MASTER SHEN-LONG | Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 21
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Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 21

Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 21

(Last week we ended with, “However, the instant you initiate a question, “what is it”? Thinking has been established.”)

 

Three extremely fine concepts are:

  1. Stirring of the perceptive faculty as in primal action
  2. Ability to perceive phenomena
  3. The object perceived

Stirring of the perceptive faculty is precisely the transformation of things. This transformation is very delicate at the speed of 1/1000 per second. There is no way you can sense that. Just like watching a movie, its mechanism displaying frames intermittently at a rate of 24 frames per second, you can hardly feel it and think it is real; nevermind applying it to the rising and falling of thoughts.

Thoughts rise and fall very rapidly countless times; how can one see the rising and falling of a thought?  The attainment of the 8th stages Bodhisattva (as the 48th of the 52 Bodhisattva cultivation grades) and beyond, the same level of Guan-Yin Bodhisattva (Avalokitesvara), will allow you to see this. When your mind is unmoved and undisturbed by any phenomena at that level, you become more sensitive than any scientific instrument and see all.

When this stirring happens, your inherent luminosity penetrates forth then disappears all at once. The ability of “luminosity penetrating forth” is precisely what we explain as the function of wisdom. It is when the omniscient penetrative ability with crystal clear perception is temporarily lost and suspended.

Then, the formation of phenomena starts.

What is phenomenon? It is spirituality and materiality beginning the transformation of things.

What happens when we have a “Presbyopia” condition of blurred vision?

It is illusion or having spiritual delusion and after a duration of time, it gradually initiates illusion. Once illusion arises, it becomes imbedded in your mind over time and you think it is real. Just like our human world now, everyone has a body, house, and car. We all see trees, mountains and rivers on this Earth and these are the phenomenon of materiality. The thoughts of our minds, the things we see, think, and hear are all within this limit. However, explained honestly this limit is unreal because it is your own divide and your own discrimination.

Some people ask where is this all come from? It is formed by entwining spirituality with materiality.

Where does spirituality and materiality come from? It manifests from one’s strong attachment combined with delusional thoughts.

How does it manifest? It is the same as a chemical transformation, different equations have different transformations and ends with different outcomes.

The delicate transformation within can only be seen by an enlightened one who has achieved supreme enlightenment so is therefore, not confused. We are confused.

This candle in front of me, how come there is this candle phenomenon?

Scientists research and finally they find the answer with limited explanation: it is the result of colliding ions. Buddha’s explanation is more outstanding:

It is phenomena occurring from the chain of causes and conditions (affinity occasion).

Without the direct cause then it does not have conditions (affinity occasion). To have a cause is to have a starting point; the misperception starts plus conditions.

What are conditions? It is the endless and boundless mind power of different abstract notions to vibrate the universe. It is produced from these vibrations and collisions into each other.

Therefore, I believe Buddhist Sutras should be explained from scientific phenomena otherwise, constant explanations using Buddhist Sutra terminology and no one will understand it.

The Sutras of Buddhism are truly wonderful and thoroughly clear, especially the Tibetan-Buddhism scriptures. The moment Mahavairocana Buddha comprehended the truth through his own power was the moment he precisely confirmed and attained his “self-nature Dharma Body”. In that moment he gave an incredible statement in the Mahavairocana Sutra (Mahavairocana-abhisamobodhi-tantra). If there is an opportunity, I recommend that you all read this Sutra. It is our duty to understand the following:

What kind of merits do you have?

What kind of phenomenon will occur after you attain Buddha-hood?

What kind of responsibility do you have regarding the life in the universe?

Then you would see all clearly.

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心經     卷(二)   法、化、報三身  

(上星期講到: 但是一旦你起個問號,這是什麼東西?思想就建立了。)

「三細相」是轉相、業相、境界相。「轉」就是變化。這很細微,千分之一秒,你沒有辦法察覺它。就像看電影,一秒鐘開合二十四次,你都感覺不出來,以為真的;何況是念頭生滅。

念頭生滅快速的無數次,怎麼樣才能看到念頭生滅?要到「八地」以上的菩薩。就是到觀音菩薩的地位看到,就是心可以「定」到那程度,比任何科學儀器都要敏感,都看得到。

這個一轉;本來的光明就一下子沒有了。「光明」就是我們講智慧的作用;就是「照見的能力」暫時喪失,斷掉。

開始了,開始有境界。

境界是什麼?就是精神、物質起變化。

就像我們有的時候老花眼、老眼昏花,看看這東西怎麼會?

幻覺或者精神上面有幻想,久了起幻覺。這幻覺一生,久而久之你以為是真的。就像現在人世間,大家有個身體、房子、汽車、樹木、山河大地,是一個物質現象;我們心裡所想、所見、所思、所聞就在這個範圍。可是老實講,這個範圍是假的,是你自己去分、自己去別。

有的人會問那怎麼來的?就是精神、物質交織而成。

精神、物質怎麼來的?強烈的執著跟妄想變現的。

怎麼變現?就像化學變化一樣,方程式不同,改變不同,出來結果不一樣。

這裡面的細微變化,只有大徹大悟的覺悟者,看得到;所以他不迷。我們迷。

你看前面有這蠟燭,怎麼會有這蠟燭現象?

科學家就去找,最後找到,只能勉強解釋就是離子碰撞。佛很厲害,是因緣所生法;沒有「因」就沒有「緣」- 緣是條件。「因、緣」兩個,有個「因」有個開頭,錯覺的開頭加上條件。

條件是什麼?就是無量無邊不同的「抽象概念」振動宇宙的念力,這振動、碰撞產生。

所以我說《佛經》要用科學現象來講,不然老用《佛經》名詞沒有人聽得懂。

《佛經》真是沒有話講,講的清清楚楚。尤其密教經典,大日如來他證得「自證分」的時候,就是證得「自性法身」的時候所講的話,沒有話講,就是《大毘盧遮那成佛神變加持經》裡講的。這個經,你們有機緣應該看看,這是我們自己本分內應該了解的:

你有什麼功德?

你證了佛果以後有什麼現象?

你對於宇宙人生有什麼責任?看得清清楚楚。

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