MASTER SHEN-LONG | Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 24
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Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 24

Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 24

(Last week we ended with, “You use what kind of mentality? In the first place, you should understand the rule to follow the chain of cause and effect to receive karma-result as the consequences of one’s action. As a man, he reaps what he sows.”)

 

The rule is the foundation and base of all religious sects. Vairocana becoming Buddha also originates from this. Today you becoming a Vajra Guru (teacher) of Esoteric Buddhism also originates from this. Today you transforming to a small bug also originates from this. If you cannot thoroughly understand this rule, then there is no Prajna (wisdom) to talk about.

You need to think what “cause” turns you to this way now?

What kind of “conditioned by our past” turns us into this kind of phenomenon?

Now we receive what kind of “effect”?

What will be the future “karmic-result”?

You need to understand thoroughly. After being clear about it, your mind and body then settles, and no longer thinks of overstepping your own boundaries; no longer be hurried and busy, also every day would not be worried, afraid, scared and confused. Worldly people emphasize:

Knowing one’s place and minding one’s own business.

that is inadequate; in fact, it should be:

 Setting one’s mind at rest and being the master of one’s self.

When you can set your mind at rest and be the master of yourself, life is totally different; this is truly called “living”. Otherwise, the average person likes hovering between life and death entirely every minute and second, this precisely is you without wisdom. For a wisdom person, this illness or aging has no effect on them. Life and death to them precisely is the phenomena of creation (birth) and extinction (death) and is entirely not affected.

Therefore, fundamentally for you to recover your Dharma Body, you must first have an internal state of imperturbability, exempt from all external sensations.

What is the first requirement? It is to have no discrimination and no attachments.

Regarding Dharma Body, Buddha himself stated:

After he recovered his Dharma Body, the elements of time such as past, present and future no longer exist

Why? In his frame of mind, these kinds of scope of limitation with past, present and future are gone. The idea of past life, present life and future life has all gone, then he is the master of himself completely with freedom at will.

Within this state, a phenomenon has the Reward Body (or Enjoyment body). The Reward Body is for his own enjoyment of what he has, a self-enjoy environment, and a self-enjoy body.

What is the range of the Reward Body? This Reward Body does not compose of any substance (materiality) and it is formed by nirvana merits and enlightenment virtues.

What is nirvana merit? It is wisdom.

What is enlightenment virtue? It is wisdom function, precisely it is the light.

What is the name of the body composed by wisdom light? It is indestructible and eternally unspoiled.

We have constantly heard from the school of Buddhism talk about one eminent monk who had left us with a full body relic just the same as the Sixth Patriarch. This well-preserved body is indestructible and eternally unspoiled expresses one’s teaching. It is not one’s physical body that is indestructible and eternally unspoiled.

Indeed, the body is eternally unspoiled, a relic you can try to break with a hammer but instead, the hammer cracks. Genuine sarira of a Buddha, like the Sixth Patriarch’s full body sarira, you can try to break it but there is nothing that can destroy it.

Why? His power of “moral precepts, composing the mind and wisdom” has already attained the ultimate level and there is nothing in this universe that can obliterate it. You can try with a bomb, or atom bomb or even nuclear bomb but it will not have any effect.

Why? Because bombing those materialistic things; its composition is spirituality, which is indestructible and eternally unspoiled.

I knew someone who was a Buddhist practitioner, he chanted Amitabha for over a year and he left to be born to the Bliss World of Amitabha Pure Land.

He quietly chanted Amitabha daily in private without anyone knowing. He was merely a lay practitioner at home and not a monk of the Monastery. At his cremation, there were many sarira from his head; the color was pearl-like and translucent like a crystal (like the kind reportedly found among the cremated ashes of Buddhist spiritual masters).

Sarira is a Sanskrit terms that means bone, precisely what we say are the cremated remains.

How come? It is an unchanging and unspoiled phenomenon of the human spiritual power that appears in materiality.

