MASTER SHEN-LONG | Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 54
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Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 54

Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 54

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

(Last week we ended with, “Our life is illusion, but their life is not; what they see is the illusion within an illusion.”)

Therefore, I feel when studying the Heart Sutra, the most important thing is to take your life experience and verify it by comparing with the Sutra text. Buddhist Sutra is not that hard to understand. Frankly, Buddhist Sutra speaks about the phenomena of the universe; it is you that thinks it is difficult. We now talk about no mind and consciousness, then this person becomes at ease. Without mind and consciousness does not mean one does not have a way to think. A person without mind and consciousness represents being without distracted thoughts, where one’s mind and consciousness are turned into brightness and transformed into the sphere of Prajna. Speaking more bluntly, it is further in-depth and revealed from one’s pure mind. This is where the enormous difference is at.

Frankly, our mind is very hard to be purified of defiling illusion, I trust all of you have experienced this before for yourself.

Why is this mind hard to be purified of defiling illusion? It is the function of the mind and consciousness that can cause the phenomena of “birth, aging, sickness and death”. This phenomenon of “birth, aging, sickness and death” per the Heart Sutra, fundamentally they do not exist.

Why do you experience its existence? It is your wrong understanding. To clarify further, from the time when we are young, we do not have enlightenment education. If you have enlightenment education, you would not have this kind of suffering. Since we were young, human education is an education about “gain and loss” therefore you feel unwell. Many people often state: I exist with the concept of gain and loss, but I cannot change it — that is deceiving.

Why? You have not truly seen it clearly. If you truly see it clearly then it is not deceptive; it displays the phenomena of creation (rising) and extinction (falling) in an instant to an instant incessantly. We talked about this earlier; science has already proven that all phenomena are entirely wave motions. If you use the concept of wave motions to live your life, I am telling you that you have no gain or loss.

No unenlightened condition, and no ending of the unenlightened condition; I need to explain this unenlightened condition: Frankly, if we do not use Buddhism terminology to explain this it is very difficult, but when using Buddhist terminology to explain it some people have a problem understanding and accepting it. It is us – humans call it the unenlightened condition. In a nutshell, the unenlightened condition means to be unclear, unclear about the truth of life in the universe.

Why is one unclear? It is because one has an unenlightened condition.

How does the unenlightened condition start?

I am telling you, it is called no unenlightened condition where fundamentally there exists no unenlightened condition. If you have no attachment to the unenlightened condition, then the unenlightened condition does not exist.

What does this mean? If you have no attachment to your afflictions, your afflictions will be gone. Strangely, if you want to attach to it in that case, you will say afflictions exist.

Your affliction obviously exists, you see we sit here now and we have a body, do we not? Yes, there is a body.

Eye, ear, nose, tongue, body and mind produces the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, touch and all illusory phenomena, is it there? Yes, it is.

Why is it there? You have attachment to it.

There are people who say, I know what you are saying however, I cannot be without attachment – this is one kind. The second kind is, I do not want attachment, I do not have attachment – this means a thought possesses – “I do not have attachments”.

Sometimes explaining the depth of Buddha teaching can cause people to misunderstand, as though one is playing riddles, misunderstanding the more explained the more mysterious it gets. In fact, it is not so; rather the more it talks, the clearer it becomes. It is all due to your mind not being refined enough. If you are under the condition of Samadhi (the highest level of mind unmoved and undisturbed) when you hear the Sutra scripture, you will become enlightened and you will truly understand the truth of the universe.

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

 

所以我覺得研究【心經】最重要是你生活上的體驗去跟經文比對一下。佛經並不難。佛經,說真話,宇宙的現象;是你自己認為難。所以你看我們講現在沒有意和識,那這個人就輕鬆。沒有「意、識」不代表說他沒有辦法思想。他沒有「意、識」的人,表示沒有雜念;他的意和識轉成光明,轉成般若的境界。也講穿來,這是更深一層,他是清淨心的顯現,這大大的不同。

說真話,我們的「心」很難清淨,在座各位都有體驗。

這個「心」為什麼很難清淨?它就是前面意和識的作用。

那這種「意、識」作用,它會造成「生、老、病、死」。這個「生、老、病、死」,如果你用【心經】上講根本就沒有。

為什麼你會體驗到有?那是你錯誤的見解。再講出來,我們從小沒有覺悟的教育。如果你有覺悟的教育,你根本就不會有這種痛苦。我們從小的教育,人類的教育叫「得失」的教育,所以你難受。很多人常講我是得失,我做不到,那是騙人的。

為什麼?你真的沒有看清楚,你要真看清楚的話,它不是騙人的;它是剎那、剎那生滅連續的現象。我們前面也講過,科學界早就證明一切相皆是波動。你如果拿波動的觀念來生活,我告訴你,你就沒有得失。

無無明,亦無無明盡」,這個「無明」我要向大家解釋一下。無明,說真話不用佛家的術語解釋很難。但用佛家的術語解釋,有些人又聽不懂,沒有辦法接受。我們人叫無明。「無明」簡而言之叫不明白,不明白宇宙人生的真相。

他為什麼不明白?因為他無明

無明」怎麼起的呢?

我告訴你叫「無無明」- 根本就沒無明。

你如果不執著「無明」,無明就沒有了。

什麼意思?你不執著你的煩惱,你的煩惱就沒有了。

奇怪你要執著,你就說有; 你的煩惱明明有。

你看我們現在坐在這裡,有個身體,有沒有?有。

眼、耳、鼻、舌、身、意」,「色、聲、香、味、觸、法」,有沒有?有。

為什麼有?你執著它。

也有人講,我是知道,但是我不能不執著,這一種人。第二,我不要執著,我沒有執著,那你還有一個念頭就是我沒有執著。

佛法有的時候講到深處會讓人誤會,好像在打謎語,誤會說越講越玄。實際上不是,它是越講越清楚。因為你的心不夠細,你如果是在禪定的狀態,聽到經文上所講的,你就開悟了,你就真正瞭解宇宙的真相。

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