MASTER SHEN-LONG | Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 39
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Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 39

Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 39

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

(Last week ended with, “What was his purpose? It is to let you experience happiness and have days without worry for the rest of your life.”)

Later, Daoism was developed in China; “Dao – the way” is:

The way that can be expressed is not the universal and eternal way.

What is the “Dao (Way)”? It is the truth about the universe.

Lao-Zi (philosopher and founder of Daoism) put this way into practice. Unfortunately, he experienced this condition on his own, and this is not something the average person can achieve. He talks about:

Letting things take their own course.

It does not mean you are not doing anything; instead it means that you do, but your mind is without the attachment of doing. After you act, you feel like you have not acted, so you will not feel tired.

Ancient Chinese all have this kind of education. However, in the modern era this kind of education has been completely deposed.

Why? Nowadays the focus is centered on the individual self, such as “I am the greatest”; it all starts from this “I”. This “I” has created a kind of unreal phenomena. This is the expansion of the concept of “I”.

When you ask everyone how you are doing today, they will tell you one’s feeling. The starting point of one is the “I”. Our afflictions are entirely from this “I”.

What is the biggest definition of “I”? It is thinking.

The Chinese character for thinking is “想 xiangˇ”, as in on top of the mind–“心 xin” lodged with phenomena–“相xiangˋ”, which means there is an image on the mind, to have phenomena; then you circulate incessantly in that phenomena and that phenomena is “birth, aging, sickness and death”. During the phenomena of “birth, aging, sickness and death”, the variation from everything will influence your mind, and then you follow the rotation of “birth, aging, sickness and death” to reincarnate, like a car wheel that rotates incessantly.

Later when Buddhism was transmitted into China, a person who truly understands the truth about the universe had a path to follow.

What path? The path to resolve the affliction of life and death, in other words to resolve this thinking.

How to resolve it? No thinking.

Life of no thinking is a wide horizon, there is no restrictions of time and space. Here I am only putting forward the concept, later I will explain more in detail.

 All materialistic phenomena, feeling, thinking, mental formation; to be discussed next is mental formation from thinking continuously that never disconnects.

It continues to what extent? One instant is approximately one-fourth of a second.

Within this one-fourth of a second there are 900 times of births and deaths. Speaking bluntly, one second has 3,600 times of births and annihilations. These births and annihilations are just like a camera where a lens opens and closes 3,600 times in one second. Therefore, the average person has no way to tell, and when you say to one that “life is but a dream”, one will not believe it because the change is too huge. If you say to one that “the physical body is unreal”, one would refuse to admit it even at one’s death.

We watch gun-shooting scenes in movies, and was a bullet really shot?

No one has really seen it with the naked eye. After the gun is fired, men are on the ground. However, if you use a high-speed camera to look, the speed of the bullet is very slow.

Our thoughts are remarkable; it speeds to what extent? Our thoughts are as rapid as the speed of light, where in one second it can rotate around the earth several times. Even the speed of light cannot compete with the speed of our mind thoughts. Everyone needs to know that all phenomena of the universe are caused by thoughts of the mind. When a thought is not cut off then the six directions of reincarnation do not cut off, and the phenomena of “birth, aging, sickness and death” will not end. If your mind has been purified of defiling illusion, you no longer have dreams, and you become free and become the master of yourself, then this kind of person is called a “Buddha”.

Everyone must be clear with this concept. Buddha is not a deity, not a religious object, not a kind of religious worship, and not God; he is a person who understands the truth about the universe and without afflictions.

Does Buddha have materialistic phenomena, feeling, thinking, mental formation? No, he does not.

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

 

我們中國後來發生道教,所謂道:「道可道非常道。」

「道」是什麼?宇宙的真相。

老子他自己在實行,很可惜他體驗的狀態,一般人都做不到。他講:「無為」。「無為」,不是什麼事都不做,是你做而不做。是你做了以後,你覺得沒有做,你不會疲,不會倦。

我們中國古代,都有這個教育。現代這個教育完全廢掉。

為什麼廢掉?現在是「自我」為中心,我最大,一切都是「我」。

「我」造成什麼東西?我,造成一種假相,這是我的觀念的膨脹。

你問每一個人,你最近過的怎麼樣?他會告訴你,他的感想,他的出發是「我」。我們的煩惱全部從「我」來。

「我」的最大定義是什麼?就是「」。

「現相」的下面一個「心」字,就心臟有個相,有個現象;那你就不停地在那個現象中打轉,這個現象就是「生老病死」。「生老病死」當中,萬事萬物的變化而影響你的心,你就隨著「生老病死」輪轉。我們講「輪迴」像車輪一樣,不停地轉。

後來佛法傳入中國以後,真正了解宇宙真相的人,有了一個可以追循的路。

什麼路?就是把生死能夠解決,也就是把那「」字解決。

怎麼解決?不

不「」的人生,就是海闊天空,不受時間、空間的限制。我在這裡提一提概念,後面還會細講。

色、受、想、行」,「」就是「」的連續。它不會斷的,

它連續到什麼程度?一剎那大概四分之一秒。

四分之一秒有九百次的生滅。那不得了。你要講穿了,一秒鐘有三千六百次的生滅。生、滅就像照相機一樣,鏡頭開合,一秒鐘有三千六百次。所以一般人沒辦法。你跟他講人生如夢,他絕對不會相信。因為變化太大了。你跟他講肉體是假的,他死都不承認。

想一想,我們常常看電影上開槍,子彈有沒有打出去?

各位都沒看見。這個槍聲一出去,人就倒地了。可是你用快速相機去看,那子彈速度實在太慢了。

我們的念頭,不得了,我們的念頭那快到什麼程度?光速一秒可以繞地球好幾圈;一念頭,那光速不能比。

大家曉得:所以,所有一切宇宙的現象是念頭造成的。念頭不斷,六道轮迴就不斷,生老病死就不會斷掉。如果你的念頭清淨,你的夢不做了,你變成自由自在的人;這種人叫做「佛」。各位ㄧ定要把這個概念想清楚。

「佛」不是神明,他不是宗教崇拜,他也不是上帝,他是了解宇宙真相而沒有煩惱的人;叫「佛」。

「佛」有沒有 色、受、想、行?沒有。

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