MASTER SHEN-LONG | Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 23
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Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 23

Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 23

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

(Last week we ended with, “We all know that the minds of the people of this society are all defiled. It is not truly defiled, but rather their minds are dissatisfied.”)

We all can now see the phenomena of this world, where people’s minds are dissatisfied, and therefore they struggle, but also struggle for love, one struggle being dissatisfied within oneself. Secondly, one has not purified which is to say that one’s way of thinking, looking at things, thoughts, sayings, doing and so forth are all too chaotic, and are without a break. This is more troublesome than the outer environment. Some people comment: “The outside environment is so bad, we cannot live and stay”. This is only secondary; the true serious problem is the disordered mind. The mind is afflictive and is unable to get over it.

You ask the one: “For what reason are you unable to understand it?”

You explain all different kinds of theory to him, he will already know it all.

But he says: “I cannot do it. “

This means one has not truly figured it out yet. If you have truly figured it out, it is impossible to not be done, and impossible for you to still have afflictions. Therefore, everyone needs to think over these three layers of meaning representing this condition: you want to attain the condition of having perfect insight of being the master of one’s self, you must learn how to be purified of, this is where the importance lies.

Everyone knows the teaching of the Buddha have 84,000 methods to enlightenment.  Every method is aimed at this problem of the purified mind. Last time I mentioned that currently the best and the most convenient method to enlightenment is chanting “Amitabha”.

Even Christianity also chants the name Lord Jesus Christ; the principle is the same. They teach you to gather all your distracted thoughts and delusional thoughts to concentrate on the name of Buddha and Christ; everyone knows this principle, but the question is whether you can get it done?

If, for 24 hours a day, you can have 10 minutes without delusional thoughts, then your way of thinking and looking at things will change. You play an important role. It is not affiliated with external eating, drinking and being merry, does not connect with your business as being any kind of professional, and does not obstruct your work and social activities; it belongs to Mental Dharma (teaching); therefore, it is called the Heart Sutra. Mental Dharma (teaching)has a condition which you need to practice in the moment of activated mind and arising thought – this is most important.

This activation of mind causes the arising of thought, it is this “thought”.

We feel very tired today, think, why do we get tired?

95% of your physical capability is consumed by your delusional thoughts, is this right?

If you got up this morning with peace in mind, live life in a regular pattern, you are unlikely to have delusional thought. You sleep well, eat well; and whether you eat more quantity or less quantity, it is unhindered, and whether you are fat or slim, it is unhindered.

Why? You are playing along in accordance with the surrounding conditions, staying together with people is neither serious nor with attachment.

Everyone has had this kind of experience. You have attachment and then you take something to heart, and then you will be angry with others.  You need to be relaxed – need to be relaxed everywhere, on top of chanting Amitabha; do not just sit there and have delusional thoughts. While chanting Amitabha, chant clearly each verse, then your mind will not be disorderly, this is a useful method.

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

 

我們現在都可以看到這個世間的現象,他的內心不平,他要鬥爭,他還要鬥愛,自已跟自己鬥不平。他不淨,就是他的內心 – 想法、看法、思想、說法、做法,太雜亂,沒有一刻是停止的,這個比外面環境麻煩。有的人說外面環境很壞,我們活不下、耽不下,這到其次;真正嚴重是內心亂。內心難受,想不通為什麼?

你問他:「為什麼想不通?」

你跟他講道理,他全都知道。但是他說:「他做不到。」

這表示,沒有真正的想通。你真的想通了,你不可能做不到,你也不可能會煩惱。所以各位想一想,這三層意思它代表一個狀態,你要想達到「觀自在」的這個狀態,你必須學習怎麼樣清淨。這就重要了。

我們大家都知道,佛法八萬四千法門,所有法門都是針對這內心清淨的問題。上次我也提過,現在最好、最方便的法門,是念佛。

你看基督也是念主耶蘇的名字。道理都是一樣的,它教你把所有一切雜念、妄想,集中在一句佛號上;這個道理人人都懂,問題是你有沒有做到?

如果你一天二+四小時,能有十分鐘沒有妄想,那你的想法、看法就變了。你就起作用了。這跟外面吃喝玩樂沒關連,跟你在外面做事業做什麼行業沒有關連的。即不妨礙工作,也不妨礙你的社交活動。它是屬「心法」,所以叫【心經】。「心法」有一個問題,有一個狀態你要在起心動念的時侯修。這最重要。

這個起心動念,是個念頭。

我們今天覺得很累,想一想為什麼會累?

百分之九十五的妄想都把這個體能消耗掉,對不對?

如果你今天早上起來,心情很平靜,生活很有規律,你不會有妄想的。你睡也睡得著,吃也吃得下;你吃多也好,你吃少也好,沒有什麼妨礙。你是肥也好、瘦也好,沒有妨礙的。

為什麼?你是逢場作戲。跟這些人在一起,是即不認真,又不執著。

每個人都有這個體驗,你執著,你就認真,你就跟他生氣。你要放鬆,

又加上念佛;不要每次都坐在那裡妄想。念佛念的時候,一句一句,清清楚楚,你的心也不會再亂想了。這是個方法。

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

 

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