MASTER SHEN-LONG | Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 62
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Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 62

Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 62

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

(Last week we ended with, “We talked about this before, in dreams there exists “birth, aging, sickness and death”, the unenlightened condition, “eyes, ears, noise, tongue, body, mind”, and “sight, sound, scent-smell, taste, ideas”. But if you realize it is unreal during your dream, then I congratulate you that you have succeeded.”)

We have dream experiences; some people dream about forces of evil like ghosts and goblins or saw in a dream that a tiger wants to eat you and you were so scared and was sweating all over. A person with this way of clear thinking and if they know the dream is unreal, then one awakes from it. This life of ours is just like a dream, long but very fast.

Looking at the Heavens of the Thirty-Three (Trayastrimsas) described in the Buddhist Sutra like the Heaven of Jesus Christ and the Jade Emperor (referred to in Chinese as the one who rules Heaven and Earth). One day there is equivalent to 100 years here. We are here for a whole life that is not even 100 years which is very difficult. Granted you could live a full 100 years, but it is merely one day in their Heaven.

Therefore, with regards to space and time, the difference is infinite and boundless. The attachment is also different. The higher the level, the lighter the concept of time and space. Last time we talked about the “Heaven of Neither-Perception nor Non-perception”, the highest Heaven or the 28th tier as the top Heaven of the Formless Realm. One day there remarkably is 80,000 existences of world-periods (kalpas). One existence of a world-period (kalpas) is 1,344 million years here multiplied by 80,000. This illustrates the number where month, year, and time can be calculated.  The number of days from the Buddha’s vision, as eyes of the enlightened one, is an instant. This kind of an instant feeling is just like when you concentrate on something, and suddenly time and space has been forgotten until the moment you become aware of it wondering how come time flew by so quickly.

Many people on one’s 80th birthday, turnover in one’s mind: 80 years have gone by in a flash, in a few years one will enter the coffin; this is what one is thinking.

Buddha Bodhisattva do not think this way:

Eighty years as if an illusion, selflessness is the sincerest.

While one’s sincerity to the utmost becomes selflessness.

Therefore, other people say:

Tathagata is for infinite existence of world-periods as if having illusory dream, after all predestined affinities ended, originally there is no one there.

Infinite existence of world-periods, infinite time is a pipe dream.

After all predestined affinities ended, as that disappearing state, that creation (beginning) and extinction (ending) state of all and every requirement, basically there is no person.

Just like our cells which goes through a metabolic process daily, can you control it? No, you cannot.

From birth we are destined to have death. This process, to tell you the truth, no one can escape. That is because: You are using the three minds (past, present, future) and the two consciousness (discrimination and attachment).

If you now use the mind of no aging and death, also no ending of aging and death; then I congratulate you; that is truly called:

In dreams there is undoubtedly six realms of reincarnation, and after one enlightened then the whole universe exists nothing.

I say repeatedly these few sentences to remind everyone:  In future when conducting yourself and handling things, you should not use this secular concept of “gain and loss”. If you use this kind of concept, then you will suffer unspeakably.

Why? You affect by gain and loss, also live injustice and pointless for your life.

Why not be disillusioned with everything and let go of all to live your life?

Even if you cannot attain supreme enlightenment, at least you will live pleasantly. To be disillusioned with everything is to see clearly the facts of life in the universe, all phenomena are the assembling of ions, atoms, and electrons. Letting go of all is to take to heart the handling all matters without pressure. Therefore, the basic concept of being disillusioned with everything and letting go is to have the mind be carefree and without worries. If you have worries, then you are making life difficult for yourself.

Why? The time is already too short. Eating, drinking and going to the toilet has already occupied approximately half of this whole life, not including lying down in bed to sleep. True living in this life is not even one-third of the time and within this, one-third there are unpleasant days and muddleheaded days; truly satisfactory and happy days are not that many. Happy days also have many different tiers, so a truly happy day in life is only a few minutes. You spend your whole life with this attachment concept for only a few minutes of happiness, you have not treated yourself worthwhile.

