MASTER SHEN-LONG | Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 52
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Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 52

Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 52

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

(Last week we ended with, “If you have eradicated all 41 grades of the unenlightened conditions and become a Buddha, then you would see that nothing is there, even “thought” does not exist.”)

All of you take a moment to think: where do your afflictions come from?

Truly speaking, your afflictions are because of this physical vision of yours. Your physical vision cannot see things clearly; plus, you are nearsighted (myopia). Nearsighted (myopia) vision is different with lens strength, therefore eventually the ability of the eyes will fade away. Ancient people made the effort to compose their minds. You think they were blind but in fact not, their wisdom vision opened and could see the true facts about the life in the universe. However, we cannot see, we do not know the facts about the life in the universe and are only able to see the phenomena about the life in the universe; this is the biggest difference. So, the biggest difference between Buddha Bodhisattva and we is: we see phenomena while they see facts.

Everyone in this society has a certain role, but some are only concerned with themselves; some are concerned with others or are concerned with their family. Some people are concerned with their own village, and some are concerned with their own country.

What is the condition of these people? It is different attachments.

Buddha is not that way; Buddha’s condition is very simple, all things either with life phenomena or without life phenomena, are equal. This is also part of our afflictions too. Our major problem is inequality. This inequality exists with the four types of human emotions like “happiness, anger, sorrow and joy”, it exists with “right or wrong”, “good or bad”, etc.; so, one feels unwell. One’s daily life is either feeling unwell about this or feeling unwell about that.

Regarding happiness, it is also a rapid and passing happiness, after it passes then there is nothing left.

Therefore, do Buddha Bodhisattva exist in this world? Yes, there are many.

But the problem is that you do not know them. You are using an ordinary unenlightened way of thinking to look at them. They also eat and drink, go to the toilet, and have anger like ordinary people with discrimination, attachment and delusional thought. Speaking truthfully, their attachment and delusional thought that are demonstrated from your attachment and delusional thought.

Do they have this? No, they do not have. Even if he lives with you, you are unable to tell.

Why? You consider him an ordinary person.

This is a strange phenomenon.  I remember I had seen one before, and of course later we knew that he was not an ordinary person. The phenomena associated with him were: When you scolded him, he scolded you back; if you hit him, he would also slap you back. Continuing this way, it turned to killing. But strangely, when you stab his body with a knife it is transparent and only until then, did we know that he was not an ordinary person. The next day he passed away. So, a genuine Buddha Bodhisattva is not the same as us; their living attitude is different from us and they are here to perform for us.

What performance does he do? He performs: No existence of the realms of the eyes, up to and including no existence of the realms of consciousness.  What you have seen is the unreal phenomena of him.

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各位想一想,你的煩惱到底從那裡來?

你的這個煩惱,說真的就是因為肉眼。肉眼還看不清,加了個近視眼;近視眼它的度數有不同,所以到最後眼的能力消失了。古代人,他們做功夫心定。你以為他瞎了眼,他沒有,他慧眼開,他看到宇宙人生的真相。我們是看不到,我們不知道宇宙人生的真相,只看到宇宙人生的現象,這是最大的不同。所以我們跟佛菩薩之間最大的不同:一個看到的是「現象」,一個看到的是「真相」。

每一個人在這個社會都有一定程度的作用。但是有的人只想到自己,有的想到別人,想一個家庭,有的人想這麼一個村落,還有的人想這麼一個國家。

這些人的狀態是什麼?執著不同。

那佛不是,佛的狀態很簡單,所有一切有生命現象的東西,跟沒有生命現象的東西,它都平等的。這也是我們的煩惱,我們主要的問題就是不平等。不平等說真話,它有「喜、怒、哀、樂」,它有「是非好壞」;所以他難受。他每天活著不是這樣難受,就是那樣難受。

樂嗎?也不是很快樂。快樂過了就沒有了。

所以說這個世間有沒有佛菩薩?很多,多的不得了。

問題是你不認識他。你是用凡夫的心態在看他。

他也一樣吃喝拉撒尿,也一樣像凡夫俗子生氣,分別、執著、妄想。但說實話,他是因你的執著、妄想而呈現出來。

他自己有沒有?他沒有。

他就算跟你每天生活在一起,你也看不出來。為什麼?你還是以為他是凡夫俗子,這是一個很奇怪的現象。記得我以前看到有一個人,當然後來我們知道他不是普通人。他的現象是:你罵他,他也罵你。你打他,他也兩巴掌給你。再搞下去,搞得要殺人了。但是很奇怪,你一刀刺進他的身體,透明的,那時候我們才知道那是假的。從此我們都知道他不是普通人。但是當你知道他不是普通人的第二天,他就圓寂了。所以真正的佛菩薩,他不一樣,他們的生活態度跟我們不一樣,他在跟我們演戲。

他演什麼戲?他演「無眼界,乃至無意識界」,你看到的是他的假象。

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