MASTER SHEN-LONG | Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 56
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Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 56

Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 56

(Last week we ended with: This is not easy to explain in ancient times, there was no nominal definition like this. I mentioned it last time, there were no names for this, no terminology, only modern science has this term.  Ancient eminent monks were truly capable.)

 

I have seen many Transformation bodies of Buddha and Bodhisattva. The Transformation Body is wonderful. They come here with provisional manifestation to become like everyone, aggregation of ions and gathering of ions in the air. It is also composed of skin, bones, flesh, tendons, arteries and veins, and brain; this image is a combination with different equations. When this image is formed, people are confused and think that the image is true. He becomes our colleague and performs with us. After the end of his performance, he leaves. The so-called leaving refers to “Parinirvana” or perfect extinction. The meaning of “perfect extinction” is energy transfer, this is normal life. A normal life is to have Six Supernatural abilities, that is normal.  We are not normal here; why is it not normal? Unsure of life and death. We are not sure about tomorrow; we do not know about the next second; this is not normal. Therefore, only then is there an insurance system, only then is there life insurance and health insurance.

You look at these enlightened people, do not misunderstand people who are enlightened are not limited to those who have left home to become monks or nuns. Nowadays there are many fake monks and nuns. Really “leaving home to become a monk or nun” is for one to exit from the home of afflictions; it is not just changing the external appearance, make no mistake about this. Exiting from the home of affliction means there is no more affliction called to renounce the secular life.

This phenomenon looks at how the enlightened one roams for pleasure: we see him in Taipei, in Los Angeles, we see him here, and hundreds of places simultaneously. Different appearances, languages, and bodily forms. Also, in the animal world, as birds and beasts; he wants to help all of them. To help all living beings is very simple. How to help?  By showing them, no afflictions, no worries. If one is envious, tell one the method; this is to help one.

Unsuccessful? If it does not work, we would not help. Just like we are not sure about doing things now, but even being not sure, give it a try. There is no such thing, the enlightened one is without this kind of mindset of giving things a try. Each word and deed, every movement, all exist one’s impact. When this effect disappears in the crowd, then the enlightened one has left. This is called the Transformation Body, where one does provisional manifestation. Just like Shakyamuni Buddha in India 3,000 years ago, a total presence and the general representative. There are too many other Transformation bodies, but the common people with earthly vision sees nothing at all.

Basically, looking from the insight of all as the absence of inherent existence, all beings are equal, because you no longer have attachments to the existence. Now people on earth are obsessed with materialistic things; the car is real, house is real, people are real; male and female, old and young are all real. Thinking about it carefully, is it true? All are the composition of cells.  Cells go through metabolism. Not taking a bath for 3 days, there is a layer of filth and sweat on the body. What is that?  The corpse of dead cells.

A person begins to deteriorate after the age of 40 or 50 years and say goodbye at the age of 70 or 80, and then decay. It is the cycle of “formation, continuance, decline and disintegration” or “birth, aging, sickness and death”. Same as a house and car. After taking apart the components piece by piece, is it still called a car? No, all that is left is a bunch of car components. Further analysis of the car components, after grinding it to powder form, does it not become ions?  In the end, the ions disappear without a trace because of the chemical reactions.

We did not have this education since childhood called the “analysis the insight of all as the absence of inherent existence” – analysis of the phenomena about illusory nature of all existence. This is not wisdom yet, but it is the preliminary. After this analysis is complete, your life will start an impact of optimism and you will continue to forge ahead.

Ordinary people have misunderstood this; thinking after everything is fully analyzed then nothing is there, what is the meaning of living then? They are wrong, because none of them have ever followed this path. If you see things clearly, then playing cards can be very interesting.  You go to Las Vegas and play slot machines, clearly knowing ahead of time whether you win or lose. It does not mean you are unable to do things, do not be mistaken; the phenomena of game play is clearly knowing how to make money. But the phenomena of fame and wealth are no longer of any use to you.

Why? Because when you want fame you will have fame; when you want money or benefits, you have the money and benefits. How to get it do you know?  It is unmoved, the mind is fixed and undisturbed by any phenomena and money comes naturally.

Before the venerable Buddhist Master Guang-Qin built a place for teaching and learning enlightenment, there was no need for him to beg for alms and solicit contributions. Wherever he went, his pure energy penetrated through local people’s minds, and the place of enlightenment was naturally accomplished. What does he need fame for? What does he need benefit for?  Money is no use to him, it is just like the filthy earth, something of little value. The people of the world are completely opposite, are we not?

