MASTER SHEN-LONG | Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 29
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Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 29

Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 29

(Last week we ended with, “Just like The Bodhisattva Universal Door Chapter of the Lotus Sutra mentions: One should be helped by whichever form needed, Buddha Bodhisattva will take the material shape in whichever form.)

 

 

Dharma Body, Transformation Body and Reward Body are inherently provided with these three convenient phenomena in us.

Why does it say convenient? It is:

Returning to the primary pure condition that exists in non-dual ways, however the expedient means to the salvation and enlightenment all living beings are so many. 

What does this mean? We want to have ultimate perfect attainment, freeing our life from afflictions and attachments to reach pureness and brightness; this is returning to the primary pure condition. Non-dual ways refer to no other methods except letting go and being disillusioned with all. Expedient means to salvation and enlightenment all living beings are so many, expedient means refers to making things easy for people, and can help all kinds of people.

It is okay if one does not have time to do morning or evening chanting; where does one practice then? You can practice activating the mind with arising thought.

If you have the time to cultivate in the morning and evening exercise session, it is great. If you do not like cultivation either in the morning exercise and evening exercise session, or you do not like to practice each mind activation with thought arousal, then you can cultivate in other ways such as, repairing bridges or paving roads are also good. Any way will do it entirely, that refers to expedient means to the salvation and enlightenment of all living beings are so many. So many means are limitless and boundless up to 84,000 ways (metaphor for numerous), it teaches you to recover your pure and equality fundamental essence.

Formerly someone asked me: “How come we have chanted Amitabha for so long and Amitabha does not come to receive me?” We plead to him daily.

Others have also stated: “It is okay, I do not really care about this life, I will plead to Amitabha when approaching my end, Amitabha will meet and receive me then”.

These are all your delusional thoughts. Why? If you do not let go of your habits of “greediness, resentment, ignorance, arrogance and suspicions”, how is Amitabha to meet and receive you? The so-called “meeting and receiving” refers to associated. If you are unable to associate with this bright and pure energy, then this so-called meeting and receiving will not happen. “Meeting and receiving” is Amitabha energy removing your soul out of your body and merge into one.

The moment the light of the Amitabha illuminates you, your body and mind will initiate a kind of change naturally.

What kind of change? Refreshing and happy. Your memory is recovered and suddenly awakened.

Therefore, other people state: “Life is but a dream.” Within the dream there exists the phenomena of “birth, aging, sickness and death”; after becoming awakened there is nothing there. The Great Master Yong-Jia has stated:

As if dreaming yet there were clearly six realms of reincarnation, and after awakening, all phenomena is the illusory nature of all existence and there is no boundless universe.

The universe (the great wide world), what is boundless universe?  It is the Milky Way Galaxy, the cosmos; it all vanishes, it is a dream. Therefore, I say:

If you have the feeling that life is a dream and further perceive the universe is a dream, then your chanting of Amitabha will correspond with Amitabha soon.

If you cultivate Esoteric Buddhism, your mantra chanting will quickly correspond with your specific worship of Buddha.

If you study and explore Dhyana (Zen), soon you will be into the state of: There is not a single thing originally, where can any dust be provoked.

Today the source of our problem is our stubbornness to attachments, being firmly stubborn and unwilling to let go.

Some people would say: “I do not know what to let go?” This is ignorance.

If you recover the three bodies of Dharma, Transformation and Reward, then you are a normal person. A normal person will have four kinds of wisdom as I previously mentioned:

  1. The Great Perfect Mirror Wisdom,
  2. Wisdom to regard all things equally and universally,
  3. Wisdom of profound insight observation, and
  4. Wisdom of perfecting the accomplishment of self-welfare and the welfare of others.

These fundamental Four Wisdoms have the overall name of Prajna.

Let us hypothesize that we have already recovered the wisdom, what would we have to do? With respect to the “Self-enjoyment Body”, we are the master of ourselves and completely have freedom at will as described in the “eight free conditional states of I, ten fearless forces, and infinite compassion Samadhi”; this is precisely the sphere of the Realization of Tranquil and Extinction of All Phenomena of Tathagata’s attainment. “Tranquil” is being still and unmoved, purified of defiling illusion, “Extinction” is complete cessation of thought; so, you are purified of defiling illusion and are unmoved, it is the state of complete cessation of thought then functions with omniscience penetrative ability (wisdom illumination), to have clarity in all situations yet being eternal still and unmoving. “The omniscience penetrative ability” is the wisdom, “Extinction” is the essence. It does not mean death as inflexible and cannot function. No, it is not that way.

