MASTER SHEN-LONG | Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 97
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Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 97

Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 97

(Last week we ended with, “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.”)

 

Today we explain the practice of giving all of you should carefully experience from every little bit of your mind and expand to the end of the existence of open spaces and all over the universe. It is based on purity, equality, enlightenment, compassion and radiance. If you do not have this base, the practice of giving will not in perfection, let alone to become Buddha.

Just a moment ago, someone mentioned: “After listening to the Sutra explaining, I then realized the need to learn Buddha’s way.”

Since this is the case, we learn the Buddha’s way. We must understand learning the Buddha’s way is what principle of Buddhism.

Learning the Buddha’s way, is in fact the practice of giving, letting go of all afflictions of your body and mind which includes the inner body and outer body, inner mind and outer mind; without exception letting go of all is called the practice of giving. The moment you can truly let go, then your life changes from that moment onward. Then your life is no longer a human way of living, it is called an enlightened way of living. If you still have the concept of how “my” life should be, in that case it is all over.

Since, you are learning Buddha’s way, then you should change yours to be “Buddha living”, not the human way of living.

In addition, I have one thing to report to everyone; the practice of giving is to cultivate thought arising in the mind, that way is better. If you attach the most importance to materiality, it is very hard to have attainment.

Just like chanting Amitabha, chant at thought arising in the mind. It is also the same way to practicing of giving; when thought arising in the mind, your thought is clear with crystal clarity, so let it go. How to let it go? By chanting Amitabha to let go.

As a matter of fact, chanting Amitabha cultivates all Six Paramitas, but you need to know how to chant properly. There are no other tricks, it is precisely to change on your concept.

Why do modern people to cultivate oneself in right practice do not gain competent? It is because secular concept is too serious. Every day you practice of giving your secular concept away; this is same as chanting Amitabha.

Chanting Amitabha is not necessarily limited to using the mouth to chant, or must be the name of Amitabha; no, it is not so. Chanting Amitabha is a broad sense. The narrow way is chanting Amitabha Buddha, the broad way also chants Infinite Light or Infinite Life, which is equally chanting the name of Amitabha. Sigh! It is different. The eyes see to become sight, the ears hear to become sound, but all is Amitabha and all cultivates the practice of giving. The most essential fact is that you cannot have discrimination and attachment; this is the key!

Today we explain the practice of giving first, from the perspective of small to big, expanding from the individual to the end of the existence of open spaces and all over the universe. Therefore, if you genuinely want to chant Amitabha with competence, then let go of your body and mind.

In putting forth my body and mind devotedly to numberless lands,

this is to be known as to repay Buddha’s kindness.

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(六)  布施波羅蜜

(上星期講到: 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。)

我們今天講「布施」,各位要細心去體會,從小的內心一點一滴,大到盡虛空、遍法界。基礎是清淨、平等、覺悟、慈悲、光明。如果你沒有基礎,「布施」就不圓滿。不要說成佛了。

剛剛早先有同修講,聽了經,才曉得要學佛了。既然我們今天學佛,就要了解學佛是什麼個道理。

學佛,實際上就是「布施」;把自己的身心煩惱一切,身內、身外、心內、心外,一切都放下,叫「布施」。你能夠真正放下,什麼時候放下,你的人生就什麼時候改變。就不叫人生,就叫覺悟的生活。如果你還有觀念,說「我」人生應該怎麼過,那完了。

既然學佛,要變成「佛生」,不是人生。

而且我發現一個事情,跟各位報告一下。「布施」,你要能夠「在起心、動念上修」,那比較好。如果你只是以物質為主,很難修成。

就像念佛,起心、動念上念。「布施」也是一樣,在起心、動念一來,念頭清清楚楚,明明白白,把它放下。要怎麼放?用念佛放。

其實念佛,六度全修,可是要會念。沒有別的竅門,就是你的觀念上把它改掉。

就講現代人為什麼修行不得力?就是世俗觀念太嚴重。每天把你世俗觀念「布施」掉,也叫「念佛」。

念佛不是一定是嘴念,一定要阿彌陀佛,不是。念佛是廣義的。狹義的是念一句阿彌陀佛佛號;廣義的也是念「無量光、無量壽」,一樣念阿彌陀佛佛號,欸!不一樣,眼遇之成色,耳聞之成音,全部都是阿彌陀佛,全部都是修「布施」。最重要就是不能去分別、執著,這個重要。

我們今天先把「布施」講一遍,從小的到大,從個人到盡虛空、遍法界。

所以你真正要念佛得力,就把你的身心放下。

「身心奉塵剎,是名報佛恩」。

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