MASTER SHEN-LONG | Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 46
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Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 46

Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 46

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

(Last week we ended with: The “unreal” represents the impermanence of meeting and departing. So, the same is true with form, feelings, thinking, mental formations and consciousness.) 

[Sutra] Shariputra, all the universe phenomena exist the impermanent existence nature bearing. It is non-creation and non-extinction, non-impure and non-pure, non-increase and non-decrease.                                                            

[經文] 舍利子。是諸法空相。不生不滅。不垢不淨。不增不減。

Commentary:

He again calls Shariputra to listen attentively; you see, this is all the universe phenomena exist the impermanent existence nature characteristics.

What does this mean? All expresses numerous, referring to all phenomena. The combination of all phenomena, it is the impermanent existence nature characteristics

No phenomenon as the impermanent existence nature is in the same way as the mode of existence, why he explains it as no phenomenon? He is afraid we have attachment. In fact, it should be “all the universe phenomena are no phenomenon as the impermanent existence nature, there is external phenomena. Therefore, he says non-creation and non-extinction. This non-creation and non-extinction of all phenomena then becomes interesting.

This glass cup, can it be called creation? Yes, it is a phenomenon of creation.

This glass cup, can it be called extinction? Yes, it is a phenomenon of extinction.

So, it is non-creation and non-extinction, the phenomena of rising (beginning) and falling (ending) do not exist. For instance, now my hand is touching the water in the glass; does my hand, the water, and the glass exist any differences? This is: all the universe phenomena exist the impermanent existence nature characteristics.   It is non-creation and non-extinction.

And he also states: non-impure and non-pure, non-increase and non-decrease. Impure means filthy. Pure means clean. Filthy is clean, clean is filthy – this is truly inconceivable. For many people who are neat freaks, this is hard to endure. Ancients had a statement: “Gold and stool have no difference.” An enlightened one, one who has verified into the truth about the universe, has no discrimination over this.

In the past, we have seen many examples of Buddha Bodhisattva who take material shape in society.  How do they live their life?

You can either scold him, bite him, or kill him; he completely does not activate his mind with arising thought. His way seems unrelated to our way of living. Our way of living focuses on resolving reality issues, for instance: making money to provide for oneself, needing to go see a doctor when ill, needing to eat when hungry. Buddha Bodhisattva life is different from us. He has the same physical body; but his inner condition is different. He eats, and can eat continuously without stopping, and after he has finished eating a mountain of food he can continue to eat another one.

Why? He does not have attachment.

He does not eat; he is able to not eat forever; his mind thought does not have this. Remember this, from start to finish I have spoken precisely about “mind thought”. Today, exactly due to thought, in your thought you believe you are hungry, then you are sure to be always hungry. If your thought does not believe you are hungry, you have not called to mind to be hungry, your digestive system will also not contract – this is normal. Our stomach and our five internal organs of the “heart, liver, spleen, lungs and kidneys” originally had the aromatic scent of sandalwood; no containment. Currently our five internal organs smell, and fermentation in our internal organs means it is not clean.

What is unclean? We have too many thoughts and afflictions. First, we have eaten things that we should not eat.

Ancient people were under the stillness of mind control, exempt from all external sensations, and they absolutely have no need to eat anything.

What is the stillness of mind control? It is when the body and mind have been purified of defiling illusion and have less desire.

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

 

〔經文〕舍利子是諸法空相,不生不滅,不垢不淨,不增不減」。

他又叫舍利子注意聽,你看這是「諸法的空相」。

什麼叫「諸法空相」?「」字的意思表示眾多,全部一切現象。「」是一切現象的組合,這是「空相」。

這「」就是有,他為什麼講「」?他怕我們執著,所以用個空。其實應該講是「諸法空有相」。

所以他說:「不生不滅」。這「不生不滅」那就有意思。

你說這個杯子叫「」嗎?生。

杯子是「」嗎?滅。

它「不生不滅」,生滅的現象沒有了。譬如說:我現在這個手碰這個水,這個手跟水跟杯子有什麼兩樣? 這是「諸法空相,不生不滅」。

他還說:「不垢不淨,不增不減」。這「」是髒的意思。「」是乾淨。髒就是乾淨,乾淨就是髒,這可真是妙。這對很多有潔癖的人是不能忍受的。古人有句話:「糞就是黃金,黃金就是糞」。如果一個得道的人,所謂進入宇宙真相的人;他對於這個東西完全沒有分別。

過去我們看到很多佛菩薩示現的例子,他們的生活是怎麼生活呢?

你罵他也好,你打他也好,你殺他也好,他完全沒有起心動念。這好像跟我們的生活沒有關連。我們的生活好像必須要解決一個問題,現實問題。譬如:賺錢養活自己,有病要去看,肚子餓要吃。可是佛菩薩生活跟我們不同。他一樣有個肉身,但他內在的狀態不一樣。他吃,他可以不停的吃,他吃完一座山,他吃另一座。

為什麼?他沒有執著。

他不吃,他永遠可以不吃,念頭上他沒有。記住,我從頭到尾叫的就是念頭,我們今天就是念頭。念頭上你認為餓了,你隨時都會餓的。念頭上你認為不餓,你沒有想到會餓,你的腸胃也不會收縮,正常的。我們原來的胃五臟是香的,有檀香味,沒有污染的。我們現在的五臟,都口臭,內臟發酵,內臟當中有不乾淨。

什麼不乾淨?念頭煩惱太多。第一吃了不該吃的。

古代人,他定中他絕對不須要吃東西的。

什麼叫定?身心都清淨,欲望也很少。

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