MASTER SHEN-LONG | Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 50
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Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 50

Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 50

(Last week we ended with,This is called the incredible function of Prajna (wisdom) of Buddhism.”)

 

Today, if you want to become Buddha in perfection, then you must learn from Sudhana as mentioned in the Flower Adornment Sutra. Why does the Flower Adornment Sutra want to show such a case? It is to advise all living beings universally including the Bodhisattva of Absolute Universal Enlightenment (Samyak-Samadhi) and the lower rank Bodhisattvas who help the beings in the Avici Hell.

“Avici” (the lowest level of Hell) is called “ceaseless pain”. Life in the Avici Hell is even harder to endure compared with the Hell at the 18th tier. The amazing thing is when you chant Amitabha, you become equivalent to the state of Absolute Universal Enlightenment Bodhisattva (Samyak-Samadhi) who remains with one grade of the unenlightened condition-the fundamental worry as the first activation thought of unenlightened and confusion. There is only this discrepancy of one grade of the unenlightened condition, and when one chants Amitabha they can also become Buddha.

All beings in Hell are defiled so severely and are full of evil thoughts. They not only torment others, but others also torment they all day long to kill and be killed. The persecution of walking on mountains of knives, or deep fried in hot oil truly exists. However, if one wants to chant Amitabha, Hell is gone. They can also go to be born to the Bliss World of Amitabha Pure Land. Why is that?  To put it bluntl:

All living beings have Buddha-nature, if it corresponds to Buddha-nature, you then can completely restore the essence of pure radiance. 

This is very important. It is okay if you have trouble understanding the previous Sutra explanation. Listening to this paragraph you must understand, if this paragraph cannot be understood, it is troublesome.

The Bliss World of Amitabha Pure Land meets and receives all living beings. I tell you all, why do all the Buddha praise the Bliss World of Amitabha Pure Land? It is this function. The Bliss World of Amitabha Pure Land is quite incredible. We speak of the Avatamsaka World (Buddha world or Lotus-treasury world) of Vairocana Buddha, but we cannot be there. You must be at the level of Bodhisattva Nagarjuna, or the Sixth Patriarch Master Hui-Neng, or Padmasambhava (The Lotus Born) or Tsongkhapa (famous teacher of Tibetan Buddhism), those people can go there; because they are qualified, they have either eliminated all afflictions or have quelled all afflictions, this is amazing. But what are we? We are a nobody. But do not forget, we have Buddha-nature.

Chanting Amitabha today is chanting the Buddha-nature. Chanting the Buddha-nature is chanting Amitabha, which chants the vow power of Amitabha of the Bliss World. This is hard to believe, and it is harder to believe than the general Buddha teaching. Even many of the Bodhisattva of Absolute Universal Enlightenment (Samyak-Samadhi) do not believe and say: “We cultivated for the countless existence of world-periods and finally attain to the state of Samyak-Samadhi Bodhisattva (the 51st of 52 cultivation tiers).” How can one chant Buddha to become a Buddha in one’s life? Therefore, they do not believe it. (The Bodhisattva of Absolute Universal Enlightenment-Samyak-Samadhi, is equivalent to the state of the Supreme Perfect Enlightenment-Anuttara Samyak-Samadhi as Buddha, and who has finished the entire 52 cultivation tiers. The one who has attained to the 52nd grade, has already eradicated 40 grades of the unenlightened condition, and remains one grade of unenlightened condition to become Buddha in perfection.)

Many beings have gone to be born to the Bliss World of Amitabha Pure Land: Old women, and old men, people of all ages. Two days ago, there was a daughter of a practitioner, who was 13 years old, who passed away after thirteen-year-old. Her illness was brain tumor. Many people chanted Amitabha at her bedside as funeral prayers and I heard that she left in peace. This was very good that people chanted Amitabha to help her.  Her mother and I met later, and I had also advised her to chant Amitabha.

I said to her, “You need to let go”.

I said, “Your daughter shows this phenomenon is to help you. If you chant Amitabha and go to the Bliss World of Amitabha Pure Land; in future, you will be there with her”.

Just these few words, if she truly wants to chant Amitabha and go to the Bliss World of Amitabha Pure Land, then she would be startled. Why? That world you go to is not just to become a Buddha, you will see the suffering phenomena of all living beings. You will meet Amitabha immediately, your incarnation will assume in human body form and return; to reproduce yourself at infinitum and anywhere to help all. Because this method is too convenient, it is too effective.

