MASTER SHEN-LONG | Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 2
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Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 2

Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 2

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(Last week we ended with, “Everyone is learning to become a Buddha. First, you need to learn what wisdom is. If you cannot perfect this wisdom, then worshipping Buddha and reciting the Sutras only bond an affinity occasion for future salvation and will have no effect.”)

 

While on this subject, I want to mention that currently during this era, Buddha stated:

In the period of degeneration and extinction of Buddha teaching, where different understands and views exist everywhere. 

This so-called understand and viewis a concept, a different concept. The concept is identical in the school of Buddhism, there does not exist difference; which means that seeing, talking and doing for every Buddha Bodhisattva is the same.

Why?  It is because one has already seen the truth of the universe completely.

In Western society, they emphasize the truth like in Christianity:

That whosoever believeth in I (Jesus, the Christ) shall not perish, but have eternal life. (John 3:15)

This contains multiple meanings. If viewing Ifrom a wisdom perspective, the meaning expands; does not only represent Jesus Christ, but also represents his full understanding about the phenomena of life in the universe.

In today’s modern society, after you are born the primary contact begins with your parents, brothers and sisters; then education from school, society, and self-training. From all of this education produces many different understandings and views, and different ways of thinking. Furthermore, one’s own reaction after accessing this education in the future, shapes everyone’s different mindsets and behaviors. Different mindsets and behaviors cause everyone to have different perceptions of their living environment which is where the problem is. Some perceive well, and some perceive very painfully. The majority of people on this earth have undelightful life experiences and all are suffering.

Why do they suffer so much?  Because they do not know what tomorrow brings.

Regardless what tomorrow brings, just place your finger on a piece of paper and what is written on the reverse page? You do not know.

What is your next thought? Unknown.

Where are you from? Phenomenally, you know that you are from the fetus of your parent. But what is your true origination, you do not know.

What will you do in this life? Unknown.

Of course, the extent of your knowing is through the teaching of traditional education in general. We need to determine what to become, what profession, and what will result in the future. This is all superficial.

Another very important aspect is where you go after death? You also do not know.

This means you have absolutely no idea of what is going on.

Strangely, a person who has verified the truth and uses their wisdom, will know. One not only knows, but one also controls it. One can decide where one’s next life will be and in what kind of living environment.

Where does one come from the past? One is with full clarity.

What to do in one’s present life? Live free and be the master of one’s self.

This is the best benefit of learning to become a Buddha.

We often hear from others talking about what is the benefit of learning to become Buddha? This is the benefit.

The benefit is that there is no more confusion and completely none; it is not half and half, and there is no more uncertainty. To have genuine wisdom, you are certain on all matters; you are not only fully certain, but also able to accomplish.

In our society, people talk about global warming; these worldly disasters are coming and will happen not only happen in the future but also at any moment. Only, it has not flared-up yet.

This kind of catastrophe, how did it form? As a matter of fact, the ultimate source is still from mankind’s thinking. If humans have wisdom, there will unlikely exist any disasters.

Why? To have wisdom, there is:  1. No worry. 2. No afflictions.

No worry and afflictions, then is this society not as we talk about in general as a blissful, serene, and peaceful society. We often talked about the “Bliss World of Amitabha Pure Land”, thinking about it as a fictional, fantasy story like the Arabian Nights; otherwise it makes use of superstition to be the means of education, a religious language to comfort us. We constantly have this kind of notion.

In my childhood, hearing how others manage funeral arrangements particularly in Taiwan where funeral arrangements are very ceremonious. The local Taiwanese do it in accordance to tradition lasting one to two weeks. But in our eyes, it was very odd.

After everyone finished eating, reciting Sutras, what was next? No one knows.

Where did the departed soul go? Unknown.

Later once in touch with Buddhism, it is explained that the bad soul goes down to hell and the good soul goes up to heaven, but there is also no solution. I asked many monks who were without answers. All they did was pull out the Buddhist Scriptures and read it to me, and there were still no solutions. I went to the religion of Christian, Catholic, and Islam; all had no solutions. I asked my parents, they did not know the answer. I asked my classmates and teachers; all of them did not know.  Later I contemplated and thought to myself that there must be a solution.

Where is the answer? Eventually, I realized that the solution is within me.

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(一)     無住和四智

(上星期講到:各位學佛,首先要學智慧。如果這不能成就,念經、拜佛,只是結個緣,不能有效果。)

順便要講這時代,佛已經講過:「末法時期,到處都是不同的知見。」所謂「知見」,就是觀念;不同的觀念。佛家講的觀念,同,沒有不同;每個佛菩薩所見到、看到、說到、做到,都一樣。

為什麼?他已經完完全全看到宇宙的真相。

西方講真理。基督教不是講「信我得永生」。這個「我」含多重意義,如果用智慧,去看這個我,不一樣。這個「我」不僅是代表基督,代表他完全知道宇宙人生的現象。

現代社會,人一出生接觸父母、兄弟、姊妹;然後學校教育、社會教育,還有自我教育。這麼多不同的教育,就是不同的知見,不同的想法。還有自己將來接觸這些教育以後的反應,就形成每個人不同的思想跟行為。不同的思想行為就造成每個人不同的生活環境感受,就是這個問題。有人感受很好,有人感受很苦;這地球大部分的人,生活感受都不是很愉快,都很苦。

為什麼很苦?因為明天的事不知道。

不要說明天的事,用手隔一張紙,手指擺在紙上,紙的反面是什麼字?不知道。

下一個念頭是什麼?自己也不知道。

生不知從那裡來?現象上知道從父母胎裡來。

真正從那裡來?不知道。

這一生做什麼?不知道。當然知道的程度是一般傳統教育,我們要立志,將來做什麼,將來什麼成就;這是浮面。

還有很重要,死了去那裡? 也不知,這叫「一問三不知」。

但是很奇怪,這證果的人,就是會用智慧的人,知道。他不僅知道,他還控制;還可以控制下一生去那裡,什麼生活環境,他可以控制。

過去生從那裡來?一清二楚。

這一生做什麼?逍遙自在。

這就是學佛的第一個好處。

常聽人講學佛有什麼好處?這就是好處。好處是不迷,完全不迷。不是一半一半,好像這樣、好像那樣,不確定,不會的。

真有智慧,是什麼事都很確定;不僅確定,而且可以做到。

我們社會,現在常常都聽到Global Warming- 世界性的災難;將來會有災難,不要說將來,現在就有,它只是還沒有發作。

那這災難怎麼形成?實際上講最後的源頭還是人類的思想。如果人有智慧,就不會有災難。

為什麼?有智慧,就:(一) 沒有擔憂;(二) 沒有煩惱。沒有擔憂,沒有煩惱,那這社會是不是我們一般講的一個極樂、安祥、和平的社會。

我們常講「極樂世界」,把它想成那可能是小說、天方夜譚;要不然就是神道設教,是宗教性的語言安慰我們。我們常有這種觀念。

像小時候,聽到人家辦喪事,尤其在台灣辦喪事很隆重的;本地台灣人依照傳統,要一、兩個禮拜才結束。可是我們看的,也覺得很奇怪。

大家吃完了,念經念完了,然後?不知道。

魂到那裡去了?不知道。

後來接觸佛教,說會到地獄道去,好人會上天堂﹔也沒答案。我問了很多出家人,就是把《佛經》搬出來講一遍,沒有答案。另外到基督教去、天主教去、回教去,都沒有答案。問父母,父母不知道。問同學、老師,都不知道。後來,我就想這事情一定有答案,

答案在那裡?最後才知道,原來答案在自己。

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