MASTER SHEN-LONG | Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 38
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Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 38

Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 38

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

(Last week we ended with, “Speaking further in-depth, where does this kind of feeling come from? It is produced from your mind not understanding the truth about the universe.”)

Next is to explain thinking starts from the feeling, it is the continuation of your delusional thought and attachment.  Today, if we look at something very tasty, if you do not think about it then it passes. But, if you want to continue, you keep on continuing with it, and your way of thinking becomes more and more serious and then it becomes more like a kind of aggressiveness and you want to fully implement it.

As we talk about “action, verbal speech, thought”; truly speaking, all of this is caused by thought.

How is it caused? It is brought about according to your thinking.

Each one of us has had this experience. Undoubtedly, there are many things that one should not do but one insists on doing them.

Why one insists on doing them? One thinks about it and does not merely think about it, rather one thinks about it every second, day and night; to the end, it then becomes real.

What is the phenomenon of becoming real? It is the illusion of a continued thought.

Speaking more in-depth, you are living in the illusion. Our life is an illusion; this kind of illusion is an inconceivable illusion. At night we have dreams.

Where do these dream experience come from? Here is an ancient proverb:

That who which one thinks about during the day is the one that one dreams about come night.

We need to carefully think this over. When you look at all materialphenomena, feeling, thinking; if you do not have doubt about the materialistic phenomena seen by the eyes then you will not enter this state, and if you do not have feelings you will also not continually think about it. Thus, the average person will misunderstand this, and think that it is all over; would not this person become an idiot now?

But, all of you need to remember, to be an idiot is also but a dream.

We live in this world and this dream is beyond thought.

All of you, from your memories of childhood until now, does it not feel as though it was just an instant?

What is this instant, do you know?

Your feeling; all conduct is just in this feeling. Today you either fail at doing business, or you suffer from being wrongly accused by others, or you are the best of all possible worlds today; I am telling you that is only a feeling. You want to prove to yourself, so you must have gratitude and grudges – these are all feelings. Feelings belong to illusion.

What is real then? Very simply, when you do not have dreams.

A person without dreams can control one’s own life and death. This is interesting.

In general, the so-called enlightened one regards life and death no matter in the East or the West:

If you asked the enlightened one: “Are you afraid of death?” One never has this kind of thought.

How about life? One never has this kind of thought either.

What does the enlightened one do daily? One does things, even when one knows it is impossible to succeed.

What does it mean? Like Confucius, he was crystal clear that no one would accept him during the Warring States Period and the Spring and Autumn Period, yet he still traveled to various countries.

What was his purpose? His purpose was to train his mind.

To see whether his mind would be affected by daily life. He once made a statement:

Mount Tai (in the Shandong province, China, the easternmost of the five sacred mountains) collapses before me now and I will not change my composure.

This is what us -the modern people need to learn; Confucius carried himself in this way. Confucianism is the foundation of conducting oneself. Since it is the foundation of conducting oneself, it can completely control situations regarding the human world. He once stated his point:

If you cannot understand life, how can you understand death!  

This is ingeniously!  

What was his purpose? To let you experience happiness and have days without worry for the rest of your life.

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

 

下面講這「」字,這個「想」就是你妄想、執著的連續。我們講,如果我們今天看到這個東西很好吃,如果你不去想它就過去了。但你要連續,你連續,不得了,你這個想法越來越嚴重,越來越變成一種企圖心,你想去實行。

我們講「身、口、意」,老實講都是意念造的。

意念怎麼造的?你的心裡怎麼想,它就怎麼造。

這個我們每個人都有經驗,很多事明明不該做的,他非要去做。

他為什麼非要去做呢?他想,不僅想,他是分秒想日夜想;到最後它成真了。

成真是什麼現象?它就是連續念頭的幻想。

如果我們深一點,就是你活在幻覺之中。我們人生就是個幻覺,這種幻覺是不可思議的幻覺。我們晚上會做夢。

這個做夢的經驗怎麼來的?

古人常講:「日有所思,夜又所夢。」這句話要仔細想一想。

你看「色、受、想」,如果你不對這個「色塵物質」產生疑惑,你不會到這一步。如果你沒有感受到,你也不會連續去想。那一般人,恐怕誤會,那完蛋了;那這個人現不是變白痴了嗎?

但是,各位記住,白痴也不過是個夢。

我們現在這個世間,這個夢很妙的。

各位想一想,你有記憶體以來,你從小到大是不是覺得一剎那?

這一剎那是什麼,你知不知道?

你的「感覺」,你所有一切行為,就在這個「感覺」。你今天做生意失敗也好,你今天受到別人的冤枉也好,你今天是盡善盡美也好;我告訴你那是「感覺」。你要證明你自己,你要有恩、怨是「感覺」。「感覺」屬於幻想。

什麼是真的?很簡單你不做夢。

不做夢的人可以控制生死。這可有意思了。

我們一般所謂覺悟者,不管是中國的或外國的,他們對於生死:

你問他怕不怕死?他從來沒有這個念頭。

他有沒有生?他也從來沒有這個念頭。

他每天做什麼呢?他「知其不可為而為」。

什麼叫「知其不可為而為」?

孔子明明知道戰國時代、春秋時代,沒有人接受他,他還要周遊列國。

他的目的是什麼?目的是訓練自己的心。

心是不是在生活當中有沒有動。他不是講過:「泰山崩於前,而面不改色。」我想這是我們現代人要學的。孔夫子自己就實行了。因為儒家是做人的基礎,它因為是做人的基礎,所以對人間的組狀態是完全可以掌握的。他唯一一點他說:「不知生,焉知死。」這個妙。

他這個目的是什麼?讓你在有生之年,過一種快樂沒有牽掛的日子。

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