MASTER SHEN-LONG | Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch: Introduction (Part 1)
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Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch: Introduction (Part 1)

Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch: Introduction (Part 1)

(Excerpt from the Introduction of Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch,expounded by Master Shen-Long)

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The relic of the Sixth Patriarch, Master Hui-Neng’s full corporeal body.

Today I am going to talk about the sutra’s full title: Dharma Jewel Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch, the Great Master.  

This sutra is very well known and rated the highest in Chinese society. Of those who study Buddhism, there are none who do not know this Sutra. Its short name is known as the Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch. This sutra was personally expounded by the Sixth Patriarch with ten chapters in total. We all know about the Great Master, the Sixth Patriarch Hui-Neng, who opened up his intelligence and attained enlightenment at the age of 24. After his enlightenment, there were also 43 people who achieved supreme enlightenment under his guidance. These 43 people can all be collectively known as the most virtuous Patriarchs (a title of honor for Buddha). ‘Achieving supreme enlightenment’ is precisely when they have beheld their Buddha-nature and become Buddha, and they discover the true ‘mind’ and see the inherent pure ‘nature’.

What kind of mind?         A mind that knows the truth of the universe.

What kind of nature?     It is the Buddha-nature spread all around everywhere.

After they comprehend both of these personally, and behold the supreme enlightenment, only until then true cultivation begins. After beholding the supreme enlightenment starts the cultivation to completely put an end to all of their tainted unhealthy habits within this life-term. Only this way will a person not enter into the reincarnation cycle, not fall into the Three Realms (Triloka) and Six Realms of Reincarnation. If even one bit remains that has not been fully eradicated, a person will still create karma and receive the consequences.

Therefore, today we explain the Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch. It is also the gathering of our predestined connection, which is extraordinarily unique and superior. To publicly explain the enlightenment statement of the Sixth Patriarch ‘There is not a single thing originally, Where can there be any dust? ‘, especially during this period of degeneration and extinction of the Buddha Dharma, where numerous people practice cultivation and rarely one has attained enlightenment – only by relying on the method of chanting Amitabha can one be saved! Thus, this is extremely important.

摘錄神龍道人講六祖壇經之引言:

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Liang Kai, Sixth Patriarch Chopping Bamboo, 13th c.

今天我們要講的經叫六祖大師法寶壇經。這經是非常、非常、知名度在我們中國可以說是最高的。學佛人沒有不知道的,每一個人都知道,簡稱「六祖壇經」。這部經是六祖大師惠

能他自己講的,從這個「行由」,行由一直到最後總共十品。我們都知道六祖大師二十四歲開悟,開悟以後,在他手上大徹大悟的人有四十三位。這四十三個人都可以稱為祖師大德.所謂大徹大悟就是見性成佛,明心見性。

什麼心? 宇宙實象。

什麼性? 佛性遍一切處。

他們都見到了,見到以後,還要「悟後起修」。「悟後起修」在這一生當中把所有的習氣斷乾淨。這樣才不入輪迴、不墮入三界六道。如果有一分沒有斷乾淨,他還是要造業、要受報的。所以我們今天講這部壇經,也是因緣聚會,非常殊勝!尤其在末法時期,億億人修行,罕一得道,唯一念佛得度;在這樣況狀中來講一講「本來無一物,何處惹塵埃。」這是非常重要。

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