MASTER SHEN-LONG | Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 10
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Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 10

Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 10

(Last week we ended with, “One is material things, and the other is spiritual things; so, you are afraid.” )

 

The Sixth Patriarch Hui-Neng, does he have any fears?

No more phenomena of “birth, aging, sickness or death”; he has nothing to fear.

How did he achieve it?

I repeat this again: His mind is not bound by any tie, so his mid initiated naturally and uses freely, regarding to all matters without attachment.

It is uneasy for us to achieve, it is extremely difficult especially for the modern generation.

How can we be without any attachments?

I need to apply for a job to make a living, “Do I not need to apply for work? Do I not need to look for a job?  I need to earn money.”

It all initiates from “I”, but the Sixth Patriarch has removed this “I”.

All of you think about it, after the removal of “I”, what is the “true I”?

The “true I” is a phenomenon of being the master of one’s self, it is to have perfect insight of being the master of one’s self.

The meaning of having perfect insight,is when all phenomena are under your scope of observation without hindrance.

To have perfect insightto explore and study Dhyana (Zen) is the same way. It is to be absent of the mind, idea, and consciousness; then you undergo an experience of what is the state of being unbound by any tie. This is called “exploring and studying Dhyana (Zen)”.

If your mind does not fully understand the theories and methods of Buddhism, to practice cultivation is wasted. The theory stated from the Diamond Sutra:

All conditioned phenomena are unreal and false. 

What is unreal and false? Everything is phenomena and all does not last.

Then what lasts? Being without attachment, delusional thought and discrimination. Letting go of all afflictions and worries, your body and mind recovereding pureness, equality, enlightenment and compassion; This is real. This is the “I”, my true-self. The external “I” is the unreal “I”.

Why? This body of ours is an unreal body, it will spoil. Let alone waiting until death to cremate and burn it off or rot. It is deteriorating now, the metabolism of our cells works around the clock, trying to make it stop and it will not stop. But one who has seen the true facts of the universe, or the person who has truly let go; their cells no longer have variation. Strangely, our body flesh will gradually become transparent.

Why does it become transparent? Because the germs inside do not have attachment.

All of you need to think, do you know why germs no longer have attachment?

It is because your notion of thinking has not pressured them to do things they do not want to do. Through the ages, no one has illustrated this clearly.

Why? Because that terminology had not been established yet unlike now.

You know the Sixth Patriarch’s enlightened eyesight can clearly see what the germs look like; but there was not any specific term to describe it.

Why? There was no terminology for it. Buddha states in one of his descriptions as “micro dust” which means “delicate dust or delicate micro-organisms” referring to germs.

When your body and mind let go and becomes unrestrained, germs and cells relax accordingly. After relaxing, amazingly there is no more sickness.

Why? Its abnormality has ceased. After the abnormality is gone, the phenomena of aging and sickness no longer exist.

In fact, if the spirit of the Sixth Patriarch had not left his body, the spirit would keep until now. Just like Shakyamuni Buddha, if his energy left his body he would not enter Nirvana. If it did not leave, he would continuously be.

Why did he leave then? Because he complies with mankind’s general belief that all people are supposed to die eventually. Therefore, he displays the same way as we are.

Why? If his performance is too extraordinary, then other people will say, “You are Buddha, the difference with us is too wide. It is no way for us practice cultivation like you.” So, he demonstrates the same as we are.

There are many intelligence beings in the universe beyond the earth who come to our world, but we have no awareness of them.

Why are we not aware? Because, they look the same as we do.

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(一)     無住和四智

(上星期講到:遇到很多事情覺得很恐怖,為什麼恐怖?怕失去:(一) 怕失去生命。(二) 怕失去你心裡面最執著的東西。一個是物質,一個是精神,你怕。)

六祖惠能大師,他怕不怕?生老病死沒有,他怕什麼。

他怎麼達到的?

再跟各位講一遍,他是「無住生心」,對於一切事不執著。

這個難, 對我們而言;尤其對我們現代人太難。

怎麼對一切事不執著?我要工作,要不要申請工作?要不要找工作?我要賺錢。

一切都是從「我」出發,可是六祖把「我」拿掉了。

各位想一想,「我」如果拿掉了,什麼是「真我」?「真我」就是自在的現象,就是「觀自在」。

「觀」的意思是:一切現象都在我觀察的範圍之內而沒有障礙。

「觀」跟「參禪」那個「參」是一樣,是不用心、不用意、不用識,然後你去體驗什麼叫作「無住」,這叫「參禪」。

基本上,如果你心裡面不了解佛教的理論、方法,修行是白修了。

理論是「一切相皆是虛妄」,這《金剛經》講的。

什麼叫虛妄?一切都是現象,都不長久的。

那什麼是長久的?不執著、不妄想、不分別;放下煩惱、放下憂慮後,身心恢復清淨、平等、覺悟、慈悲,是真的。這個是我,是「真我」。我們外面這個我是「假我」。

為什麼?我們這個身,是「假身」,會壞。不要說以後死了要火化燒掉、腐爛﹔現在就會壞,細胞新陳代謝分分秒秒,想叫它停,它都不會停。可是見到宇宙真相的人,真的放下看破的人,細胞不變化了。我們身上的肉,怪了,慢慢變成透明的。

為什麼透明?因為細菌也不執著。

各位想想,細菌不執著了,你知道為什麼?因為你的思想觀念沒有壓迫它去做它不願意做的事。歷代都沒有把這事情講清楚。

為什麼?因為那個「名詞」還沒有生出來,不像現在。

你知道六祖,他那覺悟的眼力的那個觀察,細菌長什麼樣子,他一清二楚,說不出來而已。

為什麼?沒有名詞可以說。所以佛講過叫「微塵」,微妙的那個灰塵。「微塵」,非常細微的那種生物,就是細菌。

你身心如果放下自在,那個細菌跟細胞輕鬆了,輕鬆了以後,奇怪,不會病了。

為什麼?它就不變態。不變態以後,老跟病的現象就沒有了。

實際上,如果六祖靈體不離開他身體的話,這個靈體會一直保持到現在。就像釋迦牟尼佛,如果釋迦牟尼佛不滅度;「滅度」就是他身上的能量離開身體。如果不離開,一直到現在。

那他為什麼要離開?因為他隨順我們人間,每個人都要死;所以他才表示跟我們一樣。

為什麼?他表現太特殊了,人家講: 你是佛,跟我們差別很大,我們沒有辦法修。他是示現跟我們一模一樣。

就像我們這世界有很多外星人來我們人間,我們都不知道。

為什麼不知道?因為他跟我們一樣。

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