MASTER SHEN-LONG | Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 30
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Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 30

Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 30

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

(Last week we ended, “Prajna is achieved when your mind has learned to become purified of defiling illusion; if you do not learn and merely envy others, that will not work.”)

We have lived this life already to a certain extent, otherwise all of you would not be here to listen to this Sutra explaining. Most people who come here are all looking for methods to resolve their current problems. If everything was smooth in all aspects of one’s life going-between riches and honors, one would not want to achieve enlightenment; fundamentally one does not have this way of thinking. Let us look at government officials – none of them want to become enlightened, they are unlikely.   

Why are they unlikely? They are already on a boat with power. Therefore, ancient people said:

Retire at the height of one’s official career, or

Rein in the horse at the edge of the precipice (as reform) before it is too late.

Today if you can understand to have perfect insight is being purified, where at anytime and anyplace your mind is purified and unmoved by any phenomena, then I truly congratulate you. Whether you are making money, or working, or looking after others, or you are all by yourself; your body and mind are in an extremely pleasant state and you are unspeakably happy.

Regarding this, I can let all of you know, I am a person who usually finds amusement in my own way. My way of finding amusement is very different, as I often do not think about what I am thinking. If you think while you are in the middle of enjoyment, then you would feel unwell because you would be afraid to lose this enjoyment.

If by any chance in the future, there was no more enjoyment then what to do?

Am I not done for?

Humans precisely have this problem. All of us are the same as the ordinary unenlightened person, there are no saint.

Who is a saint here?

Saint would not sit here. Everyone is a common person. Therefore, I speak from my own experience.

When you do anything, you need to be single-mindedly devoted and concentrated. But you need to remember, in this moment of concentration you already have no attachment; do not say that you forget about it after you have finished, in the moment while you are doing it you should have already forgotten it.  This is very important. After you finished it, when people praise you after you did a good job, there is no need to be happy also; if people say you did bad, there is also no need to feel sad about it.

Why? Everything is unreal.

You stay together with everyone, it is called finding amusement when the occasion arises, putting up a phony show will do.  If you take things too seriously then I am telling you, you make life difficult for yourself, and you make life difficult for others. This is because while we stay in this society we often say one thing but mean something completely different.

Why? It is because of ego face and fearing that we will offend somebody.

In the dream, there is nothing of this sort. When you say one thing but mean something different, and others act the same way, it is because you are in opposition to each other. But you are not now – you see all living beings entirely as Buddha, then you are at peace. Jesus Christ treated all living beings as “he is all living beings” and “I am him”; he is a kind of education. Therefore, religion nowadays has changed who holds awe and veneration is clearly demarcated. Christians and Buddhists do not get a long like oil and water. I hope all people’s mind needs to purify, need to change and become different. Everything has been caused by man-made attachments and has no connection with the enlightened one. If you want to widen your breadth of mind, it is very simple: you accept all living beings, have no more divide, and no more ideas of I, you, or him; and then you will be happy.

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

 

我們對於這個人生,已經到一個程度,要不然各位不會想來聽經。想來聽的人,大部分都想要找什麼方法解決一下目前的問題。大部分的人都是這樣。如果他一切順利,富貴中人,他不會想要覺悟的,他根本沒有這個想法。我們看看這些在朝之人,沒有想要覺悟的,他不會的。

他為什麼不會?他己經上了這條船,所以古人講:「急流勇退」、「懸崖勒馬」。

如果你今天能了解那個「」是清淨,你在任何時間、任何地點,你的心是清淨的,不為所動的。那真的恭喜你。你賺錢也好,你工作也好,你照顧別人也好,你自己獨處也好;你的身心,是非常非常的愉快,樂不可言。

這我可以報告給各位:我這個人「自得其樂」。我這個「自得其樂」,也很奇怪,我常常沒有想到,我在想什麼?

如果你想到你在享受,你就難受;你怕失去這個享受。

萬一將來,怎麼辦?不是完蛋了嗎?

人就是這個問題。我們大家都一樣,都是凡夫,沒有一個聖人。

誰是聖人?

聖人就不會坐在這裡,大家都是凡夫。所以我把我的經驗講出來。

你做任何事情專注、專心,但你記住,專心的時候,這個事情已經不再執著了;不要說做完就忘,在做的時候就忘了。做完了,人家說做的很好,你也不要高興。

人家說你做的很差,也不要難過,為什麼?假的。

你跟大家在一起,叫逢場作戲。虛情假意就可以了,你認真,我是告訴你你就跟自己過不去,你也跟別人過不去。

因為我們處在這個社會,常常講些言不由衷的話。

為什麼?面子,怕得罪。

夢裡面那有這一回事。你言不由衷,他也對你言不由衷,因為你們有對立。但你現在不是,你現在看一切眾生都是佛,你就安了。耶穌對一切眾生,他就是:我就是他,他也是我這樣,他是一種教育。所以現在宗教已經變了,敬畏分明。基督徒、佛教徒,水火不容。我希望人的心要淨化,要變一變。全部都是人為的執著造成,這跟覺悟者毫無關連。你要心胸廣大,很簡單,你接受一切眾生;你不再有分隔,不再有我、你、他,那你這個人就很快樂。

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