19 Nov Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 61
[Series of Master Shen-Long expounding on the Prajna Paramita (Perfection of Transcendent Wisdom) Heart Sutra]
(Last week we ended with, “So, hearing the Sutra explained is known as learning of the Sutra and called an experience for oneself. To see things is not seeing, it is through learning and to experience for oneself.”)
Before, the Buddha explained his teachings in different dimensional worlds because all living beings have different attachments. In some worlds, beings have sharp (“sharp” meaning sensitive) noses. When you invite one for a meal, if they smell a flavor and become enlightened. Our beings here have a sharp hearing nature, which means ears are extremely sensitive, so hearing can be penetrated.
Some people when they hear something good will turn it into bad, this means one has an overly worried mind.
Some will hear something not so good and then turn it to good; this is called having an “unorganized mind”.
Some people after hearing for a while do not hear anything, this is called having an “unenlightened condition mind”.
When we hear with full concentration and have no distracting thought when hearing, after it enters the hearing faculty that pure condition launches a sympathetic response with your Buddha-nature. This is important. This hearing is not a normal way of hearing.
The normal way is simple where one goes to school to learn. When you are interested in something you hear it, if it is not of your interest then you let it be and try to get out of class quickly.
The teaching of the Buddha is not this way; hearing Buddha’s teaching is wonderful, you hear all with the purified mind of defiling illusion.
What does it mean? Your mind does not arise with thought, but you hear everything clearly.
When all of you has listened the Sutra explaining for a while, if you let go of all when hearing, I am telling you, after hearing a couple of words you can become enlightened and you understand the true facts about the universe. If you have not let go, there are distracted thoughts in your mind, then I am telling you, you will never able to understand it from hearing.
If you have let go of all to hear, never mind listening to Sutra, even listening to opera you will become enlightened too.
Why? When listening to the rising and falling of the sound of opera singing what you hear is called the fundamental nature behind the sound expression and not the surface of the song. Hearing Sutra explaining is also the same way; you hear the fundamental essence of the Sutra. If you apply the same way to handle all matters, you will enter the fundamental essence of all matters, and you will never feel tired no matter which way you do it. For instance, if you are a businessman you invest and earn money, and however way you handle it, you do not feel tired. Also, if you have children and grandchildren with numbers up to 100 or even 1000, you will not feel tired.
Why? Your mind will fundamentally not be concerned about it.
At present, your biggest problems are the concerns you have; these concerns are the source of life and death because your mind follows the ups and downs. Therefore, many people have said that learning to become Buddha, the first thing one should be is without affection (emotion). Do not misunderstand this, being without affection (emotion) is when one is unmoved regarding affection (emotion). Affection (emotion) is a delusion; when you are delusional then your consciousness will be confused, and your thoughts will become unclear. When your thoughts are not clear, the function between your central nervous system and automatic nervous system with your brain are completely non-functional, and you are completely captivated by external activity phenomena.
There is a joke, where all people who practiced Dhyana (Zen) meditation attained good results.
Someone said: “More than ten years ago, I saw someone owed me five dollars and one still have not paid me back yet.”
He initiated this delusional thought and while he saw this phenomenon, he was confused by the phenomena and still had attachment to it. If your mind is purified of defiling illusion, you will see your lives from age to age across infinite existence during world-periods and you will not be confused by these phenomena. Although there exists infinite time and infinite space, these phenomena are a dream. We talked about this before, in dreams there exists “birth, aging, sickness and death”, exists unenlightened condition, exists eyes, ears, noise, tongue, body, and mind; exists sights, sounds, smells, taste, and all illusory phenomena. But if you realize it is unreal during your dream, then I congratulate you that you have succeeded.