MASTER SHEN-LONG | Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 58
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Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 58

Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 58

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

(Last week we ended with: It seems like there is always something to confine you, to restrict you from doing this or that; every day you become more and more narrow, and at the end of your life you become so narrow that you become only a spot, when this spot disappears that is the moment of your reincarnation.)

Therefore, regarding oneself does one understand? One only understands a certain extent; one only understands whether one has habits or not, but one does not know whether oneself has Buddha-nature or not.

Buddha-nature is the fundamental nature of enlightenment. Regarding this, I see that the average person truly does not understand this. Therefore, when we talk about no attachment, it means no attachment to your habit. Prajna refers to the function within your Buddha-nature. So many people worship Buddha and chant Amitabha their entire life without effect; one remains an ordinary unenlightened person.

Why? One is about life in the universe, one does not wish to change. The attachment of oneself insists on making one’s life difficult every day. One thinks Buddha Bodhisattva is one’s own Buddha Bodhisattva, then it is all over.

You need to remember that the first thing learning to become a Buddha is that you need to be lenient in your breadth of mind.

To what extent? To be without any boundary.

All religions have this foundation, but I am talking about Buddhism is an education that does not relate to religion. The reason why it does not relate to religion is because it does not have the unenlightened condition. Religion possesses the unenlightened condition; it contains adoration with a lack of understanding. Concerning the unknown future, and Heaven and God; one is completely without understanding. There is no cultivation path for one to become God; that is extremely inequitable to all living beings. But Buddha teaching is not like this; it is total equality.

Why? Everyone can understand the facts about the universe.

The question is whether you want to understand it.

Again, someone says: “I want to understand; how do I start? This is very simple; remove your ego of “I”. No longer use the concept of “I” to live.  For instance, “I” have eaten too much, “I” do not feel well, my belly suffers pain, or “I” look at that person; that was the “I” that caused the mischief.

Therefore, all of you come to listen to the explanation of the Heart Sutra, the most important for the mind is what condition?

The text of the Heart Sutra is very short, but it is the major crucial point of Prajna wisdom. If your mind is in the state of without mind also is not without mind, then you have succeeded.

Let me explain this in a different way, you currently have the behavior of thinking that demonstrates that you are still in the reincarnation.

What is reincarnation? You follow the track of an overturned cart in handling the matter.

The first condition of reincarnation is “greed (desire)”, the second condition is when one feels unwell when something is unobtainable, such as “resentment”. Feeling unwell for a long period of time results in becoming “ignorant”, lethargic and obsessively clinging.

Therefore, it is the three things of “greed, resentment and ignorance”, where do these three things come from? They are from the unenlightened condition.

Therefore, next it states: Also, no ending of the unenlightened condition, at least to no aging and death, also no ending of aging and death.

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所以每個人對於自己瞭不瞭解?他只是有一定的程度,他只瞭解有沒有習氣,但他不知道他有沒有佛性。

「佛性」就是覺悟的本性。這個我看一般人是真正的不瞭解。所以這裡談的不執著,是不執著你的習氣。「般若」講的是你「佛性」中的作用。所以很多人拜佛、念佛一輩子都沒有用,還是個凡夫。

為什麼?他對於人生宇宙他不願意改變。他自己的執著,非要每天跟自己過不去。他以為佛菩薩是他的佛菩薩,這完蛋了。

你記住,學佛第一件事情,你要心胸寬大。

心胸要寬大到什麼程度?沒有界限。

我們看所有宗教都有這個基礎,但是我要講的是:佛教是教育,它跟宗教沒關連;之所以沒有關連,那是因為它沒有「無明」。宗教有無明,有盲目的崇拜,對於上蒼上帝他完全不瞭解,他也沒有辦法跟它對話的機會,這不平等。但佛法不是,佛法完全平等。

為什麼?人人可以瞭解宇宙的真相。

問題是,你要不要瞭解。

又人說,我要。怎樣下手?這很簡單,把你的「我」丢掉,再也不用我的觀念去生活。譬如說:「我」今天吃得過多,「我」不舒服,「我」肚子難受。或者看看那個人,那完蛋,那個是「我」在作祟。

所以各位來聽【心經】,最重要「心」的狀態是什麼?【心經】很短的文字,但是它是「般若智慧」的樞紐。你這個「心」如果是「無心」亦「無無心」,你就成功了。

我們再講淺一點,你有思想行為,表示你還在輪廻。

什麼叫輪廻?一件事情重蹈覆轍。

輪廻的第一條件,「貪」。第二條件,貪不到難受。「瞋」,難受久了,「愚痴」,昏沉,痴念。

「貪、瞋、痴」三個東西,這三個東西從那裡來?從「無明」。所以它後面講「亦無無明盡,乃至無老死,亦無老死盡」。

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