MASTER SHEN-LONG | Eradication Of The Unenlightened Condition
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Eradication Of The Unenlightened Condition

Master Shen-Long, Eradication Of The Unenlightened Condition 破無明, 1999. Ink on xuan paper, 4.5 x 7 ft.

Explanation by Master Sheng-Long: 

Eradication has two meanings: (1) Precisely to fully understand the reality and truth of life in the universe and all kinds of everything. (2) By means of enlightenment power to personally realize your own endowed Buddha-nature and to achieve the purpose of becoming a Buddha in perfection, self-enlightenment and to enlighten others. 

The Unenlightened Conditions refers to the unknown; when you do not understand life in the universe and the truth of arising from conditional causation in myriad affairs and all things, this results in arising affliction to cause karmic-retribution, reincarnation in the round of mortality, and being unable to free yourself!

This painting presents “life in the universe” as a defiled world with afflictions, and the empty space in the middle expresses how enlightenment power can break through the darkness of reincarnation in the eternal cycle of birth and death. Immediately it can manifest the unlimited brightness of the true form of life as it is.  It symbolizes how after destroying afflictions, you can realize the truth of your inherent endowed Buddha-nature and eternal life, therefore the title is called “Eradication of the Unenlightened Conditions”! 

神龍道人釋義

破:有兩義:(一)就是徹底明暸宇宙生命,萬事萬物之實相與真理。(二)以覺能親證自己本具之佛性而達到圓滿成佛自覺覺他之目的。

無明:就是不明白;不知道宇宙生命以及萬事萬物緣起的真理實相。以致起惑造業,輪迴生死,無法解脫!

破無明是從修行中開發覺能,進而完全暸解宇宙一切之真相,這就叫打破不明白而親見真理,超越生死輪迴,成就菩提!

茲幅畫面呈現出宇宙人生乃一片烦惱之濁世,而中間之留白則表示以覺能突破生死輪迴之黑暗,當下顯現出生命實相之無量光明。它象徵破除煩惱後親證本具佛性與永恆生命之真理,故款之曰破無明!