MASTER SHEN-LONG | Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 96
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Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 96

Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 96

(Last week we ended with, “Even with only one degree is also pretty good, in this thought moment one has purified of defiling illusion is also not bad. To cultivate the practice of giving, you can do it at any time.”)

 

Cultivation as what I have just mentioned, there is no attachment to the image of self, no attachment to others, and both images of others and the self needs to be let go completely.

When encouraging all beings to chant Amitabha, you must not have your own understanding and views. Must not yearn for him to chant Amitabha properly; it is unnecessary. Your mind is clear and refreshed to persuade, whether he listens or not, that is his business.  Doing this way will not have any after-effects.

Do not use mundane mentality to persuade all beings to chant (mindfulness) Amitabha; this is the practice of giving genuinely. Must be by the means of a purified mind of defiling illusion to persuade all beings to chant (mindfulness) Amitabha, use a compassionate mind, and use a shining mind to persuade all beings to chant (mindfulness) Amitabha; this is the practice of giving genuinely.

In ancient times, looking at all the Patriarchs of the Pure Land Buddhism, they all truly displayed a phenomenon, at the time of approaching death none of them left in confusion or with cognitive distortion, and went to be born to the Amitabha Pure Land. All of them left with clear minds.

The most current one is the 13th Patriarch Master Yin-Guang (印光大師). At the time of his leaving, He gave two brief sentences and said: “Amitabha is here and I need to go now”.

He left while sitting in a chair. Those people are certainly our models for the practice of giving.

The true venerable masters of Pure Land Buddhism, when they left none of them were in confusion or cognitive distortion state, and there was none left due to the illness. Yes, there was one who left the auspicious recumbent way, like the venerable lay practitioner Lee Bing-Nan (李炳南老居士), which was his manifestation.

He is a Buddha or Bodhisattva from the Amitabha Pure Land and he manifested to unite with Amitabha in mind by chanting Amitabha 24 hours without any distracting thoughts and without interruption. He manifested this condition and that is the only way all beings can do. He does the practice of giving his whole life; it was remarkable that there were a lot of people under his teaching who went and born to Amitabha Pure Land. Furthermore, he left no surplus from his life in this society; only a few worn-out undershirts, a few pairs of socks and one pair of shoes, and there were some of his Sutra explaining manuscripts; nothing else.

When we went to look at the Great Master of Yin-Guang (印光大師) room, there was nothing.

Why would those people manifest this way?

Some people even comment, does it not look so desolate?

No, they take material form to show us that they had practiced of giving away everything. Those venerable Patriarchs have so many followers and would offer them so many things, some made offering tonics, food and medicines; however, they practiced of giving all, everything, even the money donated from followers.

So, when we explain the Six Paramitas, by means of the practice of giving is the foundation. Indeed, you can practice of giving all completely, to have a clean body and mind until then, you gain competence in chanting Amitabha. “Gaining competence” is getting the supporting power from Amitabha, and to attain the unadulterated progress in your own power.

If you cannot do the practice of giving, then chanting Amitabha will have no power.  Why? Because you are self-centered.

The practice of giving cannot be judged from one’s external appearances, you should not be mistaken by this. There are many Buddha and Bodhisattva who manifest with extreme wealth, the clothing and stuff one wears, even just one watch valued at a few million dollars; certainly, there is, one is a Buddha or Bodhisattva. Also, there are many of the rich who are manifestations of Buddha or Bodhisattva returning to this life. You cannot judge others from their outer appearance.

It is strange; he is so wealthy; how come he does not donate two cars to me?

No, we cannot look at the external appearance and you should not have discrimination.

There are many people who live poorly, and I have just mentioned that there are many practitioners who even do not have shoes to wear, their entire life only had one piece of cloth. One does not need anything which is also another way of manifestation. The rich helps the rich people cross over to nirvana, the poor and upright ones help people who are poor and upright to cross over. Those of us who are moderately affluent, the middle class helps the people in the middle class to cross over. Without exception, we cannot cling to all phenomena; once you attach to the phenomenal characteristics, then no one can cultivate well.

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(六)  布施波羅蜜

(上星期講到: 一分也可以,這一念清淨也可以。修「布施」,隨時修。)

修的時候,我剛剛講過,「不著人相,不著我相」,人、我二相全部放下。

勸眾生念佛的時候,你不要有知見。不要希望你好好念,不要。心裡面清清爽爽勸念,聽不聽是他。這樣沒有後遺症。

不以世間心勸眾生念佛,這是「真布施」。要以清淨心勸眾生念佛,以慈悲心勸眾生念佛,以光明心勸眾生念佛,這是「真布施」。

古代,看淨土宗這些祖師,他們真正表現出來都有一個現象,臨終時候,沒有一個是迷惑、顛倒,往生極樂世界。沒有。都是清清楚楚、明明白白走的。

近代第十三代祖師 – 印光大師走的時候,交代兩句話,他說:「阿彌陀佛來了,我要走了。」

坐在椅子上走了。這些人,才是我們修「布施」的榜樣。

真正淨土宗的大德走的時候,沒有迷惑、顛倒,沒有說是生了病走的,沒有的。吉祥臥的,有。像李炳南老居士「吉祥臥」,他示現。

他是極樂世界來的佛菩薩,他示現「成片」,就是我們眾生能做到,他來示現。他一生「布施」,不得了,在他會下,往生極樂世界的人,大有其人。而且他一生沒有多餘的東西留在這社會,就幾件破汗衫,幾雙襪子,一雙皮鞋,其它沒有了。然後,就是講經的手稿,就這樣。

那印光大師,我們去看他的關房,裡面什麼都沒有。

這些人為什麼要示現這個?

有的人講這是不是看的很淒涼?

不是的,他們的示現就告訴我們,「布施」光了。

這些祖師大德,信徒送的東西,送的補品、醫藥,所有東西他都「布施」掉了,送的錢全部「布施」光光了。

所以要講「六度」 – 「六波羅蜜」,以「布施」為基礎。確實你能「布施」的乾乾淨淨,身心乾乾淨淨,念佛才得力。得力就是得到佛力加持,得到自力的「精進」。

如果你不能「布施」,念佛也沒有力量。為什麼?因為以「我」為中心。

「布施」不是從外面形相上看,各位不要搞錯了。有很多佛菩薩示現是極度有錢的人,身上穿的戴的,一個錶幾千萬,確實是有,那是佛菩薩。也有很多的這些有錢人,佛菩薩轉世的,佛菩薩化現的。你不能用外表來看他。

奇怪,他這麼有錢,怎麼沒送我兩部車子呢?

不能,我們不能看外面的表相,你不要去分別。

還有的人很苦,剛剛我們不是講,很多修行人連鞋子都沒有穿的,一生就一件衣服,他什麼都不要。這也是一種示現。富貴的渡富貴的,清貧的渡清貧的,像我們小康,中間的渡中間人。一切不能著相。一著相,什麼都修不好。

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