Where should we apply this notion? It is in our daily routines.

After the Sixth Patriarch attained enlightenment, he used it in his daily life, in addition he stayed with a group of hunters for 15 years. In these 15 years, he underwent various experiences to refine his mind, to slowly remove his remaining bad habits, his habitual movement, his habitual way of thinking, and his habitual behaviors. After removing all, there was nothing left; that is the state of being the master of himself completely freedom at will.

All of you should think this over, Prajna is the most important point in the recovery of your pure essence, and it should not be neglected.

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心經     卷(二)   法、化、報三身  

(上星期講到: 就像《普門品》裡講:應以什麼身得渡,即化現什麼身渡他。)

「法、化、報三身」是我們原來就具有的三種方便現象。

為什麼說方便?歸元無二路,方便有多門。

這話怎麼講?我們要究竟圓滿,把我們的生活從煩惱、執著中解脫出來,達到清淨、光明,這叫「歸元」 – 歸到原點。「無二路」,就是沒有別的方式,只有「放下、看破」。「方便有多門」,「方便」就是給大家方便,什麼樣的人都能夠幫。

沒有時間做早、晚課,沒關係,在那裡修?在起心、動念修。

有時間做早、晚課,這有時間做。如果早、晚課,起心、動念都不喜歡修,修別的也可以 – 修橋、鋪路也可以。什麼方式都有,就是「方便有多門」。「多門」就是無量無邊八萬四千的方法,都教你恢復清淨、平等的本體。

以前有人問我:「我們念佛念了半天,怎麼阿彌陀佛都沒有來接 我?」我們每天求他。

還有人講:「沒關係,我這一生反正無所謂,臨終的時候求阿彌陀佛,阿彌陀佛就來接引我。」

這都是妄想。為什麼?平常不把「貪、瞋、痴、慢、疑」放下,佛怎麼會接引。所謂「接引」,就是相應。你跟這個光明、清淨的能量不相應,不會有所謂接引。「接引」就是佛的能量把你的靈體從你的身體中抽離出來,合而為一。

佛光一照的時候,你的身心自然起一種變化。

什麼變化?清涼快樂,你的記憶體就恢復了,突然醒過來。

所以人家講人生如夢,夢中有生老病死,醒了以後什麼都沒有。永嘉大師講:「夢中明明有六趣,覺後空空無大千」。生死輪迴是個大夢,夢裡面明明有十法界依正莊嚴、六道輪迴;醒了以後空空無大千。

連「大千世界」,什麼叫「大千世界」?    是銀河系、宇宙;沒有了,是夢。

所以我就講,

如果你今天覺得人生如夢,更覺得宇宙是夢:你「念佛」很快就能夠跟阿彌陀佛感應。

如果「修密」,你念咒很快就能夠跟你的本尊感應。

如果「參禪」,很快就能夠見到「本來無一物,何處惹塵埃」。

今天我們的問題就是出在固執的那個執著上,堅固的固執,不願意放下。

有人講我不知道要放下什麼?這是愚癡。

你如果恢復了「法化報」,就是正常人。正常人就有四種智慧,早先我講「大圓鏡智、平等性智、妙觀察智、成所作智」,這是基本的四個智慧,總名「般若」。

那就假設我們恢復了這智慧以後,我們要做什麼事?在「自受用身」上,我們得大自在,叫八自在我,十力無畏,大悲三昧;這就是如來果地上的「寂滅忍」的境界。「寂」是清淨,「滅」是不生;清淨不生,寂而常照,照而常寂。「照」就是智慧,「寂」是本體。不是說就死了一樣,都沒有用,不是的。

可是「寂而常照,照而常寂」應用在那裡?就在日常生活。六祖大師覺悟後,他用在日常生活,還在獵人隊中呆了十五年。十五年「歷事鍊心」,把剩下來的習氣慢慢的拿掉、習慣動作拿掉、習慣思想拿掉、習慣行為拿掉。拿掉後,什麼都沒有了,那是得「大自在」。

各位想一想,「般若」就是恢復清淨本體的最重要的樞紐,這個不能忽略。

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