22 Feb Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 75
[Series of Master Shen-Long expounding on the Prajna Paramita (Perfection of Transcendent Wisdom) Heart Sutra]
(Last week we ended with, “Therefore, the absolute universal enlightenment Bodhisattvas (samyak-sambodhi) want to keep the last grade of unenlightened condition (the fundamental worry or the first thought activation of unenlightened and confusion) to enter the dream of all living beings to help them. This is the display of an unconditioned compassionate and merciful mind; it is ultimately to have unconditioned compassion for all the same nature.”)
Therefore, Speaking of Mantra: the background of the Great Compassion Mantra is by means of unconditional mercy to the one without natural affinity, to have unconditioned compassion for all the same nature to construct.
The Buddha name of Amitabha is also a Mantra of Great Inconceivableness, a Great Bright Mantra. Amitabha does not only represent compassion, but also the condition of entering Nirvana thoroughly of all Buddha. Compassion is just one function of our Buddha-nature. Amitabha is the original name of the purified mind in its natural state of the entire universe; he is the merit and virtue function of all Buddha. This is where the difference is.
People often ask: What is the difference between the Great Compassion Mantra and Amitabha? Truthfully speaking, it all manifests from Buddha-nature and there is no difference; they function differently, that is all. Their superficial function when chanted will both move Buddha to respond; all are equal. A person chanting the Great Compassion Mantra can also become Buddha. However, chanting Amitabha is different; Amitabha has his vow power. When you chant the name of Amitabha, it can help you go and be born to the Bliss World of Amitabha Pure Land. Of course, this also requires that you have your own vow power and want to be Amitabha Pure Land.
After you are clear about this phenomenon and principle, you can chant the Great Compassion Mantra to dedicate all merits of the Mantra to the Bliss World of Amitabha Pure Land and make the vow to go to the Bliss World of Amitabha Pure Land. Is this doable? Of course, you can.
However, Amitabha represents the ultimate perfection.
The biggest purpose of explaining the Heart Sutra today is:
What is your mind attitude when chanting Amitabha?
What is your mind attitude when treating people and handling affairs?
If your way of treating people and handling affairs is with no hindrance in your mind, then chanting Amitabha can keep cognitive distortion, dream and imagination far beyond, to go into Nirvana thoroughly, one does not panic and fear, then this moment you are in the Bliss World of Amitabha Pure Land.
Buddha teaching is for you to put into practice. Buddha teaching is certainly not an academic degree and it is not a subject of knowledge.
Where do you put it into practice? You practice it with every move of your daily life.
Next, I am talking about a Great Bright Mantra, a Supreme Mantra, an Unequalled Mantra.
A Great Bright Mantra means great brightness, and bright energy. This brightness spans the existence of space, the realm of phenomena, and the entire universe is within this bright energy; this is precisely our Buddha-nature.
A Supreme Mantra just mentioned a moment ago is the “supreme perfect enlightenment”. A Supreme Mantra is the energy field to become Buddha, and to attain Buddha in full perfection.
An Unequalled Mantra means there is none like it which is equal to being unexcelled, the all in all perfection.
It can relieve all sufferings. It is true and not false. Earlier we talked about how the moment of practicing the profound Prajna Paramita, can relieve all sufferings.
Every one of you, take a moment to think about how to relieve all sufferings?
The entire Heart Sutra talks about the concept of nothing can lay hold of. You must know, you have not lost, and you also have not gained. Your mind is in peace, you are known as Buddha Bodhisattva and as “the tranquil moon”. Therefore, nothing can lay hold of is our goal of cultivation practice.
How to be in the state of nothing can lay hold of? Do not even think, just let go of everything.
Therefore, later it speaks: It is true and not false. True refers to the “true nature realm of the one reality”- which is not false, it is crystal clear. Not false refers to it not as a meaningless argument.
It is true and not false means that your Buddha-nature will not disappear even through infinite and boundless existence of world-periods. The instant you become enlightened, you will see your condition of infinite and boundless existence world-periods; it turns out to be a dream, and unreal. In the end, you will see that the eradication of the unenlightened condition is true and not false. When you truly are the state of nothing can lay hold of, you then eradicate your unenlightened condition.