The secular people need to have big houses, good cars, do nothing but travel high and low to enjoy the sights of mountains and rivers. Die a natural death, have an extravagant and polished funeral portraying the likeness of the deceased as though they are still here.

The truly enlightened one needs nothing, without even a penny in the pocket. His enjoyment as the whole universe isn’t much of his playground, he will be where he wants to be and in addition, he has no rebirth and death phenomena.

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(四 )     空、假、中三觀

 

(上星期講到: 這事情古代不好講,沒有名詞講。上次也提過,古代沒有名詞,現代科學發展有這個名詞。古代像這些高僧大德,他真有能力。)

「化身」,我們這一生看過很多化身;化身很妙的,他來這裡化現跟大家一樣,離子聚集,把空氣中的離子聚集起來。也是皮膚、骨、肉、筋脈、腦髓組成的,用不同方程式組合這個相。相一成,我們這些人糊裡糊塗以為他是真的。他來跟我們同事,跟我們表演。完了以後,走了。所謂走了,就是圓寂了。「圓寂」的意思,是能量轉移了,這是正常人生。正常人生是六種神通,正常。我們這裡是不正常,為什麼不正常?對生死沒有把握。對明天也沒有把握。下一秒鐘也不知道,這不正常。所以才會有保險制度,才會有人壽保險、健康保險。

你去看這些覺悟的人,各位不要誤會,覺悟的人不僅只有出家人。現在很多出家人是假的。真正「出家」是出煩惱家,不是出外面那個相,不要搞錯了。出煩惱家,沒有煩惱了,這叫出家。

這種現象,看他遊戲:在台北也看到他,美國洛杉磯也看到他,我們這裡也看到他,同時幾百個地方都是他。不同的相貌,不同的語言,不同的身體。動物界也有,飛禽、走獸都有,他要去渡他們。所謂「渡」,就是幫助的意思,沒有那麼神。渡眾生很簡單,幫助他。怎麼幫助?表演給他看,沒有煩惱、沒有憂慮。他如果很羨慕了,告訴他方法,這就幫助他。

成不成?如果不成,也不會去幫了。就像我們現在做事沒有把握的,都沒把握的,試試看;沒有的。覺悟者沒有試試看這種事情。一言一行,一舉一動,他有作用。當這作用在人群中消失的時候,他就走了,這叫作「化身」,他化現。就像釋迦牟尼佛三千年前到印度來,那是個總現,是總代表。其他的化身太多了,肉眼凡夫什麼都見不到。

基本上從「空觀」來看,一切眾生平等,因為你不執著有。現在地球上的人執著物質,汽車是真的,房子是真的,人是真的,男女老少是真的。仔細想一想是不是真的?都是細胞組成的。細胞新陳代謝,三天不洗澡,身上一層汗垢。那是什麼?屍體,細胞屍體。

四、五十年後人就衰老,七、八十歲就再見了,爛掉了。成住壞滅,生老病死。汽車、房子也是。汽車零件一拆開,是不是叫汽車?不是的,零件。零件再分析,磨成粉,是不是離子?離子最後因為化學反應,消失無影無蹤。

我們因為從小沒有這個教育,這叫「析空觀」 – 分析空的現象。這還不是智慧,不過是初步。這樣分析完了以後,人生起了一個作用:樂觀進取。

一般人誤會,什麼都分析,都沒有了,活的有什麼意思。搞錯了。因為他從來沒有這樣做過,如果你把事情看得清清楚楚,打牌就有意思了。去賭城 – 拉斯維加斯,吃角子老虎一拉,你就知道。不是不能做事,不要搞錯了;遊戲的現象是怎麼賺錢一清二楚。名利現象對你毫無用處。

為什麼?要名有名,要利有利。

怎麼要,你知道?不動,心不動自然來。

以前廣欽老和尚蓋道場,還要化緣募捐嗎?他走到那裡,那個清淨的磁場穿透到當地的人心,自然而然,道場就成立了。要什麼名?要什麼利?錢對他一點用處都沒有,如糞土一般。我們世間人相反,錢越多越好。

我們世俗人是這樣,對不對?蓋大房子,買好車子,遊山玩水。壽終正寢的時候,要辦的風風光光,音容宛在!

真正覺悟者不需要,口袋沒有半毛錢,但是他的受用,地球算什麼,想到那裡就去那裡;而且沒有生、沒有死。

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