MASTER SHEN-LONG | Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 118
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Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 118

(Last week we ended with, “We live to 40 and 50 years old, or 50 and 60 years old, we may feel this a little bit; but how can one understand when we are young.”)

Speaking about kids ages 7 to 8, or ages 12 to 13, there are some who understand this concept of the foundation of happiness is to help others. In the past, when one of my classmates saw little kittens or dogs, she would touch them and console them. Smiling to all her classmates, she was very humble and courteous. It was only later we realized that this was how she thought, this was not taught by her family. Her mother was fierce, and her mother’s manner of talking was completely different from her daughter. 

Later on, I accessed the teaching of Buddha, and only then did I understand that everyone has a past life’s history. This history is one’s experience. If one has strong good intentions, then everything in one’s life is smooth; if one has strong bad (evil) intentions then it will be bumpy everywhere in this life.

As I just mentioned about that elderly man who figured it out, what happened in the first half of his life did not go well. Even when he went shopping, people would stare at him coldly. Later, it all changed, it was the same people where he lived in that small town for 40 to 50 years.    

He went to the grocery store to buy things, the store owner would say: “You have changed. You really have changed. You have become very smooth and peaceful. Tell me how did you make this transformation?”  

   He told the owner: “Change your way of thinking”. 

This is a living example. Today, regardless if you are learning the way of Buddha or not, this is another matter. That is precisely your concept, causing others to insult you. We just talked about inferiority or superiority. A person with inferiority, always has the feeling that people look down on him, always feeling that this world is unfair or God is unfair. A person with superiority considers all the good in the world should be theirs. The good life of the people is due to my blessing. These are the two polarizations. The people, the entire country, and the entire human society have too many encounters in this life like this. Therefore, I say I have really encountered this enlightened and humble elderly man in my life, he is truly what you say about him, he greets people with a smile. It is not pretend, but comes from his heart and there is no pressure. 

This is what we mean when talking about the Tolerance of Patience under Insult. from the perspective of patience, enduring must be eliminated and melted away from peacefulness. If you still endure phenomena, you must not have an easy living. For example, I used to know a marathon runner, long-distance running requires endurance, racewalking requires endurance to walk more ten kilometers in one go.     

            I then asked him: “Are you not tired from doing this?” 

He said: “Of course, in the first 7, 8 to 10 years, always feels pressure, especially participating in the competition. This pressure becomes a long-term burden on my body and mind. Later, I gradually got used to it. The Chinese have an old saying: Once you form a habit, it becomes natural to you. After getting used to it, it is strange, it felt like I was in a competition daily. Even during the days of no competition, I walked so fast. During the competition I also walked so fast. The pressure gradually averaged out and I gradually did not feel the pressure.”

From this, it can be known that today learning the way of the Buddha, why am I unable to do it? Precisely it is not having the concept of Buddha. The Buddha concept is neither having tolerance nor having insult; there is no one who insults you. 

Who was insulted? This “I”. 
Does this “I” exist? No, “I” also do not exist. 

Since the person and this “I” both do not exist, then it is your mind, neither a person hurts you nor a “I” get hurt; this matter is easy to handle. Therefore, after the enduring eliminated off, then tolerance is easy to handle. The Chinese character ‘tolerance 忍’, with a blade and knife on top and a “heart 心” on the bottom, to feel as if a knife were piercing through your heart. If you let go of the person and “I”, then the heart (or mind) is not there. That knife, where is it? 

This is speaking about the phenomenal characteristics. 

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卷 (八)  忍辱波羅蜜

(上星期講到: 我們活到四、五十歲,五、六十歲也許有點感覺,可是小時候那裡懂。)

七、八歲小孩子、十二、三歲的小朋友,助人為快樂之本,有的小孩就懂。以前同學很好玩,看到小貓、小狗,摸摸牠,安慰安慰牠。對一般同學都是笑咪咪的,很謙虛、很謙恭。後來才知道,原來她的想法就這樣,不是她家裡教的。她的媽媽很兇的,我們看過,她媽媽講話跟女兒完全兩回事。

後來接觸佛法,才知道每個人有每個人過去生的來歷。來歷就是他的經歷。善念強的,這一生做什麼都很順﹔惡念強的,惡念就是不平之念,這一生到處遭遇都很坎坷。

剛講那老先生想通了,他前半生的遭遇,真是到那裡,那裡不順。去買東西,人家都給他白眼看。後來改變了,同樣一個人,他就住在小鎮上四五十年,同樣的這群人。

他去雜貨店買東西:老闆都說:「你變了。你真的變了,你變得非常的順,很平和。告訴我你是怎麼變的?」                          

老先生只跟他講一個,他說:「改變你的想法。」

這是活生生的例子。今天學佛也好,不學佛也好,這是另外一回事,就是說你的觀念,造成別人對你的侮辱。剛剛不是講自卑、自大。自卑的人,心裡總覺得人家瞧不起他,總覺得世界對我不公平,老天爺都對我不公平。自大的,認為所有一切世間的好處,都應該是我得的,人民過的好日子都是我給你們造福造來的﹔這兩極化。這一生中實在碰得太多了,周圍的人、整個國家、整個人類社會就是這樣。所以我講我一生真正碰到過覺悟、謙虛的就這位老先生,他真的是你怎麼講他,怎麼說他,笑臉迎人,不是裝的,從內心發出的,心裡面連一點壓力都沒有。

這是我們剛講「忍辱」的忍,從忍耐上面來看,就是耐力這個耐字,要從平和中把它消融掉。如果你還有忍耐的那種現象,一定不輕鬆。舉個例:以前認識一個跑馬拉松,長跑要有耐力,競走那個快步走要有耐力,一次走個十幾公里。

我就問他說:「你這樣不累?」

他說:「對,剛開始這七、八年、十年內,總覺得有壓力,尤其參加比賽。壓力變成他身心上的一種長久負擔。後來他說漸漸習慣了。中國人講:習慣成自然。漸漸習慣以後,奇怪了,好像每天都在比賽,不比賽的時候,我走也走這麼快。比賽的時候,我走也走這麼快,壓力慢慢平均了,慢慢不覺得有壓力。」

由此可知,今天學佛,為什麼學不成?就是沒有佛的觀念。佛的觀念,是忍也沒有,辱也沒有,就是侮辱你的人也不存在。

誰被侮辱?我。

我,存不存在?我也不存在。

人、我都不存在,就是你的心理,沒有人傷害你,也沒有我受傷害;這個事情好辦了。所以耐字消融以後,忍就好辦。忍,上面是個刃是個刀,下面心,刀割心。如果人、我放下,心,就沒有了。那刀,那裡有?

這是講相。

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