23 Apr Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 34
[Series of Master Shen-Long expounding on the Prajna Paramita (Perfection of Transcendent Wisdom) Heart Sutra]
(Last week we ended with, “Therefore, regarding the word “death”, we avoid it as taboo and it is an extreme weight inside our mind.”)
In the past, there was once a man on death row, the moment of his death execution, a very wise doctor asked him: “How do you want to die?”
The man answered: “I must not be executed by firing squad, I must not have death by hanging, I request a proper death.”
The doctor said: “No problem, I will help you by bloodletting; there is no pain with bloodletting. I am injecting anesthetics. So now, turn your head and give me your hand. You will leave here pleasantly.”
The prisoner, after listened to what the doctor said, agreed and gave his hand to the doctor.
The doctor said: “I am now going to cut open your artery, then I will do the bloodletting; you will gradually fall into the state of sleep.”
After not too long the doctor said: “Let go, you can leave now.” The man left.
As a result, the man’s family members came to examine the body and saw that there were no cuts.
How come? It’s because the man thought he had died, so his soul left.
This doctor was very smart; he did not do anything, and with a couple of words he resolved the whole thing. It’s clear that “death” is not a real thing. All those examples mentioned were based on fact, it is not talking nonsense.
All of you need to think, inside our heads there are the two words – life and death, then you are controlled by it forever. Therefore, I suggest that all of you change this concept.
Change to what kind of concept? To initiate the omniscient penetrative ability with crystal clear perception that all nature of Five Skandhas (the five composition elements of our existence) are all the absence of inherent existence, to turn yourself to have perfect insight of being the master of yourself.
To have perfect insight of being master of one’s self does not have life and death.
[Sutra] All materialistic phenomena are not different from no phenomenon as the impermanent existence nature; the fundamental essence of no phenomenon is not different from all materialistic phenomena. So, the materialistic phenomena namely is no phenomenon as the impermanent existence nature; no phenomenon namely is the materialistic phenomenon.
They know life and death are the fluctuations of the mind and body; a concept attachment; if you have this conceptual attachment then you will surely die. Many people who immigrate here have already prepared a lump sum fund for medical expenses and retirement. I am telling you, they will surely get sick, surely grow old, and their funeral arrangements are taken care by themselves.
Is there a person here who thinks: I am just born, or my life is infinite?
I have seen a person, the older he gets, he feels more and more rejuvenated and has recovered his youthful vigor.
Everyone, look at yourself and look at people besides you, then you will know. We do not need to ask others. Therefore, a clean head person does not have this kind of problem.