MASTER SHEN-LONG | Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 72
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Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 72

Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 72

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

(Last week we ended with, “Therefore, other people have said that to learn to become Buddha, the first thing one needs to learn is the breadth of the Buddha mind. The breadth of the Buddha mind lets go of all. Whether it is reasonable or unreasonable, if you let go of either reasonable or unreasonable, then you will personally be more at ease.”)

Let me tell you a story, before there was a person who drifted about all day as a homeless man. Winter days or summer days, he lived more comfortably than a Buddhist monk. The Buddhist monks begged for alms from house to house with a bowl in hand needing to maintain a majestic presence. He did not require that, he takes a broken pot from house to house begging for food. Whether he gets food or not was all was fine to him. He can fall asleep anywhere; there was no one to wake him in the morning, and at daybreak he would get up himself.

He was in very healthy shape, to what extent? Even a flea builds a nest, but he did not have a nest of his own.

This kind of person, what is his way of thinking?

Truly speaking, regarding life in this universe, he has seen it with clarity.

Of course, there are many ways to become a beggar; one way is forced, where begging for food is very painful. This we cannot learn.

I am talking about one who has truly let go and is disillusioned with everything, where one is even without attachment to one’s own body, and one has attained the state of selflessness. This kind of person, if learning to become Buddha and practicing cultivation, it will be remarkable; one certainly becomes a Buddha ultimately, to enter nirvana thoroughly, because one has less attachments.

Then for our modern people, should we be beggars?

May I offer a bit of advice to all of you, you all should be beggars. However, you do not need to have alms bowl in your hand to beg for food or money from house to house; I am teaching you to be one with no-attachment spiritually. If in your mind there still exists my career, my sons and daughters; this is a big trouble. You work extremely hard your whole life like an ox and horse for them, and you also work extremely hard like an ox and horse for yourself. You are busy finishing all matters outside the house, and you still need to be busy inside the home. After you have finished socializing with the outside world, internally you still have a pile of suffering. There is no one for you to speak to about your bitter complaints; your wife and daughters do not understand. In other words, the opposite is also the same, and your husband and children also do not understand you. You become very vexed, with a pile of garbage inside you that has not been thrown away – this gets you into trouble.

This beggar must have practiced cultivation in his past life because he has disillusioned with everything and let go. When other people gave him rotten food, he ate it; or good food, he ate it. He sees clearly on all matters.

Later on, his son became a very wealthy man. Local people thought that his son was unfilial because his father was a beggar and the son should have started by offering to be a good son. Due to pressure from society and public opinion, the son finally found his father, bathed him, trimmed his hair, changed his clothes, and supported his esteemed father. After a few years, his old man disappeared again. The son went to look for him and found him again.

So other people asked the old man: “Why you do not want to live the way of wealth and honor?”

He said: “True wealth and honor is not this way. True wealth and honor is to be free spiritually, and to have freedom of action. With one alms bowl filled with meals from thousands of houses, roaming alone for thousands of miles!

His actions are no different from a person leaving home as a Buddhist monk, he even has no need to set his majestic appearance as a monk. This story represents that one must have no hindrance in mind, one needs to let go of the mind.

The mind of yours needs to let go to what extent? Completely.

I need to talk about this point particularly:

I ask all of you, has anyone let go?

Someone would say yes.

How much have you let go? I am going to try.

I feel no one has let go yet. It is not easy for a person to let go even one percent. Here it talks about letting go 100%. Letting go does not mean that you change your plan, to retire, or to make any arrangements; rather, it is for you to thoroughly remove your worries and concerns from your inner mind.

I think everyone has agitation; does agitation bring you happiness? No, you are very clear about this.

I have seen many people who are like walking zombies; one lives their whole life completely lacking meaning.

Why? It is because one knows that oneself is not a walking zombie, rather the environment of reality has transformed them to this way.

However, everyone needs to know that the outer environment will not interfere with one’s own, rather it is the condition of one’s own mind. Mainly it is still the ego-face problem of a person. This problem of ego-face, frankly speaking, is not worth even a penny.

Now we are brought together here by fate to learn the Heart Sutra.

What is the Heart Sutra? It is when you do not have heart (mind) then you have succeeded. In fact, there is no need to spend a lot of effort, you merely need to have perfect insight of being master of one’s-self then this settles the account once for all.

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

 

我講個故事,以前有一個人一天到晚在外面流浪,做流浪漢。冬天也好,夏天也好,他比出家人還要舒服。出家人沿門扥缽還要有威儀,他都不需要。他拿個破瓦罐就出去,沿門要個飯,有也好,沒有也好。隨便什麼地方倒了就睡。早上也沒有人叫他,天一亮就自己起來。

身體好到什麼程度?連跳蚤都長個窩,他個人連窩都沒有。

這種人,他是個什麼心態?

說真話,他對於宇宙人生看的很清楚。

當然乞丐有好幾種,一種是被迫的,他討飯要飯痛苦的很。這個我們不能學。我講的是真正看破放下的人,他連身都不執著,他是到忘我。這種人如果學佛修行,那不得了,他絕對究竟成佛,究竟涅槃。因為他執著少。

那我們現代人是不是應該做乞丐?我奉勸各位應該做乞丐,但是你不必沿門扥缽去要錢要飯,我教你做個心靈上面不執著。

你的內心還有我的事業,我的兒女,麻煩大了。一生做牛做馬以外,還要替自己做牛做馬。忙完外面的,還要忙裡面。外面周旋完了,裡面痛苦一大堆,苦水無人可以傾訴,妻子兒女都不諒解。換句話說也是一樣,先生子女也都不能諒解你。你也很苦惱,心裡邊一大堆的垃圾沒有丟掉,很麻煩。

這個乞丐,過去世一定修行過。因為他看的破放的下。人家給他臭的他也吃,給他香的他也吃。這個人看事情,清清楚楚。後來他的兒子發了,地方上的人覺得兒子不孝。父親在外面做乞丐,兒子應該發發心敬孝道。社會輿論的壓力。兒子很不容易把老爸找到,帶回家去洗澡,剪頭髮,換衣服,供養老太爺。沒幾年,他這個老爸又不見了。兒子又去找,找到了。

人家問他說:「你為什麼不要過這富貴的日子?」

他說:「真正的富貴不是這樣的,真正的富貴是心靈自由,行動自由。一缽千家飯,孤身萬里遊。」

他跟出家人沒什麼兩樣。他連出家人的威儀,他都不必了。

這個故事就代表你要「心無罣礙」,你的心就要放下。

你的心要放下到什麼程度?絕對。

這一點要特別講。我現在問大家,有沒有放下?

有的會說有。

有多少?試試看吧。我看是沒有放下。

能放下百分之一的人都不容易。這裡講的是放下百分之百。放下不是改變主意,不是叫你退休,不是叫你做任何安排。而是要你內心徹底的去除你內心的牽掛和罣礙。

我想每個人都有不安,這樣不安能不能帶給你快樂?你自己心裡有數。

我看很多人是行屍走肉。他一生,活的毫無意義。為什麼毫無意義?因為他知道他又不是真的行屍走肉,只是現實環境讓他變成這樣。

但是各位要知道,外面環境是絕對不會干擾自己,是自己內心的狀態,最大的還是一個人的面子問題。這個面子說穿了一毛錢不值。我覺得即然大家有緣來這聽【心經】,【心經】是什麼?你沒有心,就成功了。

實際上也不須要發什麼功夫,你只要做一個「觀自在」,做一個自在的人,一筆勾銷。

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