MASTER SHEN-LONG | Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 29
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Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 29

Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 29

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

(Last week we ended with, “Money, do we want it? It is to follow your natural affinity. You cannot demand it. The more you demand, the more you suffer.)

All of you here, some are rich people in exile, some people are under the status of riches and honors their whole life, and some are entrepreneurial and self-supported. Are you not all living exhausted?

If you feel exhausted, you have a problem.

If you feel spiritually unsatisfied, you have a problem too.

If you feel you have enough money, are living well and can finally relax, then you have an even deeper problem.

Why?  You do not understand the facts about the universe.

Nowadays we speak the so-called: “fortunate people who do not appreciate their blessings”. This “blessing” is not what we talk about in general. For blessings come in several kinds: one is “blessed virtue”, one is “blessed reward” and one is “good fortune mixed with annoyance”. “Blessed virtue” is when a person does good deeds with benevolence, and alms give one’s wealth to do good deeds benevolently. Some people are wealthy but do not have benevolence. This “benevolence” is not talking about kindness; it means one has greedy intention towards oneself and others. A smart person knows that all materiality is unreal, and knows to develop spiritually is real, one knows what one needs to do and is a number one smart person. However, there are too few smart people in this world.

Why are there so few? Most of them are confused by materiality and deluded by phenomena.

After one is deluded, if one still has “blessed reward” left, then you have good fortune displays with afflictions. So, you are a person who possess good fortune display with annoyance plus wisdom that is good.  “Blessed virtues”: the function of “virtue” refers light. Your mind is bright, having money is good, but your bight mind has a kind of pleasantness – to be called “blessed virtue” that is different from “merits and virtues”. Merits and virtues are a higher; it is when one who does not enjoy one’s own blessed reward and gives it to others to enjoy.

Who is like this? The perfect insight of being master of one’s self Bodhisattva, as Guan-Yin Bodhisattva (Avalokitesvara), Da-Shi-Zhi Bodhisattva (Mahasthamaprapta), and all those like Wen-Shu Bodhisattva (Manhushri), Pu-Xian Bodhisattva (Samantabhadra), Amitabha, Shakyamuni Buddha; their “blessed rewards” are indeed huge.

The “blessed rewards” of Buddha exceedingly extend everywhere of the universe, but he does not keep for himself and alms give it to all living beings. Therefore, Amitabha who built the Bliss World of Amitabha Pure Land, such a wonderful place that he does not keep for himself and instead, gives it to all living beings to enjoy. The merits and virtues of this kind of person, “merit” means pure mind and equality, when one has equality and purity will emerge “light”. This “light” is infinite and boundless in brightness. Therefore, the “blessed reward” of Amitabha is named as Infinite Light and Infinite Life.

The “blessed reward”, that is one class lower, one enjoys the blessed reward. The “blessed reward” is the same as materials and money, which will eventually all be used up, but it does have the virtue also.

What kind of virtue? One can help all living beings.

Then what is “blessed reward”?  It is like what all of you have, but not rewarded completely.

What is it? In your past lives if you had repaired bridges and roads, practice giving to help others, and in this life others will help you. If past lives you practiced money giving, you will have wealth in this life. If in past lives you practiced medicine giving, in this life when you are sick there will be people to look after you. If in past lives you practiced the teaching of the Buddha giving, in this life you will receive the blessed reward of intelligence and wisdom. These blessed rewards can also be used up.

The last one is called “good fortune mixed with annoyance”, which means you have a good material life displayed with annoyance, as there are thousands of knots in one’s mind. When there is good material enjoyment, many things are not to one’s liking.

You ask the one, what is troubling you? Even one oneself does not know.

Is one knotted on the inside? It seems to be knots, but it also seems as though there are not any.

Therefore, a Chinese person would generally speak to another person, “You have such good fortune”. Honestly speaking, you must not celebrate with it.  Your mind has annoyance, and you have things that are not to your liking and contrary to your wishes, then this is serious.

We just mentioned about spirituality and materiality from a moment ago until now, what is it? We realize that we ought to try and become perfect insight of being the master of one’s self Bodhisattva.

The precondition of being the master of one’s self is to have Prajna (wisdom). Prajna is achieved when you have learned to become purified mind of defiling illusion; if you do not learn and merely envy others, that will not work.

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

 

你又不能不做,你用什麼心做?沒有壓力的心去做。

各位在這裡,有的人來這裏是做寓公,有的人是一輩子富貴,還有的人自己衝、自己養自己。是不是生活都很辛苦?如你覺得辛苦,你有問題。你覺得精神上不滿足,你有問題。你覺得錢夠了,很好了,鬆口氣了,你更有問題。

為什麼?你不了解宇宙的真象。

我們今天講,所謂「人在福中不知福」,這個「福」不是一般講的福。「福」有好幾種;一種福德,一種福報,一種福氣。

「福德」是說這個人為善而仁,富爾而仁。有些人是為富不仁。這個「仁」不是說仁愛,仁是對自己、對別人,他有貪念。聰明的人,說真話,他知道物質是假的,他知道靈性上的開發是真的,他曉得他自己要做什麼,他是一等一的聰明人,可是世間上聰明人太少了。

為什麼太少?被物質迷,被現象迷。

他迷以後,他如果還有福報的話;我們剛剛講「福德」:你這個人有福氣,又有智慧不錯了。福德:「德」是作用,就是光的意思。你的心光明,有錢很好;但是你的心有光明,有一種喜悅,叫福德。這跟功德不同。功德更高,功德是自己的福德不享,送給別人。

這些是誰?觀自在菩薩、觀音菩薩、大勢智菩薩,所有這些文殊、普賢、阿彌陀佛、釋迦摩尼佛,這些人福報可大了。

佛的福報那還得了,遍滿宇宙,但他不要。他全部布施給眾生,所以像阿彌陀佛造極樂世界這麼好的地方,他自己不要,他給眾生去亨福。這種人的功德,「功」是心清淨平等,平等清淨就是「光」。這個「光」無量、無邊的光明。所以阿彌陀佛福報叫無量光、無量壽。

「福報」,那就要低一等,享受福報。但福報,就跟物質金錢一樣會用完,但也有德。

什麼德?他幫助眾生。

那福報是什麼?那跟各位有一點像,不是完全報。

是什麼?你過去修橋、補路、布施、幫助人,你這一生,別人也幫助你。你過去布施財,這一世有財。你過去布施醫藥,這一世生病,有人照顧。你過去有法布施,這一世得聰明、智慧福報。這福報也會用完。

最後一個,就是我們這個就叫「福氣」。物質不錯,很好;裡面有氣,心有千千結。很好的物質,但是有不順心的地方。

你問他:「煩什麼?」他不知道。有沒有結住?好像有,好像沒有。

一般我們中國人講:你好福氣。說老實話,你不要高興。你的內心有氣,你有不順心不如意的事情,這可嚴重了。

我們從剛剛精神、物質,說到現在;是什麼?我們應該做個「觀自在菩薩觀」。

「自在」先決條件,要「般若」。「般若」就是你的心要學習清淨,你不學習,光羨慕沒有用。

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