MASTER SHEN-LONG | Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 11
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Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 11

Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 11

(Last week we ended with, “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.”)

 

This so-called “intelligence being in the universe beyond the earth”, is precisely advanced science and technology.

Speaking of science and technology, what is high technology? It is having no attachments in mind, one can transform to whatever one wants to be. Furthermore, that transformation turns into benefiting all living beings. One will not act for oneself because one’s greed has already ceased.

Just like Amitabha building the Bliss World, how did he build it? He builds it with power of mindfulness.

How do we build our world? It was built brick by brick gradually, by delusional thoughts and attachments.

Amitabha builds the Blissed World not for his own usage, it is for the use of all living beings.

How to use? He is hoping that you go to an undefiled environment to recover your pure fundamental essence; it is as simple as that.

He uses his power of mindfulness. What sort of power of mindfulness? Infinite compassion and infinite mercy. He uses this power of mindfulness which exists the no-self “I”, and there only exists the “infinite I” and not the limited “I”.

If your mind expands gradually, after your mind capacity becomes more and more wide, your phenomena of “birth, aging, sickness and death” does not exist. People within your surroundings or who are related to you will also be affected.

Then in that case, I give an example of the Bliss World of Amitabha Pure Land:

Where is the Bliss World of Amitabha Pure Land? It is right here. It penetrates all materiality and spirituality of the universe. So long as there is life and space, it pervades all. Because it is the finest ion. When your mind is purified of defiling illusion to a certain extent, you can see its penetration through your mind and body.

How come we do not feel it?  It is extremely subtle.

Why? Our mind is too rough.

How rough? Every day we have too many delusional thoughts and attachments, therefore it is imperceptible. If you chant Amitabha with concentrated attention and seek no demand, then you will feel this.

The initial feeling, for instance, you will see light, feel your body refreshed, or see images of a Buddha Bodhisattva; this is only preliminary.

If you have severe desirous intentions, when you see light or some shapes or forms, it means that you are possessed. So-called “possessed” means you are being tormented, precisely is your greedy intention; would I see it again next time?  If you see it next time or every time, it means that your greedy intention is too strong.

If you are without any intentions, after seeing it your mind remains purified and without any fluctuation, then this is true and normal. If you can be relaxed today, regarding many matters without demand gradually you will understand the phenomena of life in the universe; this is known as “cultivation practice”. “Cultivation practice” is not merely worshiping Buddha or chanting Amitabha at home. No, that is only one of the methods.

What is the method of “practice cultivation”? It is practicing “activating your mind with arising thought”.

When you activate the mind, thought is aroused and then goes into action. This mind activation with arising thought continues daily from the past infinite existence of world periods until now. If you activate an enlightened mind with arising thought of enlightenment, then your energy of reincarnated birth and death from past infinite existence world-periods ceases. It is exactly the same as when the Sixth Patriarch saw his bright features of pure self-nature inherently. His phenomena of birth and death across infinite existence of world-periods ceased, and from that moment on he became the master of himself with pure body and pure mind.

People who come to listen to Sutra explaining, want nothing else but to have a bit of brightness (lucid) in mind. If a person has high wisdom, one would want the whole brightness not only a bit.

Wanting brightness is simple to achieve. The mind thought exists no darkness, that is brightness.

What does darkness refer to? It does not merely refer to “greed, resentment and ignorance”. I believe true darkness is the “attachment”, that is all.

To exist with many thoughts of “greed, resentment, ignorance”, or “killing, stealing, excessive lust attachment” does not matter, you must not hold on and not let it go; let it be. Just like boiling water, when you open the lid and see the bubbling water in the pot and how it rolls uncontrolledly, you struggle. There is no need, turn off the burner and then it stops. So, you need to understand how to use this manner.

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(一)     無住和四智

(上星期講到: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。)

所謂外星人,就是高級的科技。

你要講科技,最高級的科技是什麼?是心裡面沒有執著,想變什麼就變什麼,而且那個變是變成利益眾生。他不會為自己著想,因為他的貪斷掉了。

就像阿彌陀佛造極樂世界,怎麼造的?念力造的。

我們造這個世界,怎麼造的?一磚一瓦慢慢這樣造起來,是妄想、執著造的。

阿彌陀佛造極樂世界不是給自己用,他給一切眾生用。

怎麼用? 希望你到這個沒有汚染的世界,恢復你沒有汚染的本體,就這麼簡單。

他用念力,什麼樣的念力?大慈大悲,用這個念力,就是沒有自私的我,只有大我,沒有小我。

如果你的心慢慢擴大了,心量越來越大以後,你自己「生老病死」沒有了,在你周圍的、跟你有關係的人也會受影響。

那我舉例:像「極樂世界」,極樂世界在那裡?就在這裡。它穿透宇宙一切精神跟物質,全穿透;只要有生命的地方,只要有空間的地方,它無孔不入。因為它是最細微的離子。你心清淨到一個程度,就見到它穿透你的身體,穿透。

可是我們為什麼沒有感覺?太細微。

為什麼?因為我們的心太粗。

怎麼粗?每天妄想、執著太多,所以感受不到。

如果你念佛專注無求,就有感覺。感覺初步,譬如:看到光,感覺到身體清涼,或者看到佛菩薩的形相,這是初步。

如果今天求的心很強烈,而看到光,看到形相,那叫「著魔」。所謂「著魔」是「折磨」,就是貪念,是不是下一次我可以看到?如果下次看到,每次都看到,那就是貪念太強了。

如果你是無心的,看到以後,心還是清淨的、沒有波動的,這個是真的、正常的。如果你今天放輕鬆,對很多事情不再要求,對很多宇宙人生現象漸漸了解了,這叫「修行」。修行不是在家拜佛、念佛,不是的,那是個方法。

「修行」的方法在那裡?在「起心、動念」。

你一起心,念頭就動,念頭動了就有行為。起心、動念,我們每天都是這樣,無量劫到今天沒停過。如果你起心、動念是「覺」,好了,無量劫的生死輪迴的磁場斷掉了;就跟六祖看到自性清淨本來光明的面目一樣,無量劫的生死斷掉了,從此以後身、心清淨自在。

今天來這裡聽經的人,無非心裡都想要有一點光明。如果智慧高的人,不僅一點,全部光明。

要光明很簡單,心念裡沒有黑暗,就是「光明」。

黑暗指什麼?不僅指「貪、瞋、痴」。我覺得真正的黑暗是執著而已。

念頭裡「貪、瞋、痴」「殺、盜、淫」很多,沒有關係,不要抓著它不放,隨它去。就像開水不停的滾,把蓋子打開,看到開水滾,怎麼滾成這樣,很煩惱。不要,只要把火關掉,它就停了。所以要懂得用這個方式。

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