MASTER SHEN-LONG | Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 76
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Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 76

Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 76

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

(Last week we ended with, “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.”)

When Guan-Yin Bodhisattva attained the second grade of realizing the intrinsic truth with an unmoved mind (the 42nd of the 52 cultivation tiers), a Tathagata told her about the Great Compassion Mantra. Advancing quickly, she verified into the state of the 8th Stage Bodhisattva status (the 48th of the 52 cultivation levels) from the 2nd Stage.

Why? Her mind is motionless and no longer moved; she saw the phenomena of nothing can lay hold of and non-receding.

About this, there is no need for us to envy her. We chant Amitabha to go to the Realm of where all classes dwell in Amitabha Pure Land, and even if we go there in the lower rank of the inferior class, we have also attained nothing can lay hold of.

The attainment of nothing can lay hold of in Amitabha Pure Land is hard for all of you to imagine, it is different from us here – the human world. In the Bliss World of Amitabha Pure Land, with the addition of power of Amitabha’s merits and virtues, oneself becomes like Amitabha.

Why do I always encourage people to chant Amitabha? If you truly go to the Bliss World of Amitabha Pure Land, you will see it is an energy field. This energy field is accomplished by all Buddha Bodhisattva. This one praising is precisely one’s accomplishment. After you arrive to the Bliss World of Amitabha Pure Land, even the feeling of no hindrance in one’s mind does not exist.

Living in the Bliss world of Amitabha Pure Land is true living, to what extent? It is the condition where non-creation (beginning) and non-extinction (ending); this is true living. Our present way of living is hovers between life and death.  

The ancients had a description:

All kinds flowers will shed till no flower left, however the splendor of Spring is endless. Mountains are naturally high; rivers are naturally deep.

Everyone takes a moment to think about this.

All kinds flowers will shed till no flower left means that all wonderful phenomena will eventually pass.

However, the splendor of Spring is endless; Spring represents our Buddha-nature, and only Buddha-nature will not be cut off and be without end.

Mountains are naturally high, rivers are naturally deep means all people, events, places and objects of this world are mutually not hindered to each other.

[ Sutra text] Hence the Mantra of Prajna Paramita was spoken.

Recite it like this: Gaté Gaté Paragaté Parasamgaté, Bodhi Svaha!

[經文]故說般若波羅蜜多咒。即說咒曰。揭諦揭諦。波羅揭諦。波羅僧揭諦。

菩提薩婆訶。

Commentary:

Speaking truthfully, every single word represents the perfect Buddha-nature, all is Infinite Light, Infinite Life. Here I will not do any further translation, I am afraid it will start new attachments that will become something that one can lay hold of.

The whole sutra is perfectly finished here today.

The Heart Sutra (Prajnaparamitahrdaya) itself, for anyone who wants to enter it further, then I hope that you will practice chanting Amitabha more when you activate mind with arising thought. After you chant for a long while, your mind will naturally be without hindrance. You will be identical to Amitabha. You will have perfect insight of being master of one’s-self initiates omniscient penetrative ability with crystal clear perception that the nature of Five Skandhas (the five-composition element of our existence) are absentof inherent existence.So, release oneself from all obstructions caused by sufferings and misfortunes, as stated in the Prajna ParamitaHeart Sutra. You do not need to be envious – this is real.

I believe all of you have this kind of virtuous root, especially when chanting Amitabha sincerely to go to the Bliss World of Amitabha Pure Land in this life. Do not waste time. If you miss the opportunity this life, it is all finished. We do not know which day we will meet again, it is unknown whether we will meet as a dog or a cat, I am also not clear what will be then.

Gatha of Transferring Merit

May the merits of explaining the Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra publicly, to adorn Amitabha Pure Land,

Requiting four kinds of grace from above, relieving the suffering beings in the Three Wretched Realms – Hell, Hungry ghost, Animal.

Wishing all sentient beings as friends, foes, and all karmic debt collectors universally,

All to start the mind for Bodhi (enlightenment), together to be born in the Bliss World of Amitabha Pure Land.

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

 

觀世音菩薩在二地的那個時候,有如來告訴他大悲咒,他一下從二地證到八地,為什麼?因為他的心不動了,他看到「無所得」,不退轉的現象。

這個各位不要羨慕,我們念佛到極樂世界凡聖同居土,下下品也是「無所得」。我們到極樂世界,那個「無所得」不是各位可以想像的。那個比這個地方的「無所得」,那不一樣。極樂世界加上阿彌陀佛的功德力,你自己就和阿彌陀佛差不多。

為什麼我常常勸人念佛?因為你真的到極樂世界去,你就見到了,它就是一個磁場。這個磁場是一切諸佛菩薩所成就。這個讚嘆就是成就。你到極樂世界以後,連「心無罣礙」這樣的感覺都沒有。

極樂世界是真正在生活,生活到什麼程度?不生不滅,這才叫真正的生活。我們現在這個生活叫死去活來。

古人講:「百花落盡春無盡,山自高兮水自深」。各位想一想?

「百花落盡」,所有一切美好的現象也都會過去。「春無盡」,「春」表示佛性,只有佛性是不會斷掉的,是無止境的。「山自高兮水自深」,就是一切「人事地物」是不相妨礙的。

後面所講的「故說般若波羅密多咒,即說咒曰揭諦,波羅揭諦,波羅僧揭諦,菩提薩婆訶」。說老實話,每一個字都是圓滿的佛性,都是無量光,無量壽。這裡我就不翻譯。翻出來,說真的又執著,又是有所得,整個經到今天講完,算是圓滿。

心經】本身,各位如果要真的深入,那希望你在起心動念的時候,多多念阿彌陀佛。你念久了,心裡面自然就會沒有罣礙,你就跟阿彌陀佛一模一樣。你就是【心經】上面所講的「觀自在」,「照見五蘊皆空,度一切苦厄」。你不要只會羨慕,這是真的。

我相信各位都有這個善根,尤其是這一生好好的念佛,到極樂世界去,別浪費時間。這一生錯過,完蛋了,又不曉得那一天我們再見面。不知道是做貓,還是做狗,我也搞不清楚。

回向

願以宣講般若波羅密多心經之功德,莊嚴佛淨土,

上報四重恩,下濟三途苦,

普願諸眾生,冤親諸債主,

悉發菩提心,同生極樂國

 

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