24 Dec Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 19
[Series of Master Shen-Long expounding on the Prajna Paramita (Perfection of Transcendent Wisdom) Heart Sutra]
For those who explore and study through meditation of Dhyana (Zen) of then and now; speaking truthfully, individuals who had truly verified into the truth like the Sixth Patriarch of Dhyana (Zen) Buddhism are very, very few; cannot say that there are none. Secondly, the practice of Esoteric Buddhism having “body, mouth (words) and mind” united with the Buddha is truly difficult to attain. Especially for the ordinary person, it is not possible to be that way, and without that kind of training, it is impossible. As the result, it is better to rely on the name of Amitabha.
This name of Amitabha can let person verify to what sphere? People of the majority do not know. Buddhist Sutras have already stated this, but we are careless and overlook all of this, but the sphere of one’s verification is the same as Amitabha’s personal verification- 100% Prajna (wisdom).
This is the reason I talk about the Bliss World of Amitabha Pure Land – it is directly related to Prajna. His mind has already been completely purified of defiling illusion and without rising afflictions; therefore, under this condition, the benefits, merits and virtues are extremely infinite.
Everyone during ordinary days are all busy with things to do, and when you deduct the time of eating and sleeping, and further deduct time for your delusional thoughts and afflictions, think how much time of clear-headedness do you have?
Probably what is left in your lifetime is not even 10%. If you truly concentrate on chanting Amitabha and form a habit of chanting Amitabha daily – the habit of enlightenment – then I congratulate you, for you yourself will naturally know when to resolve your life and death. Because you are all here today, I need to offer a method to you, otherwise all this talking is wasted.
Because Prajna (wisdom), by using other school’s methods to verify is too difficult, even if your supernatural ability manifests before you, it is no use; besides it does not link up with your supernatural ability. I have seen many people who have supernatural ability; they truly have this ability, achieving many inconceivable situations, but I am telling you, they have piles of afflictions.
Why? Just like what I said, they think their entire life is real.
If after you go to the Bliss World of Amitabha Pure Land to relook at this world, then it will be different, you will have recovered complete purity, and you will never be confused again regarding this world.
After you are no longer confused, what do you do? You will come to help and enlighten all living beings, by that time you are able to completely help all living beings.
Why? You have the ability, where not only your supernatural abilities have recovered, but also the immeasurable and boundless Buddha Bodhisattva bless their power on you, and you have verified into Buddha enlightenment perfectly.
Therefore, do not underestimate this name of Amitabha; when you chant it, you arise and resonate with all Buddha Bodhisattva and you already enter their world, only you do not understand and do not know. Wait until the favorable circumstances have ripened and your mind will be crystal clear.
Therefore, the only function of Prajna is to have clarity. To have thorough clarity is called “achieving supreme enlightenment”.