17 Jun Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 41
[Series of Master Shen-Long expounding on the Prajna Paramita (Perfection of Transcendent Wisdom) Heart Sutra]
(Last week we ended with, “What is wisdom? It is when the mind is like a mirror that can reflect everything in clarity and one can see things clearly, and certainly does not arise with afflictions and doubt. In that case then it is correct.”)
Therefore, the life of modern people come in three kinds:
- Worried about worthless things.
- Sleep is forever not enough.
- Eat, drink and being merry – one does not abandon the self to a life of pleasure.
Where do these three phenomena come from? One incapable to master the life in the universe. This is a big problem.
Today the purpose of explaining the Heart Sutra is to wish all of you can throw out your worries a bit, using way at peace with oneself to look at this society. Speaking secular way is being rational, when your moodiness is in charge, you are in trouble.
What is the condition of rationality? When one’s rationality reaches 100% in charge that precisely is Prajna (wisdom). Therefore, he says here:
To initiate omniscient penetrative ability with crystal clear perception that all nature of Five Skandhas are the absence of inherent existence. So releasing oneself from all the obstruction caused by suffering and misfortune.
So, these Five Skandhas (the five composition elements of our existence); are all unreal. Seeing things this way means you have released yourself from all the obstruction caused by suffering and misfortune. It indicates that all your afflictions are gone, and empty. Therefore, the Great Master Yong-Jia at his moment of enlightenment as when he truly sees the truth about the universe, made this statement:
In a dream, there was undoubtedly the six forms of transmigrations, but after enlightenment there is nothing in it and the boundless universe has all disappeared.
In dream there exists the six forms of transmigrations; what are they? They are the phenomena of “birth, aging, sickness and death”, “virtue and evil”, “good and bad”. However, if you want to perform in the dream it is fine, but after you awake from the dream, you and the dream are no longer related. This kind of situation I trust everyone has experienced.
Why can you not generate any function from this experience? You are pulled back by your immanent worldly concept, back to your current situation.
Therefore, we have practiced cultivation for a long while, for 40 to 50 years even, and have remained the same. We are pulled back by our worldly way of thinking, looking at things, worry, fear, and so forth. The people in the world have three troubles: 1. money, 2. greed, and 3. life and death.
If you can resolve life and death, then there is no problem with the prior two.
If you resolve money and greed, there is life and death still to resolve.
If you remove greedy thoughts, may be having opportunity to resolve life and death, also money can be resolved.
All of you must not misunderstand, I am not telling all of you not to make money; rather when making money without a greedy mind. Your mind is clear and without pressure, you are purified of defiling illusion also do not bring any distress to the counterpart; then it is the real thing. If you can use this concept to face your life and death, then life and death to you is merely an illusory dream.