MASTER SHEN-LONG | Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 122
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Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 122

(Last week we ended with, “Do you know why one is unable to achieve even 1%? It is because of their feeling of superiority, it is arrogance arising from the complex of inferiority.”)

This is genuinely toxic, if not removed even consecration with the nectar of immortality cannot be poured into one’s head. Why? All turns into poison which means trouble. 

Especially in Esoteric Buddhism speaking about “the consecration”, Esoteric Buddhism specializes in “bodily unity in the form of worship, oral unity in chanting, and mental unity in faith. These three are in correspondence identically with the Tathagata (the perfected one)”.  The Guru (Tibetan master) depends on the time the disciples’ affliction has limited to some extent, then the Guru is able to do the consecration on them. The meaning of consecration only symbolizes the passing over of the supreme method of Buddha teaching’s pure and bright to you. When can it be passed on? When your body and mind have been purified of defiling illusion to a certain extent. The best level is 100% pure which is exceedingly difficult. 

Now is the period of degeneration and extinction of the Buddha teaching, there is no more people who are really qualified to be consecrated by passing over the supreme Buddha teaching. This is because what modern people want does not correspond with enlightenment. What they want is to follow their own emotions as “happiness, anger, sorrow and joy” and their own preferences issuing erroneous thinking. Buddha teaching is the opposite. The Buddha teaching removes erroneous thinking. After erroneous thinking is removed then you can see the real situation of the universe. This is the primary stage like graduation from Elementary School. One then has the qualifications to go to Junior High. 

The school of Buddhism:  

Graduation from elementary school attains the status of the 4th grade of saint-ship of Arhat. 

Going to Junior High School is the Pratyekabuddha status. 

Reaching High School is the Bodhisattva status which still has 52 ranks going forward. 

To reach the state of “eradication one level of the unenlightened condition, attain to one level of Dharma Body”, is attaining the status of “the 1st rank of the ten stages of spiritual characteristics achieved of the Perfect Teaching”,  and is the same as  “the 1st rank of ten Bodhisattva stages of the Distinctive Teaching” to go to University. 

After reaching to the 7th rank of ten Bodhisattva stages enters the Master program. 
Reaching the 10th Stage enters a Ph.D program. 
Graduation from the 11th stage, one qualifies to be a professor. 
Reaching the 12th Stage is Buddha attainment and is the fulfilling goal of the whole. 

For innumerable existence of world-periods, we will not have the opportunity to receive the consecration (by passing over the supreme Buddha teaching onto our heads), not have the opportunity to have Buddha attainment, and not have the opportunity to let go of our afflictions and attachments. Why?  very day we are confused and run around in circles by our own afflictions. 

I often say: a person’s last breath before approaching the end of one’s life, one must put it all down. Of course, it is best to let go all now. If you can let go of all before your last breath, you will put down your original mortal flesh and the original defiled thinking behavior with afflictions. The last second before your dying breath you can let go of all and turn your mind to become “pureness, equality and enlightenment”, and you are able to be mindfulness with “Infinite Light, Infinite Life”, or to chant the name of Amitabha. 

“A” refers to infinite, 
“Mita” refers to quantity or capacity 
“Bha” refers to enlightenment. 

Then this person may be a little better in his next life. In the event that you have deep-rooted wholesomeness and do not want to carry-on this way anymore in the next life, you will want to go to the Amitabha Pure Land to recover the essence of tranquil radiance, then this is accomplishment.  

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卷 (八)  忍辱波羅蜜

(上星期講到: 你知道為什麼沒有一分?因為自大,自卑中產生的自大。)

真的毒性,要是不去除,「甘露醍醐」灌到他腦袋裡都灌不進。

為什麼?全部變成毒藥,這個麻煩。

尤其在密教講「灌頂」,密宗它講究身口意 – 「三密相應」。上師要看弟子,什麼時候煩惱斷了幾分,才給你「灌頂」。灌就是一種象徵,把佛法光明清淨的法門傳授給你。「灌」就是傳授。「頂」是頂法 – 最高的法叫頂。我們講我們頭頂,在講最高,是這意思,把最高的佛法傳授給你。什麼時候能傳授?就是身心要清淨到一個程度才有辦法,最好是百分之百,那很難。

現在「末法時期」,真正能夠有資格被灌頂的,沒有了。因為現代人他們想要的東西都跟覺悟不相應。他們想要的東西就是依照自己的喜怒哀樂,依照自己的喜好在打妄想。佛法不是,佛法是去除妄想。把妄想拿掉以後,看到宇宙真相了,這是初步,小學開始畢業,初步有資格可以上初中。

佛家:小學畢業是四果阿羅漢。上初中是辟支佛。到高中是菩薩,菩薩還有五十二個階位。到了「破一品無明,證一分法身」了,「圓教初住」、「別教初地」,這是大學。到了「七地」是碩士班。到了「十地」是博士班。到「十一地」畢業,可以做教授了。到「十二地」是佛的果地,圓滿。

我們無量劫來,都沒有機會接受灌頂,沒有機會證果,沒有機會把自己煩惱、執著放下,沒有機會。為什麼?每一天被自己的煩惱,搞得團團轉。

我常講人臨終前一口氣,要能放得下。當然現在放下最好。你能一口氣沒斷以前能放下,放下原來的臭皮囊,放下原來的汚染的煩惱思想行為。臨終的一秒鐘你能夠放下,轉成清淨、平等、覺,能念一句「無量光、無量壽」,念一句阿彌陀佛。

「阿」是無,「彌陀」是量,「佛」是覺。

那這人,下一生可能來做人的時候稍稍好一點。如果善根深厚,想下一生不要搞了,要到極樂世界,去恢復清淨光明的本體,就有成果了。

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