If from now on you start to come around and let go of the concept of time and space now, then you are entering the phase of no aging and death. Afterwards, you further enter a kind of no ending of aging and death, where even this thought of no aging and death does not exist.

From just a moment ago until now, we only talked about this creation (rising) and extinction (falling).  Previously we talked about non-creation (beginning) and non-extinction (ending) of all phenomena; this time we talk about “creation and extinction”, does it exist? No, it does not exist.

Even non-creation and non-extinction does not exist as nothing having been created nothing can be destroyed, where is the creation and extinction?

All this is for the convenience of language. Therefore, Buddha explains the Sutra using a lot of terminology.

Why? For the purposes of letting you to not have attachment. It is for this kind of ingenious function.

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我們做夢有經驗,有的人做夢,夢到妖魔鬼怪,夢見老虎要吃他。夢裡嚇的一身汗。腦筋清楚的人,做夢就知道是假的,夢就醒了。我們這個人生就跟夢一樣,長但很快。

我們看佛經裏面講的「忉利天」,耶穌基督,玉皇大帝這一天。它一天是我們這裏一百年。我們這裏過一輩子,一百年都不到,很難。你就算到一百年,只是人家上面一天。

所以時間,空間,無量無邊的不同,執著也不同。越往高層次,時間,空間的觀念就越淡薄。我們上次談「非想非非想處天」,就是天界的第二十八層,最高的那一天,「無色界」的頂天。它一天不得了,是八萬劫。一劫,是十三億四千四百萬年乘以八萬。表示它有這個數目,年月時光可以計算。這個天在佛眼看起來,覺悟的人的眼睛看起來一剎那。這種剎那的感受就像你專心一件事情,突然時間空間忘記,等你意識到的時候,奇怪,怎麼這麼快。

很多人過八十歲的生日,想一想,一恍八十歲了,沒有幾年就進棺材了,他想的是這個。佛菩薩不是。八十如幻影,無我是真誠。真誠到了極致:「無我」。所以人家講:「如來無量劫來如夢幻,諸緣空處本無人」。無量劫,無量的時間是夢幻泡影。

諸緣空處,所有一切條件那個消失的狀態,那個生滅的狀態,根本就沒有人。             

就像我們細胞每一天要新陳代謝,你能控制它嗎?不能。

我們從小一出生註定要死亡,這個過程,說真話,逃也逃不掉。那是因為:你用什麼心?你用三心二意。你若現在用「無老死,亦無老死盡」這個心,那我就恭喜你,那真的叫做「夢裏明明有六道,覺後空空無宇宙」。

我今天反覆講這幾句話,就是提醒大家:你將來做人做事,不要用這世俗「得失」的觀念。你若用這個觀念,苦不堪言。

為什麼?你得失,也冤枉過一生。

為什麼不看破放下來過?

就算不能大徹大悟,你也會過得很愉快。「看破」是看清楚宇宙人生的真相,一切現象都是離子,原子電子的組合。「放下」是認真做事而沒有壓力。所以「看破、放下」的基本概念是做一個無憂無慮的人。如果有憂有慮,說真話,那跟自己過不去。

為什麼?時間已經很短了。這一生吃喝拉撒尿大概佔了一半,還要在床上睡覺,我看人生真正過的不到三分之一。三分之一裏面有不愉快的,渾渾噩噩的,真正順心愉快的沒有幾天,快樂又有層次的不同。所以人生真正快樂只有幾分鐘。你用一生執著的觀念,真是冤枉。

如果你這個人現在開始想通,現在的時間空間的觀念放下,那你就進入「無老死」。進入「無老死」以後就再進入一種「無老死盡」,連這個「無老死盡」的念頭也沒有。

從剛剛一直講到現在,就講一個「生、滅」。上次我們講不生不滅,這次講生滅,有沒有?沒有。

不生不滅都沒有,那還有什麼生滅。

這都是語言上的方便。

所以佛講經用那麼多名詞,為什麼?為了不讓你執著。就這樣的妙用。

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