MASTER SHEN-LONG | Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 15
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Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 15

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.

>>Click here to read the full series of Master Shen-Long expounding on Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra

 

什麼樣的情況你才會做?你真的看清楚了,你才會做。

可是你做的時候,你又說:「沒錯,我都懂,我做不到。」這表示說,你沒有真的懂,你沒有真的看清楚。所謂真正看清楚,是你願意每天用「覺悟的觀念」去生活。

覺悟觀念的生活是什麼?清淨、平等。

所謂「清淨」,並不是說:你逃避,我睡個覺,又不然我逃開,又不然我出家;沒有這一回事。「清淨」是對任何件事沒有「据為己有」的觀念。講得更直接,就是沒有「貪」念。這個貪念,不要說別人,我們中國人非常嚴重。外國人我們不去談,因為我們都是中國人。中國古代到今天,這個「貪」,不得了;他什麼都貪。就吃東西來講,除了天上飛機不吃以外,全部都吃。想一想,是不是這樣?

我們在這裡也看到是這樣,對不對?

中國、台灣,那裡不是這樣。這個造「業」。

「業」是什麼?妄想、執著。

他為了個「貪」字,他到處讓自己跟別人不安。

所以我們今天如果用「般若」的時候,你要學佛。

學佛是什麼?就是你自己準備作佛菩薩了,不再人世間鬼混了,不做「貪瞋痴」的事情了。

「瞋」就是貪不到就生氣。這個「痴」,生氣久了人就懵懵懂懂,是非不分。所以這種現象在這個社會,就造成人盲目的追求。

那我們要想一想!我們自己內心「貪瞋痴」也不少,這種不少要怎麼去除?

很簡單。觀念換一換,我們換成「佛」的觀念。因為「佛」的觀念是與世無諍,但是又不離開這個世間。

所以「佛」最大的現象是什麼?清淨。

「清」是不波動。「淨」是沒有污染。不波動而沒有污染就叫「般若」。

>>Click here to read the full series of Master Shen-Long expounding on Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra

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