29 Jan 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.