His performance was not at the highest level, only generally going and being born to the Amitabha Pure Land. But for an ordinary person who can attain this level is truly uneasy, his mind power was already able to concentrate to such an incredible extent. Guan-Yin Bodhisattva (Avalokitesvara), Da-Shi-Zhi Bodhisattva (Mahasthamaprapta) and Amitabha Buddha all came together to meet and receive him which confirmed his enlightened mind energy was integrated with the supreme enlightenment energy. Therefore, we say the Reward Body is the indestructible and eternally unspoiled body, he goes to the Bliss World of Amitabha Pure Land and his body becomes indestructible and eternally unspoiled.

Why? The energy there is eternally unchanged. Our energy fields here, the external environment changes all day long. Like the poor weather again with floods or earthquakes, our minds are constantly unsettled and changing. If not a perturbed state of mind then we are in a dazed condition, either wanting to sleep or wanting to do this or doing that.

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心經     卷(二)   法、化、報三身  

(上星期講到: 你用什麼心理?首先你要懂「因緣果報」。)

因緣果報,四個字是一切宗派的基本、根本。毘盧遮那成佛也從因緣果報來。你今天變成金剛上師也是因緣果報。你今天變成一隻小蟲也是因緣果報。如果你不能把因緣果報看清楚,那就沒有「般若」可言。

你要想什麼「因」變成今天這樣?

什麼「緣」讓我們變成這種現象?

現在我們是什麼「果」?

將來是什麼「報」?

你要很清楚。這個弄清楚以後,你的身心就定了,不會有非分之想,也不會急急忙忙,也不會每天擔憂、害怕、恐怖、顛倒。世俗人講「安分守己」,不夠;其實應該是「安心自在」。能安心自在,活起來不一樣,這真的叫「活」。不然我們一般人分秒都是死去活來,這就是沒有智慧。有智慧的人,不要說這個病老,沒有影響;死活對他而言,就是生滅對他而言,完全沒有影響。

所以基本上你要恢復「法身」,第一要有定。

「定」的第一條件是什麼?是不分別,不執著。

法身,佛自己講過:「他恢復法身以後,過去、現在、未來就不存在了」。

為什麼?在他的思想範圍裡,過去、現在、未來的這種限制性的範圍沒有了。過去世、現在世、未來世,三世沒有了,沒有後他得大自在。

這個大自在,裡面就出現一個現象,就有「報身」。「報」就是他的自受用身 – 自己受用的環境,自己享受的環境,自己享受的身體。

「報身」範圍有多大?就是說這身體有多大?我們現在就講物質好了,這個身不是物質組成,這個身是「功德」組成。

「功」是什麼?是智慧。

「德」是什麼?是智慧的作用,就是光。

智慧之光組成的身體叫什麼?「金剛不壞」。

常聽佛家講這個得道的高僧留了一個肉身下來,就像六祖一樣。「金剛不壞身」那是表法,不是身體「金剛不壞」。

確實這身體永遠不壞,那個「舍利子」你拿榔頭去敲敲看,敲了以後,榔頭裂了。真正佛的舍利子,像六祖那個舍利子,你敲敲看,什麼東西都無法摧毀它。

為什麼?他的「戒定慧」的力量到達最高,沒有東西能摧毀它。你拿炸彈、原子彈去炸也沒有用,核子彈炸也沒有用。

為什麼?那是物質去炸,它是「精神體」,是「金剛不壞」。

我們認識一個同修,他念佛才一年多,往生極樂世界。

每天念佛他是看不出來,他自己念。結果最後身體燒掉,腦袋裡面燒出舍利子。是在家人,不是出家人。舍利子,白色透明的,這本書我今天帶來,可以流通大家看看。

「舍利」是骨頭的意思,就是我們講的遺骨。

為什麼?是人的精神力顯現在物質上的一種不變不壞的現象。

他當然還不是最高級的,只是一般性往生極樂世界。但是從一個凡夫俗子,不容易,念力已經集中到一個程度。觀音菩薩、大勢至菩薩、阿彌陀佛,親自來接引,就是說他心裡面覺悟的能量跟這個大覺悟能量結合。所以我們講「報身」就是金剛不壞身,他到極樂世界去就是金剛不壞身。

為什麼?那個磁場不會變。我們這裡磁場,外在的環境一天到晚變。天氣不好,又是淹水,又地震,又什麼;心裡一天到晚七上八下,不停的變。不七上八下,就是昏沉,人昏昏的,要嘛就睡覺,要不然就這個、那個。

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