MASTER SHEN-LONG | Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 36
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Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 36

Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 36

When explaining to everyone, the modern man does not understand Prajna (wisdom), let alone know about the mistaken wisdom and sharp cleverness of the worldly, only to speak about the ordinary intelligence and talents they do not understand and then not to mention about Prajna. Prajna is our original omniscient penetrative ability with crystal clear perception in our life essence, which is when your mind does not initiate thought, then all phenomena are perfectly clear and crystal clear.

This time when we explain Prajna, we are going to explain Prajna’s essence, phenomenal characteristics and function.

The first chapter explained the Four Wisdoms, and the second chapter explained the Dharma Body, Transformation Body and Bliss Body of the Buddha. This chapter will explain the essence, phenomenal characteristics and function of Prajna.

The essence of Prajna is a condition beyond disturbance and is endless as the state of tranquility and constantly having omniscient penetrative ability. When functioning with the omniscient penetrative ability, one maintains the state of eternal peace. Tranquility does not mean nothing is there. We hear people commonly refer to it being like the perfect rest—nirvana; it does not mean “dead”. Tranquility means one has entered an energy field that is eternal and immutable and is precisely, the non-arising and non-ceasing of all phenomena in our life essence.

What is the phenomenon that is non-arising and non-ceasing? It is our pure and radiant life essence.

Everyone needs to have this concept: we have explained Prajna twice already; today is the third time, which exactly explains the pure and radiant essence.  “Pure” refers to tranquility because it does not arise thought in mind, and under no circumstances can it be disturbed; therefore, it is named “the diamond indestructible”.

“The omniscient penetrative ability” is the function of Prajna, because your mind is unmoved therefore you have clarity on all phenomena.  Sutras often refer to:

Prajna is the ultimate wisdom of knowing all answers as omniscient.

Omniscient is using the omniscient penetrative ability on the phenomena of universal lives. One does not need to search for information, no need to study, also no need to complete traditional educational schooling, and furthermore no need to conduct daily research; all is unnecessary.   When you are not in contact, your body and mind is purified without defilement. The moment you connect then you will be clear about the four elements of “people, matters, places and objects” in all phenomena:

What is this person’s background?

What did this person do in the past?

What does this person do in this life?

What happens upon one’s death and after entering a mother’s womb in preparation for rebirth into this world?

You are very clear.

“Place”;

How was this place formed in the past?

What happened in this place before?

What will this place become?

All the things in this place, for example, the houses, mountains, rivers and the earth; what will it become in the future?

You are crystal clear.

You have a clear view of the “matter” occurrences and myriad phenomena that have taken place previously.

For example: When you visit a place and comment that the energy is not good, what has happened? No need to inquire, and also no need to go to the police station to research files.  When you look at the energy, you instinctively know what happened before. You will even know all thought movements of the germs there.

“Objects” refers to materiality, the phenomena of any direct “mental perception” taking shape by materiality. “Mental perception” refers to non-sentient objects, which does not imply feeling. Unlike our human world impacted by emotion, the materialistic world does not have that.

What kind of functions exists in the materialistic world? There manifests five phenomena: “ground-earth, water, fire, wind and space”. These phenomena, as we often talk about the four elements of “people, matters, places and objects”, are only one tiny droplet within our Buddha-nature Prajna.

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(三)      般若的體、相、用

順便跟大家解釋,現代人對「般若」不了解;不要講世間的世智聰辯他不知道,就講一般聰明才智也不知道,那更不要談「般若」。「般若」是我們原來生命本體中,原來就有的「照見的能力」。照見的能力就是心不起想念,所有現相了了分明、一清二楚。

這一次我們談「般若」,就要談「般若」的「體相用」。

第一次談的是「四智」,第二次講的是佛的「法化報」,這一次談「般若」的「體相用」。

「般若」之體,空寂無邊 – 寂而常照,照而常寂。「寂」,不是什麼都沒有。我們平常聽人講圓寂,不是死掉了。「寂」,是入到永恆而不變的能量磁場中,就是我們自己生命本體中那個不生、不滅的現象。

這個「不生不滅」的現象是什麼?我們清淨、光明的生命本體。

各位要有這概念,講了兩次「般若」;今天第三次,講的就是清淨本體、光明本體。清淨叫「寂」,因為它不起心、不動念,沒有任何現象可以擾亂它,所以叫「金剛不壞」。

「照」是般若的作用。「照」的意思,就是穿透。因為你的心不動,所以所有的現象你完全清楚。經典上常講:「般若無知,無所不知」。無所不知就是「照」一切宇宙生命的現象。不需要去找資料、不需要去念書、也不需要去完成學業、更不需要每一天去做研究工作、不需要。不接觸的時候,身心清淨,一塵不染。接觸的時候,「人、事、地、物」清清楚楚。

這個人什麼來歷?

過去做什麼?

這一生做什麼?

死了以後投胎轉世做什麼?

一清二楚。

「地」,這地方以前是怎麼形成的?

這地點以前發生過什麼事情?

這地以後會變成什麼樣子?

這地上的物品,譬如:房子、山河大地,將來會變成什麼樣?清清楚楚。

事情曾經發生過的林林總總,萬事萬物,清清楚楚。

譬如:我們常講,這地方以前不是很好,發生過什麼事?問都不用問,也不用到警察局調查資料;你看到那個磁場,你就知道裡面發生什麼。連細菌動念,你都知道。

「物」,物就是物質,物質所形成的「法塵現象」。說「法塵」講無情之物,塵埃是無情物質,沒有情的牽扯。不像我們人間有感情作用,沒有的,物質世界沒有。

 

物質世界有什麼作用?地、水、火、風、空,現這五種相。這些現象當中,我們常講:人、事、地、物不過是佛性「般若」當中,小小一滴水。

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