26 Nov Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 15
[Series of Master Shen-Long expounding on the Prajna Paramita (Perfection of Transcendent Wisdom) Heart Sutra]
(Last week we ended with, “Although it is an illusion and you still need to work on it.”)
Under what kind of situation will you do it? When you truly understand clearly, then you will do it.
However, when you are doing it, again you would say: “It is correct that I have understood it all, but I cannot do this.” This shows you have not truly understood, and you have not seen clearly. To have true clarity is when you are willing to use the enlightenment concept daily to live your life.
What is living with the enlightenment concept? It is to be purified of defiling illusion and equality.
To be “purified of defiling illusion” does not mean avoiding, like taking a nap, running away, or leaving home to become a Monk or Nun. There are no such things. “Purified of defiling illusion” means that one does not have the concept of taking for one’s own regarding any matter; or more directly, it is to be without covetous (greedy) thought. This greedy thought in the Chinese mind is exceptional. Since ancient times to today, this “greediness” is disastrous; they are greedy for everything. From the aspect of food, except for airplanes which they cannot eat, they consume all; either here, in China, in Taiwan, or anywhere. This creates karma.
What is Karma? It is delusional thought and attachment.
For one’s greediness, one lets the self and other people live restlessly.
Therefore, today if we need to use Prajna (wisdom), you need to learn from Buddha.
What is learning from Buddha? You are preparing to become Buddha, and no longer fool around in this human world, and are no longer conducting matters with “greed, resentment and ignorance”.
“Resentment” is anger after one does not get what one desires. “Ignorance” is after a person gets angry for too long and becomes confused and unable to distinguish between right and wrong. Therefore, this kind of phenomena in this society causes people to pursue things stubbornly and blindly. We need to think, we also have quite a bit of “greed, resentment and ignorance” in our mind; how to remove them?
Very simple. Change the concept, change to the Buddha’s concept. Because the Buddha’s concept is to stand aloof from worldly affairs and to bear no ill will towards anybody, but they also do not depart from the world.
Therefore, the greatest phenomena of a Buddha are what? It is to be purified of defiling illusion, meaning to have no fluctuations in the mind and no defilements. Having no fluctuations and no defilements is called Prajna.