MASTER SHEN-LONG | Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 66
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Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 66

Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 66

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

(Last week we ended with, “Like how we look at ancient eminent monks, their appearance is no different from us, and they act the same as us by eating, drinking, going to the toilet and sleeping. The only difference between them and us is that they leave here with their heads clear and when we leave our heads are unclear; it can only appear from this place.”)

When you are truly in the state of there is no wisdom, and nothing can lay hold of then you will entirely not have that distinction of subtle and distinguished thought. This is a very intriguing phenomenon.  It is very hard for us to experience this in our life.

From the beginning of hearing Sutra explaining until now, all of you may have a kind of feeling: this wisdom, how can it be produced?

We often hear people say: this person does not have wisdom. This wisdom, what is it after all?

The general worldly custom concept is to have wisdom and then one can lay hold of things however, the Sutra states: there is no wisdom, and nothing can lay hold of. This word no and nothing was explained earlier to mean attachment. All of you must not be mistaken about this; this no and nothing does not mean “does not exist”. Wisdom cannot be said that it does not exist, wisdom exists but you do not have attachment to it.

Like water, when you write on water and the moment you write, phenomena exists. After you finished writing, the phenomenon is gone. When you write, you see the ripples in the water clearly however, it exists at the same time the water ripples. As long your twig leaves the water, the water will recover.

What is this phenomenon? What you see is the separation and reunion of ions, the wave motion of your optical vision.

In fact, the ions did not move but rather, your eyes were affected by the image. Going further in-depth, fundamentally there are no ions. There is not a single thing originally.

No wisdom, itself has no attachment to wisdom. “Does not have wisdom” is when you do not know whether wisdom exists or not. One means that you do not have attachment, the other is the unenlightened condition.

So “no wisdom” and “does not have wisdom is called the unenlightened condition”, are two different things.

All of you need to think about this conscientiously; the difference between “no attachment” and “the unenlightened condition” is huge. The “unenlightened condition” is us living muddle-headed daily, where life right now seems not bad and pretty good, and in the future as you approach your end there will probably not be any sickness and you die of old age. Some people would say that one has lived one’s whole life very happily. But if you look at this today from the perspective of wisdom, this kind of living is known as an unenlightened condition of living, also a kind of living with attachment. Although one is muddle-headed, but within one’s unenlightened condition there is attachment. If there was no attachment within the unenlightened condition, the unenlightened condition would be easy to handle and could easily be eradicated.

Why? With no attachment, if you tell one to wake up, one wakes up. Whatever you want one to do, one will do. If you tell one to chant Amitabha, one chants Amitabha.

Today we have a big problem. We have attachment. Everyone’s minds all have different severe attachments, different severe state of gain and loss. If all of you can understand no wisdom, also nothing can lay hold of, then the gain and loss in your mind will disappear.

For instance:

We live in a good house, or our household is very poor; you do not have this concept. Other people purchased a car, we do not have this; you also do not have this concept.

What will my future life be?

What kind of job to look for?

I need to be such and such; you do not have these concepts at all.  

Now the issue is, whether you want to do it or not? Do it. Do it, but without attachment.

Human has affliction which compares between the past, present and future incessantly. There is a common saying:

Constantly comparing oneself to others will only make one angry.

There is another interesting one:

It does not hurt to shop around for the best deal.

You also need to think, is this real?

During our daily life, we constantly run into many trifles not to our liking. If you use the concept of no wisdom, also nothing can lay hold of, then you will not have afflictions.

Although all are trivial matters, to extend the concept to phenomena of “birth, aging, sickness and death”; this life I have lived unpleasantly and will die with deep regret and with remaining grievance. If you can use the thinking of no wisdom, also nothing can lay hold of, then you will not become this way. From the Diamond Sutra:

All phenomena are like a dream, a mirage, a drop of dew, a flash of lightning; that is how to observe them.

Primarily, problems are from here.

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如果你真的「無智亦無得」的時候,那個細微分別念頭的差別都沒有。這是一個奇妙的現象。這個在我們生活經驗當中很難體驗。如果各位從開始聽經到現在,可能會有一種感覺。

這個智慧到底要怎麼樣才會生出來?

我們常聽人家講,這個人沒有智慧,這個智慧到底是什麼東西?

一般世俗的觀念是有智有得,經上講:「無智亦無得」。這個「無」,我最先講說是執著,各位千萬不要弄錯,這個「無」不是沒有的意思,這個智慧不能說沒有,智慧有,但你不執著它。

像這個水,你在水上面寫字。你寫的時候,它有現象。你寫完了,現象也沒有了。你寫的時候上面的波紋你看得清清楚楚,可是有波紋的同時,你只要這樹枝一離開這水,水就復合了。這是什麼現象?

你看到的是離子的離合,視覺的波動。實際上,離子沒有動,眼睛著相了。如果再講深一點,根本沒有離子,本來無一物。

無智」,本身是不執著智慧。「沒有智慧」是你不知道有沒有智慧。一個是你不執著,一個是無明。「無智」和「沒有智慧叫無明」是兩樣。

大家要認真想一想,不執著和無明之間那個差別可大了。「無明」是我們每天糊裡糊塗的過,生活好像也不錯,也很好。將來死的時候,可能也沒有什麼病痛,壽終正寢。有人講,他的一生過的很愉快。但是你今天如果站在智慧的角度來看,這種生活叫無明的生活,也是一種執著的生活。雖然是迷迷糊糊,但無明中有執著。

如果無明中沒有執著,那無明很好辦,為什麼?沒有執著,你叫他醒過來,他就醒。你叫他怎麼樣,他就怎麼樣。你如果叫他念佛,他就念佛。

我們今天是大問題,我們執著。每個人的內心都有不同嚴重的執著,不同嚴重的得失。如果大家能瞭解「無智亦無得」的話,你內心的得失就沒有了。

譬如:

我們房子住的很好,或我們家很窮;你會沒有這個觀念。

別人買車子,我家沒有,你也沒有這個觀念。

我未來的生活要過的怎麼樣?要找什麼事情做?我要如何、如何,你都不會有這些觀念。

那現在問題是你要不要做?做。做而不執著。

人的煩惱就是過去,現在,未來,三個不停的去比較。俗話說,人比人氣死人。還有一句話很有趣,貨比三家不吃虧。你要想一想,這是不是真的?

我們日常生活中,時常遇到許多不如意的瑣事,這些瑣事,如果用「無智亦無得」的觀念,那你就不會有煩惱了。

雖是小事,引申到「生老病死」。這一生我過的很不愉快,含恨以終,死不瞑目。如果你用「無智亦無得」的想法,你就不會這樣。一切皆是夢幻,皆是泡影,如露亦如電,應作如是觀。主要是這個問題。

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