16 May Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 3
[Series of Master Shen-Long expounding on Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra]
(Last week we ended with, “Where is the answer? Eventually, I realized that the solution is within me.”)
We were born exactly in a daze, knowing nothing; everyone is the same. Who from here is not confused.
Is there anyone who can recall one’s previous life, not merely just one, two, or three prior lives, several hundred thousand lives up to infinite lives; are there any? Yes, there are some but very few.
This life, I ran into someone who could recall his previous lives up to three, four, or five lives and it was quite remarkable. These saintly men with enlightenment attributes mentioned in Buddhist Sutras, I have encountered one but they would not expose themselves to you.
Why then do I say that I have met with one? Because you could feel a kind of serene energy from his pure body and pure mind. You then knew he was not an ordinary person. What is the stage of his enlightenment level, or the transformation body of which Bodhisattva, this I am not certain. Returning to the subject, if the mind is composed to a certain extent, then one would know.
Composure of the mind, that is wisdom.
People often talk about “moral precepts, composing the mind and wisdom”; “moral precepts” is a theory and principle. With regards to “moral precepts”, people should not over think it; it is the theory and principle of our life itself.
What is the theory? The fundamental essence of life is pure without defilement.
What is the principle?
A person shall not engage in any harmful deeds and pursue all good conduct.
This comes out naturally; it is not taught by Buddha Bodhisattvas. Just as the “Ten Commandments” of Catholicism are very strict. The “Ten Commandments” are like the “ten wholesomeness” of Buddhism school. “Ten wholesomeness” are difficult to abide by. But people do not know this is the original pure essence of ours. It is because we have been living life after life in a confused state for too long. Returning to our pure essence is prohibitively difficult than going to the outer space primarily due to this.
Then how does one achieve the state of not engaging in harmful deeds and pursue benevolent conduct? Because we have the theory that when the body and mind is purified without defilement, one will not have these phenomena; one does not have discrimination, attachment and delusional thoughts daily.
Therefore, what is the sphere of Prajna (wisdom)? In a nutshell, it is without discrimination, attachment and delusional thoughts.
We do not need to care whether the phonetic transcription is right or not, or to follow the evolution of the written word; there is no need so long as we comprehend the theory. In this society, if you know your delusional thoughts are getting less, your afflictions will be less. When your attachment gets less, your encountering destiny will change. When your discrimination reduces, your body and mind will then be purified of defiling illusion and will naturally have a kind of inner delight. This delightfulness in Buddhist terminology is referred to as the “pleasing of hearing the teaching” or frankly, it is pleasing without seeking any gain.
The pleasing of “without seeking any gain” appears how? It is not visible to others, only you know yourself.
As for “knowing yourself”, although you do the same stuff as others externally, behave with afflictions, have habits of “greed, resentment, ignorance, arrogance”, and initiate afflictions from “greedy, resentment, ignorance” with actions that cause future karmic-retribution; however, one can be busy externally, but none harbors in one’s mind. Precisely, phenomena exists but is absent in mind.
For example, in the story of the Jin-Shan Living Buddha he employs Prajna wisdom. He lived in the same society with us, eating the same three meals a day, behaving the same way on the outside with habits of “greed, hatred, ignorance and arrogance”; but strangely on the inside, he is without any fluctuation – the mind is without wave motions. He does not take things as real to discriminate, attach or have delusional thoughts; instead, he uses the phenomena of together with everyone to help all sentient beings.
In fact, his demonstration can be achieved by everyone; we simply do not have this kind of enlightenment education from childhood.
我為什麼說我遇到？你可以感受到他身心清淨，那種安祥的磁場；感受到，就曉得他不是普通人。至於他是什麼品位, 是那位菩薩再來, 這個不知道。話說回來，如果自己心定到某個程度，就知道。
舉個例：大家都聽過金山活佛，今天有本書我跟淨宗結緣- 《金山活佛》，大家有機會可以看看。他就是用「般若」用智慧，一樣是在這社會跟大家同住在一起，同樣是三餐飯，同樣有「貪、瞋、痴、慢」；可是奇怪他沒有波動- 內心沒有振動。他不把這事情當真，去分別、去執著、去妄想；他反而用跟大家同在一起的現象，來幫助眾生。