MASTER SHEN-LONG | Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 43
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Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 43

Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 43

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

(Last week we ended with, “Why is it this way? It is the result of your past life affinities plus conditions. You have both good affinities and bad affinities.”)

All of you need to think, all material phenomena, feeling, thinking, mental formation, and consciousness has brought us the phenomena of “birth, aging, sickness and death”; the phenomena of “birth, aging, sickness and death” we have just spoken of is unnecessary and unjust.

Recently I ran into a friend whose relative just passed away, and within this matter of life and death she comprehended one thing:

Nothing you can take with you. The body suit you came in is the same one you go out.

Never mind at the time of death that nothing can be taken with you, even the moment now you already cannot take anything with you.

What can you take with you at this moment?

Nothing can be taken from your past; nothing can be taken from your future. Ancient people said:

Past, present and future are all unreal.

It only lives in your way of thinking, looking, saying and doing; it does not exist in the “reality” as we talked; it is certainly impossible. Therefore, today we learn to become Buddha, learn to not deceive ourselves.

How to face it? You need to face yourself 100 percent.

You cannot do just one percent and then call it quits, I cannot accomplish this like the “river and mountains may change, my essential nature will not”. You are being fooled again.

The description of “river and mountains may change, my essential nature will not;” this is what other people tell you.  It is the common education in this society. If you lived in outer space, then you fundamentally would not have this kind of education. If you lived in another enlightened family, it would not be possible for you to have this kind of concept.

I once encountered a person, he was very simple. He could read people clearly; however, his mind was unmoved by any phenomena.

Why unmoved? He told me it was simple – our way of thinking is different.

How come? He rarely has his way of thinking. He does not have dreams at night, and his body is healthy and lived long. He knows when he will leave the earth.

Are there many people like him? Yes, there are many.

For example, in earlier agrarian-based societies there were many people like him. They did not have any worries and afflictions. Every day they get up to work at sunrise and retire at sunset – the societal condition was very simple. As the result, people of ancient times when they listened to Sutra explaining could become enlightened.

What is becoming enlightened? It is when one sees the truth about the universe.

Modern people are relatively difficult.

Why? There is too much to be concerned about, too much to worry about. They not only need to manage their own affairs, but they also need to manage others.

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

 

大家要想一想,「色、受、想、行、識」,帶給我們「生、老、病、死」,這個「生、老、病、死」我們剛剛也講,沒有必要的,冤枉的。我最近踫到一個朋友,朋友的親戚走了。她自己從這個生死當中,看見一件事,她說:「什麼都帶不走!」

不要說死的時候什麼都帶不走,你現在就都帶不走。

你現在帶走什麼?

你過去也帶不走,你未來也帶不走。

古人講:「過去、現在、未來,是假的。」它只活在你的想法、看法、說法、做法當中,它並不是存在於我們所講的「現實」,這絕對不可能的。所以今天我們學佛,學習絕對不欺騙自己。

怎麼面對?百分之百的面對。不能說百分之一,我算了,反正我做不到,「江山易改,本性難移」,你又被騙了。

「江山易改,本性難移」,這是人家給你說的。這個社會的通途教育。如果你活在外太空,你根本沒有這個教育。你如果活在另外一種覺悟的家庭當中,這是個觀念。

我曾經遇到一個人,他很簡單。他看人看的清清楚楚,可是他的心不動。

為什麼不動?他自己跟我講,簡單嘛;我們想法不一樣。

為什麼?他很少有想法。他晚上不做夢,身體健康長壽,自己曉得什麼時候離開地球。

這種人多不多?很多。

我舉個例:農業時代這樣的人很多。他不會操煩,他也不會有煩惱。每天日出而做,日落而息,社會狀況非常單純。所以古代的人聽經,可以開悟。

什麼叫開悟?看見宇宙的真相。

我們現代人比較難。為什麼難?牽掛太多,憂慮太多。不僅自己事要管,還有別的事也要管。

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