27 Aug Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 2
[Series of Master Shen-Long expounding on the Prajna Paramita (Perfection of Transcendent Wisdom) Heart Sutra]
Shakyamuni Buddha stated that:
Buddha cannot help people who do not have predestined affinity like those who have no interest in Buddha’s teachings.
What is the natural affinity? It is the requirement.
If you do not want to have enlightenment, he will not come. At that time, people wanted eagerly to attain enlightenment, and to resolve this problem of birth and death; therefore, Buddha appeared. After appearing, Buddha resided in this world for 49 years, and he spent 22 years talking about Prajna (wisdom).
Why is this so important?
Wisdom is very intriguing; it’s like a person who has all five sense organs, but without eyes. Prajna is the eyes; the eyes lead you to see all phenomena clearly, and this way you can enter the true facts of the universe.
This kind of wisdom is represented by “light”, which is a loose substitute for it.
Therefore, we constantly mention that Buddha Bodhisattva emits light, what is the light? It penetrates all; to employ this manner represents the ability of Prajna.
Everyone has this ability. How come we have lost it today? It is because our minds are too chaotic.
From the moment, we wake up every day until nighttime, it is as though we are having a dream, a dream that will just not end.
What are dreams? It is your distracting thoughts and delusional thoughts.
We are constantly unaware of these kinds of distracting thoughts and delusional thoughts, why are we not aware? Our minds are too rough.
If presently you have a bit skill, what kind of skill? Your mind can activate direct observation and be crystal clear. When you have this skill, on the outside you can be joyous enjoying every day eating, sleeping and having tea. Other people cannot perceive it, but your inner being is crystal clear. Whatever other people think, activating whatever kind of idea, you are completely clear. I reluctantly say that this is a supernatural ability, but in fact, it is not. It is a function you have after you have purified of defiling illusions. This is like Prajna, and while it is very close to it, it is not the same.
Why? You still have the “Ego – I”.