MASTER SHEN-LONG | Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 55
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Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 55

Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 55

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

(Last week we ended with, “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.”)

The problem is that your mind has two states:

  1. Disorder, where your mind is frenetic and unpeaceful;
  2. Lethargic (drowsy), where your mind is unclear.

These two phenomena lead your mind to start the unenlightened condition.

There is one phenomenon, for a person who has eradicated the unenlightened condition, precisely everyone is drunk whereas they are sober. Even though I am sober I stay in the drunk condition, but do not pass out.

People who drink, when you shake or move them, they would say: “I am not drunk yet.”

In fact, is he drunk? Yes. We can see it clearly.

The sober one pretends to be drunk; why? Truly speaking, he needs to associate himself with everyone, but do not follow the bad example of everyone. His mind is bright; therefore, he associates himself with everyone. He looks to be the same as you, but he does not follow your bad examples. His every word and action daily; If you are with him he is teaching you, but you have not come to realize it.

In the previous period when the venerable monk Guang-Qin was alive he had many disciples and many lay disciples. Who has truly learned from him? Too few.

Why? First, his appearance was the same as us. In our mind, we constantly think that Buddha Bodhisattva should look different, they must look like the painted portrayal on a scroll and book, with light emissions and be able to move the earth.

Does he truly emit light and move the earth? All Buddha statues are for demonstrating teachings; emitting light expresses how their mind is purified of defiling illusion, their earth movement is to vibrate people’s minds with the enlightenment condition, to jolt you awake from the middle of a blurred and indistinct state. Therefore, that is how it is expressed in the portrait, in fact he does emit light.

Does the earth move?  Yes.  We do not feel it.

How about the light of Amitabha, does it shine? Yes.

In addition to Amitabha, Jesus Christ also has a light and that light is also incredibly vast.

Is anyone from the Heavenly world here? Yes, you do not have this feeling.

Why? You have the unenlightened condition.

Regarding this point, I can do a testimonial. For instance: Our Earth was originally a bright place, the outer sky was not black, and it was shining.

How come it is not this way now? Human attachments are getting deeper and deeper, and when it reaches to a certain extent, the will of the people becomes gloomy.

In outer space, there are many planets that have individual rings of light like the planets of Venus, Mars, and Mercury. Our Earth does not seem to have this.

What does this mean? The environment we stay in has become more and more contaminated.

What is contamination? It is attachment and illusion.

Does it truly contaminate? It does not.

All of you need to remember, this unenlightened condition is unreal, it exists phenomena, just like us now how we always do not become enlightened.

We know ourselves that we need to become enlightened, why are we always unable to become enlightened? It is because in your head there is the thought of being “always unable to become enlightened”.

Therefore, another situation of this unenlightened condition is that all the phenomena of this world are caused from the unenlightened condition.

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

 

問題是你的心有兩種:

  • 掉舉,你的心七上八下。
  • 昏沉,你的心不清。

就這兩種現象,讓你生起「無明」。

這個有一個現象是這樣,「破無明」的人有一點,就是眾人皆醉我獨醒;雖獨醒但他還在醉的狀態中,但他沒有醉倒。

喝酒的人,你搖搖他,動動他,他說:我還沒有喝醉。

實際上,他有沒有醉?有。我們看得清清楚楚。

醒的人是裝醉,他為什麼裝?說真話,他要跟大家同流,但不合污。他的心地光明,所以同流,他看起來和你一樣,他不合污。他每一天的一言一行:你要是和他在一起,他在教你,但你不悟。

看廣欽老和尚以前在世的時候,下面弟子很多,俗家弟子也很多,那一個人真正從他身上學到東西?太少了。

為什麼?第一,他外表跟我們沒什麼兩樣。我們常常腦筋裡,佛菩薩不一樣;他一定是像畫像看的,書上寫的,不得了,放光動地。

他到底有沒有真的放光動地?這個佛像都是表法,他放光表示他心清淨;他那個動地,震動人心覺悟的狀態,把你從迷矇當中震醒。所以畫像上是這麼表達,實際上他有放光。

有沒有動地?有。我們沒感覺。

你說阿彌陀佛的光有沒有照?有。

不要說阿彌陀佛,耶穌基督都有光,那個光也大的不得了。

天界下來到底有沒有?有。你沒有感受。

為什麼?你有無明。

如果講到這一點,我可以做個證明。譬如說:本來我們這個地球是一個光明的,外面那個天不是黑的,是亮的。

為什麼現在沒有?人的執著越來越深,深到一個程度,人心暗淡。

你看外太空很多星球都有光環,金星,水星,火星,木星都有光環。我們地球人好像沒有。

這什麼意思?我們所在的環境,越來越污染。

什麼東西污染?執著跟幻想。

它有沒有真的污染?它沒有。它沒有真的污染,各位一定要記住,這「無明」絕對不是真的,它有現象,就像現在我們老是不開悟。

自己也知道自己要開悟,為什麼老是不開悟?因為你的腦袋裡面有一個老是不開悟。

所以這個「無明」的另外一個狀態,就是世界所有一切現象是什麼造的?無明造的。

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