也因為它一向的美麗、感人,而成為真正是萬眾期待的重頭戲。傍晚,才六點多,整個大塔已經擠得水洩不通,大家早就在各處安坐,有些人根本是5:00第四座法結束後就不肯離開,待在原地,等待「點燈祈願法會」上場。

7:20,法王噶瑪巴扺達會場,並親自擔任主持人,宣布今晚第一個節目上場,前三個節目並未上台,在法王座側進行,依序如下:

一,巴利文《隨念三寶經》:由來自泰國的比丘僧眾唱頌。 

二,梵文「三常誦」(三皈依),由法會常任維那師白戛瑪引領大眾唱頌。

三,〈觀音修持儀軌〉,由白戛瑪引領大眾唱頌。

接著,以側門階梯為舞台,配合背後的投影幕,以powerpoint播放法會期間各項活動照片,各國演唱團體一一上場:

四,韓文唱頌:由14位韓國男女眾法師,以傳統梵唱方式唱頌。

五,越南文唱頌:由八位越南男眾法師,手持木魚、引磬等法器唱頌。

六,中文〈啟告十方〉:由八位法師手捧蓮花,六位在家眾持花,配合音樂家張中立編曲、吹奏的配樂,和聲優美地進行,最後還拋撒亮片,引起一片驚喜。

七,英文〈世界啊〉:由英國僧眾噶瑪確佩領導的「英語團」,一向以教堂式美聲取勝,今年不例外,有兩位出家男女眾,加上14位在家法友,陣容不小。首先由兩位女高聲輪唱,一出聲就美麗得震懾全場,接著在吉他伴唱下,和聲優美地唱頌法王著作的祈願文〈世界啊〉英文版。

九,藏文〈三寶歌〉:由「藏族學校」9位男生、10位女生演唱,是今年最年輕的一團,全部不超過二十歲,以青春勝出,以乾淨、朝陽般的聲音,唱出〈三寶歌〉,十分感人。

十,合唱〈點燈祈願文〉:全體演唱人員上場,先唱藏文,再唱中文,後唱英文。在唱藏文之前,法王先引導大眾念誦「點燈祈願文」之發願文,至咒語時,由法王點亮第一盞燈,往下傳給各大仁波切,再紛紛傳給現場每一個人,到全體唱頌時,上萬盞燭光,已經像地上星光,照亮了每張虔敬祈願的臉。

In the evening, supremely kind master and disciples met one last time by the bodhi tree for the last session of the day, Marme Monlam the song offering and Lamp Prayer. During this final event of this eight-day festival of prayers, blessings, teachings and the inspiration of aspiring in one voice to enlightenment for all beings, chants were offered in Pali, Sanskrit, Tibetan, Korean and Vietnamese, and rousing choral performances in Chinese and English.

His Holiness lit a flame that was then passed, person to person, until everyone present held a softly glowing light to offer the buddhas—as if this entire international community of practitioners were transferring to others the love and blessings radiating from His Holiness, each giving to the next without losing anything themselves in the process. With this most appropriate act, the vast assembly was bathed in the gentle candlelight, the Lamp Prayer was sung and the 27th Kagyu Monlam drew to its beautiful close.

As the crowd dispersed into the shadowy Bodhgaya night, the long process of carrying His Holiness’ blessings and the transformative beauty of his teachings out into the world and into the New Year had begun.