MASTER SHEN-LONG | Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 24
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Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 24

Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 24

[Series of Master Shen-Long expounding on the Prajna Paramita (Perfection of Transcendent Wisdom) Heart Sutra]

(Last week we ended with, “While chanting Amitabha, chant clearly each time, then your mind will not be disorderly; this is a useful method.”)

Therefore, in accordance with the Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra after you purified, you will initiate omniscient penetrative ability with clear perception. To have omniscient penetrative ability with clear perception emerges an internal state of tranquility exempt from all external sensations. Reaching an internal state of tranquility is called wisdom which is Prajna (wisdom). This word Sutra means guidebook.  We constantly mentioned the Holy Book (Bible) where “holy” means no defilement, so it is a guidebook without defilements. Christianity talks about the Lord.

What does the “Lord” mean? It means you must be able to be in the position to decide.

Buddhism talks about being a Buddha, as you must able to become a Buddha.

What is the meaning of being a Buddha? You can control your life, your life and death.

We currently all experience dispensation of life and death in various forms sometimes this way, sometimes that way. We go through life and death daily, getting up in the morning activates one thought, five minutes later you activate another thought; one thought produces, another thought extinct, and in addition to idling your time away, what do you do then?

You figure out a pile of tricks.  However, thinking with those tricks for a long time, you become weary and tired. In addition, you cannot turn it around. Everyone thinks about this carefully from your mind, we all have this problem – these are basic afflictions. Basic afflictions are not separate from three things – greed, resentment, and ignorance. If you have “greed”, then you must have afflictions. For instance: eating too much will cause indigestion and diarrhea. The cause is greed; the result is discomfort in the belly and diarrhea. “Resentment” is greed for something, and when one cannot get it, one is angered; no matter what it is, if things do not go in accordance with one’s own idea, one will get angry. “Ignorance” is when one becomes muddle-headed and does not know what to do in this life and is confused the whole day while living one’s life.

All of you here have a decent life, but you do not know what to do every day. You feel you are locked in a difficult condition, feel unwell and are also unable to delve deeply among the local people, and seemingly feel that there is no way to be rescued; this is speaking from a negative way of looking at things. From a positive way of looking at things, you have a job, you have financial ability and to a certain extent you can help everyone. Is this so? No, this is not it. These are phenomena. Phenomena vary in accordance with cause and condition. You think it is real, but then it is the end. You think clearly that life is fundamentally a dream. In this dream, how you want to do.

Since it is a dream, who is having this dream? I am having this dream.

If I am having this dream, then can I control this dream?

If all of you go home to have a dream, you can control this dream, then congratulations to you, your fate of life and death can be controlled by you.

Therefore, Buddhism states:  the most serious problem is being unable to control your life and death, that is the trouble.

Why do we not know where we were born from?

When dying, why do we not know where we will go?

One only can follow the worldly ways of thinking and views of doing. There is another serious problem – ego face. It is unknown how many deaths ego face has caused.

What is ego face? It is a layer of skin on our face.

How did this layer of skin form? It is from a worldly way of thinking and looking at things.

Every day we want to live in this kind of narrow scope of life. We constantly compare ourselves to others, you insist on being angry with yourself and others. The problem is your anger does not go anywhere. Every day we have all been angry about something; this is certain. Regardless of whether it is with immense anger or minor anger.  You need to think, who gets hurt in the end?

It is yourself.

>>Click here to read the full series of Master Shen-Long expounding on Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra

 

所以【般若波羅密多心經】,你清淨以後,就起「觀照」。有「觀照」,就會生「定」。有「定」以後,就叫「智慧」,就是「般若」。這個「經」的意思是指南。我們講「聖經」,「聖」是沒有污染的指南。基督教有時候也講主啊。

「主」的意思是什麼?是你要能做的了主。

佛家講做「佛」,你要能夠做「佛」。

做佛是什麼意思?你能夠掌握你自己的生命、生死。

我們現在都有「分段生死」,一下這樣,一下那樣;每天都生死。早上起來,一個念頭。過五分鐘又一個念頭生,一個念頭滅,又無所事事。怎麼辦?

想一大堆花樣。可是花樣想久了疲乏、疲倦;想翻身也翻不了。每個人內心細細去想,都有這個問題,叫基本煩惱。基本煩惱,逃不過三個事叫「貪、瞋、痴」。你貪,你一定有煩惱。譬如:多吃了、吃雜了,肚子不舒服,拉肚子。因是「貪」。果呢?肚子不舒服,拉肚子。「瞋」,貪不到就生氣,不照自己的意思,他就生氣了。「痴」,愚痴久了人,就迷糊,不知道人生是做什麼,整天慒慒懂懂的過日子。

在座各位能到這兒來,在這裡生活還都不錯,但是每天不知道做什麼。很困難,很難受,也無法深入,好像沒有什麼方法可以挽救。這是一種負面。正面的是說:你有個工作,你現在有經濟能力,你到某一個程度了,然後幫助大家。這是不是?這不是的。這叫現象。現象只能說,是隨因緣而變,你要以為是真的,那你就完了。你如果再想清楚,人生根本就是夢。這夢裡面看你怎麼做。

即然是夢,誰做的?我做的。

自己作夢,那有辦法;你能不能控制這個夢?

如果各位回去做夢,你能控制這個夢,那恭喜你了,那生死你就能控制。

所以佛家講:最嚴重的問題,就是你不能控制生死。

那麻煩。

我們生不知道從那裡來?

死又到那裡去不知道?

他只能隨世俗的想法、看法去做。還一個間題很嚴重,面子。這個面子不知要死多少人。

這面子是什麼?臉上一層皮。

皮是怎麼形成的?世俗的想法和看法。

我們每天要活在這種很狹窄的生活範圍當中,人比人,你一定要氣死人。問題是你生氣沒有用,我們每天都生氣,這一定的。不管它是大氣,是小氣;你要想一想最後傷的是誰?

就是自己。

>>Click here to read the full series of Master Shen-Long expounding on Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra

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