MASTER SHEN-LONG | Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 6
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Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 6

Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 6

[Series of Master Shen-Long expounding on Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra]

(Last week we ended with, “Besides, merit and virtue cannot be attained by doing; it must be initiated from seeking no gain in mind”.)

 

Returning to our main topic, seeking no gain is too difficult. Our modern generation, how is it possible that you request them to “seek no gain”. Specially, modern education teaches all to seek gain; therefore, “having gain” changes the human mind. You, who seeks gain for a long while, will emerge with greed. After a long period under the state of greed, one becomes confused. After being confused, one starts to have delusional thought, discrimination and attachment.

During that time, Bodhidharma passed the method of Samadhi (the one-pointedness of the mind), precisely it is “this moment”.

What is “this moment”? It is now, at this instant moment, you are without delusional thought, attachment and discrimination.

This is the teaching of Buddha; others are religion. Religion is considered to be comprised of external marks and is artificial.

What is the Buddha teaching? It is your inherent pure fundamental essence. That is the Buddha teaching, the teaching of enlightenment.

The pure fundamental essence manifests from where? It manifests precisely within one’s “eyes, ears, nose, mouth, body and mind” to produce the “sight, sound, smell, taste, touch and idea”; it manifests in our daily life.

Many people state; how to practice cultivation? It is simply by removing the external marks of religion; and to clearly understand its theories and methods.

All religions can be summarized in one condition: purified of defiling illusion.

Before Buddhism was transmitted to China there was Daoism, which emphasized peacefulness and inaction. Also, there was Confucianism, which emphasizedWealth and honors are to me as floating clouds. It is also a state of peacefulness and inaction. After Buddhism transmitted, then Dhyana (Zen) Buddhism was also transmitted, and the Sixth Patriarch integrated all and became the Patriarch Dhyana (Zen) School.

The Dhyana (Zen) school can be divided into two schools:

  1. Tathagata Dhyana (Zen) Buddhism, from Shakyamuni Buddha transmitted downto the 28th Patriarch – Bodhidharma.
  2. Patriarch Dhyana (Zen) Buddhism, from Bodhidharma transmitted down to the Sixth Patriarch Hui-Neng.

As a matter of fact, both are one with regards to purity, equality, enlightenment and compassion.

Therefore, when speaking of Prajna (wisdom), the day you are purified of defiling illusion and have the pure natural way of behaving in harmony with the true nature of all things, then it is exactly called Prajna; this is known as wisdom.

In this case, during the time the Sixth Patriarch became enlightened, let us talk about this fundamental essence. That very same year he became enlightened at the age of 24. People say that the day you become enlightened, you retain the eternal appearance of that age. To become enlightened at 5 years old, one looks like a child; the Sixth Patriarch was at the age of 24. Even though he reached 60 years old, he kept the look and appearance of a 24 year old. If you go to Nan-Hua Monastery in China, go visit the full body relic of Master Hui-Neng, this is the testimony he left behind.  Although his soul left, his body remains unspoiled.

That is inconceivable, why? To explain in a modern way, it is the energy. His energy has not changed, and has no fluctuations.

No fluctuations. Strangely, one’s body will generate what kind of transformation? It generates the state of being the master of one’s self.

As stated at the beginning of the Heart Sutra:

To have perfect insight of being the master of one’s self.

 Where is this being the master of one’s selffrom?

It does not mean that you do not care about anything, no. It means that all phenomena of “birth, aging, sickness, and death” of life in the universe and the living phenomena of all sentient beings are thoroughly understood by you. This is being the master of one’s self.

Islam also emphasizes that you cannot have thought movement.

What is thought movement? No thought of “killing, stealing or excessive lust attachment”. But nowadays, some modern Muslims do not follow this teaching and they distort the meaning.

From the aspect of religion, they also talk about no thought movement, let alone the education of the enlightenment way. Therefore, I say Buddhism is an enlightenment education. All religions are a form of education. Since it is education, then you should know what does it teach.

We need to think, worship Buddha, and chant the name of Buddha daily:

What kind of phenomena are we worshipping?

What mindfulness are you having?

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(一)     無住和四智

(上星期講到:而且功德不是用做的,功德是你沒有求。)

話說回來,如果是「無求」,太難了。現代人,你要叫他無求,怎麼可能。尤其現代的教育一切都是求,所以「求」字就把人心變了。求久了,人就貪。貪久了,人就迷。迷久了就妄想、執著、分別。

當年達摩祖師傳「禪定」的方式就是「當下」。

什麼叫「當下」?就是現在、此時此刻,你心裡沒有妄想、執著、分別。

這是佛法,其它是宗教。宗教是外相,宗教是人為。

「佛法」是什麼?是你自己本來清淨的本體,那是佛法,覺悟之法。

清淨本體在那裡顯現?就在「眼、耳、鼻、舌、身、意」、「色、聲、香、味、觸、法」中顯現,在日常生活中顯現。

很多人講修行怎麼修?把一切宗教的外表拿掉,把它理論、方法搞清楚。

所有宗教歸納只有一個清淨。

中國本來佛教沒傳來前是道家,道家講:「清淨無為」。還有儒家講:「富貴於我如浮雲」,也是清淨無為。佛家傳來後,禪宗再傳進來後,六祖就把它融合變成中國的「祖師禪」。

「禪」分兩種:

(一)如來禪, 是釋迦牟尼佛傳到西天二十八祖達摩。

(二)祖師禪, 達摩一直傳到六祖,這是「祖師禪」。

其實是一個東西,就是清淨、平等、覺悟、慈悲。

所以講「般若」,你那一天清淨無為了,就叫「般若」,就叫智慧。

那你想六祖當年開悟,要講原來這個本體。當年開悟二十四歲,人家講你幾歲開悟,永遠就保持那個年紀。五歲開悟看起來就像小孩子;六祖二十四歲到他六十幾歲,還像二十四歲的樣子。有機會到南華寺,去看一看六祖肉身,這是他留下的證據。雖然靈魂離開了,肉身還是不壞。

那東西很妙,為什麼?現代的解釋是磁場,就是他的磁場沒有變,沒有波動。

那沒有波動,人身就奇怪,就產生什麼變化?產生自在。

心經》一開頭不是講:「觀自在」。這個自在怎麼來?

不是說你凡事不在乎,不是﹔是你對宇宙人生一切生老病死的現象、跟一切生靈的生命現象完全透徹,這叫「自在」。

回教也講你不能動一個念頭,動什麼念頭?「殺盜淫」不能動。現代回教當然不是這樣,扭曲了。

你看宗教尚且講不動念,何況覺悟的教育。所以我說「佛教」是「覺悟之教」。所有宗教都是教育。既然是教育,你就要知道它教你什麼?

我們想想,每天拜佛、念佛,是拜什麼樣的現象?

你是念什麼樣的現象?

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