06 Apr Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Preface
[Series of Master Shen-Long expounding on Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra]
Primarily, everyone’s self-nature is a universal phenomenon, they are one and undivided; it initiates endless and boundless meritorious functions, has wonderful Tathagata mind of non-creation (beginning) and non-extinction (ending) of all phenomena, and all does not extend beyond Prajna (wisdom). Shakyamuni Buddha explained the teachings for forty-nine years, all revealed from this mind, and all became the supreme truth of the Prajnaparamita Sutra. This is the great merit and virtue within the wisdom ocean of Buddha, who constantly roars like a lion awakening unlimited beings! He fulfillsall Buddha’s tasks and wishes, so all sentient and non-sentient beings can attain perfect Buddha wisdom,allis not apart from this indestructible enlightened omniscient penetrative ability andtrue wisdom of Prajna. This is named “the Diamond (Indestructible) Prajna-Paramita (perfection of transcendent wisdom)”.
The Indestructible Prajna (wisdom) is the key for all living beings to become Buddha which all living beingsand Buddha possess inherently. If one wants to recover the mighty ability of our indestructible Prajna, then one needs to turn from the distracting thoughts with affliction to being purified of defiling illusion and no desire. Transform one’s worry and fear into being the master of one self’s brightness. At all times to be placid and with none dispute. At every moment, to concentrate your attention to have mindfulness of Amitabha.
If one can follow this way to cultivate mentally and physically, and persist with it over time, then indulging in the ways of the human world will certainly vanish. At the right moment, one will have a flash of understanding to eradicate the unenlightened condition. Instantly, you will see your own nature,naturally realizing one’s own naive conscience. One begins to know that all Buddha and all the beings of present, past and future from ten directions of the universe are one and from the same Dharma Body (true nature body), and all is but oneself and that is all. So, one gets a thorough understanding of the truth, forever without doubt. To only see the phenomena of “birth, aging, illness and death” are as if they are illusions, the emotions of “delight, anger, sadness, happiness” are as dreams and images of “mountains, rivers and earth” are created from our fleeting thoughts; life of the universe is the phenomena of momentarily rising and falling in asplit second. From then on, you will have a playful manner towards life on earth, follow one’s predestined affinity to help and enlighten all, be the master of yourself, and freely go anywhere at will completely with no concerns. This is the normal life of all living beings and Buddha. The morality standard of one’s personal character and dignity is eternally unchanged, distinctly real and not unreal. Doing it this way is to bemindful of Amitabha wholeheartedly, directly entering the supreme and inconceivable state of the indestructible Prajna.
With the blessing of the awe-inspiring Buddha, I explain the Prajna-Paramita Heart Sutra publicly. I take the title of the Sutra and discuss it finely and in detail, to help peopleunderstand the objective and essential points of this Sutra; hoping one can comply with the meaning of the Sutra and simultaneously understand the Sutra scripture. I hope that people who are brought by fate from ten directions of the universe,all received the essence of true wisdom and all reality through contact by any one of the six sense organs. One is certainly capable of cutting off afflictions, exit the suffering sea, chant Amitabha, and verify one’s true feature. One understands fully and clearly that chanting Amitabha wholeheartedly is the indestructible Prajna. To be reborn in the Pure Land of Amitabha is Paramita. The essentials of all truth, all comes forth from the Heart Sutra. The entire realm of phenomena returns toward the state of nothing can lay hold of. A merciful ferry is universally ferrying across,an ordinary person and a saint are one and undivided. In the ocean of Nirvana Light, there neither exists any being nor Buddha!
Tripitaka divides into twelve volumes, without leaving Amitabha of my mind;
Practicing profound Prajna cultivation, mind observes being the master of myself Buddha.
If one knows nothing can lay hold of, one would chant Amitabha wholeheartedly;
Chanting Amitabha truthfully, granting oneself with a Dharma Body Buddha.
Xiao-Yao comprehended in Nirvana light