11 Jan Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 69
[Series of Master Shen-Long expounding on the Prajna Paramita (Perfection of Transcendent Wisdom) Heart Sutra]
(Last week we ended with, “A person who knows how to chant Amitabha correctly is who constantly roams in the state of no phenomenon all in all. A person who does not know how to chant Amitabha correctly is to reimburse debts of the numerous existence of world-periods.”)
To have the frame of mind of paying debts when chanting Amitabha is quite pitiful. Some of you who studied Buddhism for many years all have experienced this mental situation. But if you have no hindrance in mind to chant Amitabha, or for the infinite existence of world-periods; just by this one chant you will become Buddha.
Then in this kind of situation, why is there a need to reimburse debts of the numerous existence of world-periods? He wants to enter the dream of all living beings.
Why does he want to enter the dream of all living beings?
We all know about the six realms of reincarnations, the ten states of existence (hell, hungry ghost, animal, Asura, human, Heaven). The ten states of existence are the six realms plus another four holy realms of Sravakas, Pratyekabuddhas, Bodhisattvas and Buddha. All living beings in the ten states of existence have attachments. Beings of the four saint-hood have delusional thoughts about becoming Buddha, Bodhisattva, Pratyekabuddha, and Arhat. Beings of the six realms have delusional thoughts about becoming Heavenly beings, humans, Asuras, hungry ghosts, animals and hells. The ten states of existence are all unreal and illusory dreams.
Therefore, Bodhisattva who constantly roams in the state of no phenomenon all in all keep and do not eradicate the last unenlightened condition, which is the fundamental worry of the first thought activation of the unenlightened and confusion.
What is the fundamental worry as the first thought activation of unenlightened and confusion? It is what births the first thought and phenomenon exist. When one has a thought, it is to have phenomenon which is the “unenlightened condition”.
Bodhisattva keep this one grade of the unenlightened condition to enter the dream of all living beings, to enter the ten states of existence to awaken all the masses to break their illusory dream. If the masses have their illusory dreams broken, the last unenlightened condition of Bodhisattva is simultaneously eradicated.
Di-Zang Bodhisattva (Ksitigarbha) is this way; he pledged a vow:
The world of hell does not go empty; I will never become Buddha.
To him, making this vow is easy. For us, hearing this is remarkable, for how is it possible that hell can be empty?
I even have trouble to help my family members; to help beings in hell is impossible. But you need to know that the mind of Di-Zang Bodhisattva (Ksitigarbha) is in the state of no phenomenon all in all. They know all living beings are phenomena arisen from the combination of numerous circumstantial conditions, therefore his mind is without any attachment.
He is the state of no wisdom, and nothing can be lay hold of, because nothing can lay hold of; this is the mind state of Di-Zang Bodhisattva (Ksitigarbha). When he goes to the hell world, does he feel suffering? He has none.
Hell is the place that all beings have the most serious delusional thoughts. His mind does not have delusional thought therefore, his afflictions are already gone. You do not need to feel envy, for if you have a pure mind, you are like receiving the caress of a Spring breeze.
So, “the tranquil moon, in the state of no phenomenon all in all, receiving the caress of a Spring breeze”; all are the fundamental essence and function which can be inter-changeable and inter-operable.
When we talk about having no hindrance in one’s mind, it means the mind has nothing to be concerned about.
Why is there no hindrance in one’s mind? Because even the mind does not exist.
We always do good deeds, and we often hear others comment: “I am truly taking this to my heart to do this, I truly want to finish this well.”
I am telling you, when you have heart then you have hindrance. Or, I have meticulously cared for this family; this means you have hindrance. Or, I am looking after someone, he treats me badly, he is no good. Or, again you have invested such and such meticulous care to someone.
This meticulous care is what, do you know? It is your delusional thought and attachment.
Living in this society you unconsciously have a mind of reciprocation, and a mind of gain and losses which has caused a person’s unbalanced frame of mind. The reason why your mind is unbalanced is because you have the concept of gain and loss and have hindrance.