My life begins at age 50

  Matsubara Taido is a master of Buddhism in Japan, born in 1907.

  At the age of 65, he published “Introduction to the Prajna Heart”, which became famous because of his subtlety. Since then, he has been unable to accept it. The four sides have lectured, opened a column, and launched new works every year. So far, more than 130 books have been written, which has become a miracle in the Japanese Buddhist community.

  The Japanese monk is different from us. Like Songyuan Taidao, he is the abbot of Longyuan Temple, but he can marry like a laity, have children, eat meat, drink alcohol, and enjoy life without any taboos. It turned out that Japan began to allow monks to marry from the Meiji era. At that time, all kinds of religions were unprecedentedly active, and the rules and regulations were cancelled.

  When asked about the achievements and achievements of Songyuan Taidao in this life, he said: “My life started from the age of 50. In my experience, 50 or 60 years old is the turning point in life, and life can be divided into two segments: 50 Before the age, it was the basic stage. At this stage, we often struggled to stay on the footsteps of society and support the family. Basically, we lived for others. After the age of 50, the economic foundation has been laid and the responsibilities have been completed. And create the most valuable stage of self.”

  In the book “My Tracks”, Song Yuantai said that what he asked for in his life was to “say words that others can understand and write words that others can understand.” In his long missionary and writing career, he realized the rules of “avenue to simplicity”.

  When Jane asked him, what is your secret of longevity? He smiled heartily: “Why is there a secret? I never knew that I could live for so long!” His longevity has no genetic factors. His mother died when he was 3 years old. His father died when he was 30 years old because of cerebral hemorrhage. . When he was a child, he was always sick. He was still sick and sick in his adulthood. He was so poor that he could not even qualify for the military. When he was in college, he also had a kidney disease and almost died of Huang Quan.

  As a result, Rizhen became more curious and further explored his habits.

  So, Matsubara Tae-Dong tells the details of his daily living and diet:

  I go to bed at 7 or 8 every night, get up at 3 am the next day, wake up to the Buddha statue, and lap through the legs for an hour. Even if ordinary people do not chanting, it is also good to learn to sit meditation. Meditation can deepen your thinking, sharpen your feelings and sharply, and feel the sound of nature.

  Start writing at 4 in the morning and eat breakfast at 7 o’clock. Breakfast is usually a soup, a dish and a bowl of porridge. Take a break after breakfast, then continue reading and writing. At 12 o’clock noon is lunch time, eat a bowl of udon noodles, and then continue to study in the fasting.

  Dinner at 5 o’clock in the evening, dinner is the most exquisite meal of the day, there are fish and meat, green vegetables, a cup of Japanese sake, or a small can of beer, and occasionally drink Chinese Shaoxing wine (very favorite).

  Drink a small glass of wine before going to bed at 7pm.

  Staying in the study all day, not exercising, not working in the ground, not eating health products, drinking and eating meat, the longevity of Songyuan Taidao seems incredible. Perhaps, only the spiritual basis can be used to find a basis for longevity. Sure enough, he said that he always valued the spiritual health law.

  Regarding the origin of the spiritual health law, he described three stories of personal experience:

  In that year, he got kidney disease and breathless, but he met a rare doctor. The doctor sincerely said to him: “Child, you are too depressed, your illness is largely caused by psychology. Can we come to a division of labor and cooperation: the disease outside is ruled by me, and the illness in your heart is up to you. Governance.” This warm hearted words inspired him, he began to build confidence and actively and optimistically cooperate with the treatment, kidney disease will soon be better.

  This rehabilitation gave him a strong revelation: mental health is the most important!

  Going to the field to give lectures, I went to a restaurant in the afternoon to have a lunch. There was a paper bag with chopsticks and toothpicks in the lunch box. I printed a lyric on it: “It’s hard, it’s hard, there’s a cry, there’s a laugh; the time is like the autumn wind. I rushed through and saw this one in my life.” At that time, there were three geishas performing these short songs, beautiful and sentimental. In the second year, he went to this place again and he could not see these three people, as the song said.

  He realized that everything is fleeting and that people should cherish the things they care for.

  In 1954, there was a temple in Hokkaido asking him to go to the lecture. Before the departure, the weather forecast typhoon landed, and the other party called to inform him not to board the ship. So he retired and transferred to another ship. Unexpectedly, the original class of the ship was attacked by the typhoon. The whole ship sank and killed 1,200 people. I heard that there was an American priest on the boat. He had a lifebuoy. When he saw a woman carrying a child but no lifebuoy, he gave his lifebuoy to a woman, and the woman and the child were rescued. He drowned.

  This tragedy shocked the soul. Since then, Songyuan Taidao felt that his life was given by others. He had to learn more and take less, give back to others, and “create a world of symbiosis with confession and giving heart.”

  His spiritual health law was formed in this way.

  The Spiritual Health Law also has a “three no principles”: not reluctant, not wasted, not lazy.

  Not reluctant, referring to things that are not high and far away, doing things out of the ordinary; not wasting, referring to cherishing time, cherishing things around, cherishing the goodwill of others; not lazy, referring to their own things can not let others do, regardless of age How big is it, you must continue to learn with enthusiasm. There is a monk named Baizhang in China who said that “do not do one day, not eat in one day”, which makes a lot of sense.

  I asked Rizhen what is the biggest feeling of this visit. Rizhen said two words: moved. why? She said that she thought that a centenarian would wither like a walnut shell. I didn’t expect Songtai Taidao’s face to be so moist and clear. His smile was as warm as the winter sun. There was a kind of symbiosis with all things. Happy and grateful.

  Recently, Songyuan Taidao is writing the last book, “Learning Death.” He said that death is like a clock that keeps walking, every second exists, maybe this is a book that can’t be written. What does it matter if you can’t finish writing? Life is always halfway through, and we just have to do our best to do every day, and we can’t do anything that can’t be done. His motto is: Lifelong learning, to the dead!