MASTER SHEN-LONG | Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 20
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Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 20

Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 20

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

Today, especially regarding the word Prajna in the title of the Sutra, if you do not understand it, the following sutra text will be harder for you to understand.

What is the core of the Heart Sutra? It is the key to infinite brightness.

Therefore, when we chant Amitabha:

“A” means infinite.

“Mita” means quantity or capacity.

“Bha” means enlightenment.

You may say it represents a Buddha’s name, or it represents all Buddha’s names of ten directions from “past, present and future” of the universe, or it is the name of our self-nature. Therefore, when you chant Amitabha daily, it is to remind you not to forget that you have infinite brightness, infinite wisdom, infinite supernatural abilities, and infinite life span; also, it is to remind you of why you have become this way today?

Therefore, this name of Amitabha has countless and boundless functions, the only principle is for you to chant it with full sincerity. Chanting it with full sincerity does not mean to chant 24 hours a day; it means to have a mind purified of defiling illusion. Even though you chant one time is enough, this is very important.

To explore and study Dhyana (Zen) or learning about Esoteric Buddhism is the same way; you must control your distracting thought and delusional thought, then you will be successful. Therefore, the true cultivator does not practice superficial formality, nor how many sutra recitations, nor how many times you bow to the Buddha, nor how much money or things when you make offerings, nor how much you practice giving. It is rather that you can truly understand thoroughly and truly let go all.

In fact, speaking bluntly, practicing of giving should be giving all your afflictions away. Throwing out afflictions first is more important, otherwise everything else is idle chit-chat.

Today in summary, the most important thing is that everyone needs to do it; I think you all know how. You have now been sitting there for more than an hour, some are starting to get a bit tired, some cannot sit steadily, some are starting their delusional thoughts, and some are beginning to understand a bit; the thoughts of everyone are very clear. I wish that every one of you will seize your limited life to chant Amitabha to verify into that Infinite Life.

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

 

我想今天這種情形尤其對經題「般若」兩個字,你如果不了解這個,下面所講的經文,很難懂、非常難懂。

其實【心經】裡面所說的核心是什麼?它就是無量光明的樞杻。所以我們念佛:

「阿」是無的意思。「彌陀」是量。「佛」是覺。

你說他是一尊佛的名號也可以,他是十方三世一切佛的名號也可以,他也是我們自己自性的名號。所以你每天念這個佛號是提醒你,不要忘了你自己有無量的光明、無量的智慧、無量的神通、無量的壽命。奇怪,你今天怎麼會變成這個樣?

所以說,這一句佛號有無量、無邊的作用。唯有一個原則:老實念。所謂老實念,不是二十四小時去念他,老實念是心清淨,那怕你念一句就夠了。這個很重要。

「參禪」也是,「學密」也是,你要能夠降伏你的雜念、妄想你就成功了。所以真正修行人,不在表面的形式,不在念經多少,拜佛多少,不在你供養多少,不在你布施多少;而在你能不能真正看通,真正放下。

其實講穿來,「布施」是應該布施煩惱,把煩惱先丟掉,比較重要;否則一切空談。

所以今天我想做個總結,最重要就是各位要去做。我想你們都知道怎麼做。聽了將近一個多鐘頭,有的開始累,有的人坐不住,有的人打妄想,有的人有一點進入。每一個人的念頭,清清楚楚。希望各位能夠把握自己有限的生命,念佛去證入那個無限的生命。

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

 

 

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