02 Sep 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.
卷 (八) 忍辱波羅蜜