We now speak as if to persuade her; in fact, I did not persuade her with the state of mind of persuading, I know she has a wholesome root; if she truly chants Amitabha, she will be there.

How to get there? If you truly chant Amitabha, seeing Amitabha really in front of your eyes; right here, that is it. He will manifest his body size in accordance with your mind capacity.  If your mind capacity is to the end of the existence of open space and all over the universe, he will then appear as his Dharma Body. The Dharma Body of Amitabha Tathagata is Vairocana Tathagata.

When you truly see the Buddha’s Dharma Body, the moment you see it, it is when you become a Buddha. You truly arouse the mind to become a Buddha to help all living beings, you have the support of all Buddha and Bodhisattvas. The aid of Amitabha and the aid of all Buddha, you would not have affliction. You hand over all to rely on him, just the same as Christianity hands over all to rely on Jesus Christ.

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()   般若的體、相、用  

 

(上星期講到: 這是佛家「般若」之妙用。)

如果你今天要圓滿成佛,就要學善財童子。《華嚴經》為什麼要顯現這樣的一樁事情?就是普勸大眾 – 包括等覺菩薩,和等覺以下的菩薩到阿鼻地獄度眾生。

我們講「阿鼻」叫無間 – 就是痛苦沒有間斷,叫「阿鼻地獄」;這個地獄比十八層地獄還要難受。可是奇怪,你念佛,就跟等覺菩薩差不多了,還剩一品「生相無明」。就差一品,他念佛也成佛。

地獄眾生汚染那麼嚴重,滿腦子惡念,不僅折磨別人,別人折磨他,一天到晚殺來、殺去。上刀山、下油鍋是真有。他要念佛,地獄就不見了,他也往生極樂世界。這是為什麼?說穿來,「眾生皆有佛性,只要跟佛性相應,你就可以完全恢復清淨光明的本體」,這個重要。聽經,前面聽不懂沒關係,聽這一段要聽懂,這一段要聽不懂,就麻煩。

阿彌陀佛極樂世界接引所有眾生。我跟各位說,一切諸佛為什麼那麼讚歎極樂世界?就是這個功用。極樂世界很妙!我們講毘盧遮那佛的華藏世界,我們去不了。你要像龍樹菩薩、像六祖大師、像蓮花生大士、宗喀巴這些人可以去;他們有資格,斷煩惱、伏煩惱,這個厲害。我們算什麼!我們那一根草、那一根花,名不見經傳。不要忘記了,我們有佛性。

今天念佛是念佛性。念佛性,就是念阿彌陀佛,念極樂世界阿彌陀佛的願力。這事情難信,比一般的佛法都要難信。連「等覺」菩薩很多都不信,說我們修了無量劫才證到「等覺」。念佛怎麼可能一生就成佛了呢?所以他不信的。(「等覺」就等於「無上正等正覺」,是第五十二品。他五十二品,破到四十個「無明」,還差一品,就可圓滿成佛了!)

很多往生去的眾生,老太婆、老公公,男女老少都有。前兩天也有一位同修的小孩子,才十三歲就走了。好像是腦瘤,走了。走了大家有去助念,聽說走的時候還不錯,很好,大家給她念佛。

那位媽媽我也碰到,我勸她「念佛」。

我說:「妳要放下。」

我說:「 妳女兒示現這現象就是來渡你的!妳要能好好念佛到極樂世界去,將來不是去了。」

說這麼說,就這麼幾句話,她真要念,到極樂世界她就嚇一跳。為什麼?那個世界你去了,真是不僅成佛,你會看到一切眾生苦的現象,你馬上見了阿彌陀佛一面,就化身回來,分身無量來渡眾生。因為這方法太方便了,太有效了。

我們現在講好像勸人家,實際上我不是以勸她的心理勸她,我知道她有這個善根,她要真的念,就去了。

怎麼去?你真的念佛,見到佛菩薩真的在眼睛前面,就現在這地方,就是這樣。你心量多大,他就現多大的身。心量是盡虛空遍法界,他就現法身。阿彌陀佛如來的「法身」是毘盧遮那如來。

一切諸佛的「法身」你真的見到,見到的時候就是你成佛的時候。你真正發心 –  成佛渡眾,得佛菩薩加持 – 阿彌陀佛加持你。一切諸佛加持你,你不會有什麼煩惱的。什麼都交給他了。就像基督教一切交給主耶穌。

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