MASTER SHEN-LONG | Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 43
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Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 43

Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 43

(Last week we ended with: You make the vow now that “I want to become a Buddha”, then the “cause and effect” is set and only it has not manifested yet. Waiting until your lotus blooms precisely, it will unfold now.  Therefore, the lotus flower represents Buddha’s merits. This is called: The Great, Omni-directional and Extensive of the Buddha’s Flower Adornment大方廣佛華嚴.  Adornment means glory, solemn. “

 

Generally speaking; how to genuinely listen to Sutra explanation? Let go of your body and mind to listen to Sutra. If there is still discrimination and attachments within thoughts, then what you heard are only names – that is the surface. If listening after letting go, there is no pressure; at the end when I explain the Sutra text, then you will land on the same spot and enteri the same cognitive sphere.

Why do I conveniently mention this? The phenomena of life are also the same.

Why is our cultivation practice not effective? We are affected by phenomenal characteristics, with attachment to emerging situations, and to the phenomena in that imagination. Therefore, we cannot attain result in cultivation that is to say “no merits, also no virtues”. “Merit” is purified of defiling illusion; “virtue” is the pure light effect.

The pure light effect, who gets to enjoy this first? Of course, it is oneself. If the self cannot enjoy this pure light, then this practice cultivation is false. Like many people who do wholesome deeds, doing it is very tired, mentally and physically.

You ask him: “I am doing this all for others, I am exhausted.”

This truly happens, one bears one’s cross. I have seen a true philanthropist perform good deeds. I saw her on the PBS channel in an interview. I do not remember her name but she was the Director of the Rockefeller Foundation at that time, a very famous philanthropist of New York nicknamed the First Lady of New York City. Her husband passed away and left her with three billion dollars. She used the money to work on various charities and lived to be over one hundred years old. Her way of living reflected the best qualities of human life; living a long life, having wealth, respected by both US political parties—Democrat and Republican, and government administration offices and military officials. She is gone now, inevitably all must go!

Buddha teaching is not like this, Buddha teaching shows how to release from the miseries of transmigration and enter into the fullest joy, expressed as changing one’s clothes.  Like a walk-on performer, after I end this performance of this show, then I prepare for the next show. The proceeding performance was in the play of: “The Third Aunt teaches the Child”, and now I will play another role with a different title: “Water Margin. Following your different predestined affinities to play different acting roles, and wearing different stage clothes is called:

Being the master of one’s self by following one’s predestined affinity.

To be this way is different and this disparity is far in comparison.  A moment ago I mentioned the female philanthropist cannot be this way because her fate of “birth, aging, sickness and death” time was up. She must say good-bye and prepare for being reborn in this world. When will she be back? Unknown, it is according to the individual’s own thinking behaviors to receive one’s own karmic-retribution.

The school of Buddhism is different. For Guan-Yin Bodhisattva (Avalokitesvara), has anyone ever heard of the death of Guan-Yin Bodhisattva?  No. She is the eternal energy of the universe, which is the energy of ourselves. Her performance is the performance of ourselves. But our performance is as if it we imagined it, yet we did not actually do it. We also desire to have her accomplishments, but we think that she is Guan-Yin Bodhisattva (Avalokitesvara) and we are just common people. We cannot think this way. The most important purpose for today’s explanation about the Prajnaparamita Sutra is to tell everyone that:

Everyone is Guan-Yin Bodhisattva (Avalokitesvara), everyone is Vairocana Tathagata, all are Amitabha. 

You have this kind of understanding, your practice of cultivation is true cultivation, feel relieved and free from anxiety, bring you and the radiance of the universe together as one. Let alone like Mother Nature, it is merely the chicken feather and garlic skin in the radiance of the universe.  We forever link with this endless and eternal radiance, he is you and you are him, Prajna has this effect. Today if you know how to use Prajna, you are being a Buddha.

Therefore, from the aspect of phenomenal characteristics to explain The Great, Omni-directional and Extensive of the Buddha’s Flower Adornment, is by means infinite merits just like the lotus flower which is too wonderful for words to glorify your living environment and the living environment of all living beings. This is called the “Bliss World of Amitabha Pure Land”.

In fact, let me tell everyone, the highest level indicated in Esoteric Buddhism—the “Central Pure Land of Vairocana”—is the “Bliss World of Amitabha Pure Land”, which is the Huayan (Avatamsaka) World (Buddha world or Lotus-Treasury world) of Vairocana. Different audiences uses different words to explain words; talking to people with different cultivation level to explain the cognitive sphere differently however, it is one thing. Vairocana Buddha is Shakyamuni Buddha precisely.

