MASTER SHEN-LONG | Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 14
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Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 14

Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 14

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

Jesus, through his whole life what did he demonstrate? He demonstrated wisdom.

When he was crucified on a cross, he made the statement that he will resurrect in three days and then he proved it.

What did he prove? He does not have the phenomena of life and death. Therefore, he resurrected. He used this kind of education way to teach people at that time.

However, in the East, there was the Sixth Patriarch of Dhyana (Zen) Buddhism, Hui-Neng. The teaching of the Buddha was transmitted to China during an early time. Later it was annihilated in India, but in China it reached a great height of development. The most well-known story was about the Sixth Patriarch of Dhyana (Zen) Buddhism, who was illiterate and did not know how to write, like a person without knowledge.

When he went to see the Fifth Patriarch, the Fifth Patriarch asked him: “What do you come here for?”

He replied: “I come here to be Buddha.”

It was strange he answered this way, he was illiterate, how could he know?

He also stated that:

            The mind of the disciple constantly expands with wisdom.

Wisdom is Prajna. We are not like him and if the Master were to ask us, we would say: “The mind of the disciple constantly generates afflictions”. This is for sure. For if you do not have afflictions, you would not become human.

The Chinese character for human is “人” and has a left-slanting brushstroke and a right-slanting brushstroke, which represents either “gain or loss, right or wrong, good or bad, virtue or evil, so on and so forth”; all behaves like the theory of relative opposites.

Let us look at the Sixth Patriarch, after he clearly understood the true facts of the universe, this so called “having achieve supreme enlightenment” means thoroughly understanding life in this universe.

What was this experience for himself? It is explained in the Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch.

The Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch was a recording of his words after he became enlightened. A “Sutra” is a guidebook. If we want to have enlightenment, we follow his method; this is the origin of Dhyana (Zen) Buddhism. Very simply, his method is to be disillusioned with all phenomena and to let go of all phenomena. His way of being disillusioned with all and letting go in a split second, and even if we cannot do it in an instant, we should try. Let us practice it for 10 years and see if it works or not. If we can let go of one grade of our delusional thought and attachment, then you will have one grade of wisdom, and one grade of Prajna; the purpose is to resolve this illusion of life and death.   Although it is an illusion and you still need to work on it.

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你看耶蘇這一生表現了什麼?他表現了智慧。

你們到獄場去,他說他三天之後要復活了,他證明了。

證明什麼?他沒有生死。所以他復活,用這種教育方法,教育當時西方人。

我們東方人,六祖惠能。佛法,很早以前就傳入中國。傳入中國後,後來在印度滅,在中國發揚光大。最著名的歷史有禪宗六祖,他一個字都不認識,好像沒有知識的人。

當他去見五祖,五祖說:「你來做什麼?」

他說:「我來做佛。」

奇怪這個他答的出來。他一個字都不認識,他怎麼知道?

他自己也講:「弟子心中常生智慧。」

智慧就是「般若」。我們不是。如果師父問我們,我們說:「弟子心中常生煩惱,」這一定的。如果你沒煩惱,你不會變成人。

「人」字不是二撇,一撇一捺,得失、是非、好壞、善惡,相對論。

我們看看六祖,他看清宇宙真相以後,所謂大徹大悟;叫做徹底看透宇宙人生。

他的體驗是什麼?就是【六祖壇經】。

【六祖壇經】是他所說的話。「經」叫做指南。我們要覺悟,就照他那個方法。很簡單,這就是禪宗的由來。很簡單,看的破、放的下。

他那個看破、放下,是一剎那的。我們雖做不到一剎那,試試看。做個十年看看可不可以。我們一天放下一分、一分妄想、執著,你就有一分智慧,一分「般若」;而目的是要解決這一條生死的幻覺。雖是幻覺,但你要做。

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