Vairocana Buddha is the Dharma Body of Shakyamuni Buddha.

Shakyamuni Buddha is the Vairocana’s Transformation Body.

Rocana Buddha of the “Lotus World (Buddha World)” is the Reward Body of Shakyamuni Buddha.

Amitabha is the entire control of the Dharani Body manifestation from all Buddha Bodhisattvas.

What is “Dharani”? The entire control. It can lay hold of the good so that it cannot be lost, and likewise of the evil so that it cannot arise.

What is having entire control? The phenomena of all teaching are already perfectly complete.

I make this clear, everybody then knows that all names of Buddha Bodhisattva are for all different beings to have different styles of encountering and receiving.

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()   般若的體、相、用  

 

(上星期講到: 你現在發願,我要成佛,因跟果就已經成了,只是還沒有起現行。現行就是說現在展現;等到你那蓮花開了,就是現在展現。所以他以蓮花做為「佛」功德之代表,叫《大方廣佛華嚴》。「嚴」,是莊嚴。)

一般講起來,真正聽經怎麼聽?放下身心聽經。 念頭中如果還有分別、執著,聽了是名相 – 就是表面。如果是放下來聽,沒有壓力,我講到那裡,你就入到那裡,就進入這境界。

為什麼我順便提一提?因為人生的現象也是這樣。

為什麼我們修行都不得力?著相,執著境界,執著那個想像當中的現象,所以修不成,那也就是說沒有功、也沒有德。「功」是清淨,「德」是清淨的光明作用。

「光明作用」,第一個享受的是誰?當然自己。如果自己不能享受清淨光明,那這修行就是假的。就像很多人做善事,做的很累,做的身心疲倦。你問他,我都為了別人,自己很苦。

真的有,很苦。我就看過真正做善事、慈善家,最近PBS裡面訪問洛克菲奧樂基金會 Rockefeller  Foundation一個女的非常有名的紐約慈善家,她有綽號紐約市第一夫人。她先生走了,留下三億給她。她來做慈善,一百多歲才走的,察理羅施 Charlie Rose 訪問她。我們講:人中極品,壽又高、錢又多、又受人尊重,美國黨、政、軍那個不尊重她。走了,還是要走,是不是!

佛法就不是,佛法示現圓寂,表示衣服換一換;我跑龍套,跑完了,下齣戲要上場。前面「三娘教子」,現在要演別的了,演「水滸傳」去了。隨著因緣不同,上場演戲不同,穿的戲服不同,那個叫「自在隨緣」。

這不一樣,這個差別很遠。剛剛講慈善家沒有辦法,生老病死一到,就要再見轉世了。什麼時候再回來?不知道,隨著個人的思想行為去受報。

佛家就不是。你說觀音菩薩,我們聽過觀音菩薩會死?沒有。他是宇宙永恆的能量,就是自己的能量。他的表現就是自己的表現。可是,我們的表現是彷彿為之。就是想像當中的,而沒有實際做。我們也很希望做成這樣子,可是自己想想,他是觀音菩薩,我是凡夫;你不能這樣想。

今天講《般若經》最重要的目的,就是人人都是觀音菩薩,人人都是毘盧遮那如來,都是阿彌陀佛。你有這樣的了解,你修行是真正修行,很安心、很踏實,完完全全跟宇宙的光明打成一片。不要說大自然,大自然只是宇宙光明當中的雞毛蒜皮。我們是跟光明無盡、永恆的光明永遠連在一起,他就是你,你就是他,「般若」是得這作用。今天要會「般若」,你就叫作佛。

所以「相」上就講大方廣佛華嚴,以無量功德如蓮花一樣,妙不可言,來莊嚴自己的生活環境,莊嚴一切眾生的生活環境,這叫作「極樂世界」。

其實我告訴各位,毘盧遮那「中央密嚴土」 – 這是密教講最高的佛土。「中央密嚴土」就是阿彌陀佛極樂世界,就是毘盧遮那佛的「華藏世界」。只是對象不同,說不同的話;程度不同,說不同的境界,是一個東西。毘盧遮那就是釋迦牟尼佛。

毘盧遮那是「法身」。

釋迦牟尼佛是「化身」。

華藏世界盧舍那佛是「報身」。

阿彌陀佛是一切諸佛菩薩化現的「總持陀羅尼身」。

什麼叫「陀羅尼」?就是總持。

什麼是「總持」? 一切法究竟圓滿的現象。

我把它講清楚,各位就知道,一切佛菩薩的名字,都是對一切不同的眾生所做的不同的接引方式。

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