MASTER SHEN-LONG | Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 124
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Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 124

(Last week we ended with, “We currently still have the human concept or mixed concepts as human and animal combined. The generation after us will have less human concept.   Going further to the next generation will only exist with the animal concept, the next generation after that will only have the ghost concept which is trouble. Furthermore, the next generation will only exist with the hell world’s concept.”)

Today we heard about the Six Paramitas speaking about the Perfect of Tolerance under Insult (Ksanti-Paramita). We must think about learning the Buddha’s way, how to get the real benefit and use it? 

Especially mindfulness Amitabha can you correspond with the state of purified of defiling illusion and radiance? Can you correspond with the energy of Amitabha Pure Land?

Many people have this doubt. In fact, we mentioned this several times before. If we change our concept to “purified of defiling illusion, equality and enlightenment” to only 20%, there will be response.  

"Purified of defiling illusion”, is not that you do nothing, it is that you do not have a burden in your mind. This is called purified of defiling illusion. No burden, no affliction is purified of defiling illusion.      
“Equality” is seeing all beings and the self are equal in mind, it is the same peace and there is no difference. I am not talking about external appearances now. There is a difference with external appearance, where “poor, average, wealthy and noble” classes exist; the physical appearances, the way of being, the voice, and the bones are all different. Although there are differences in external appearances, everyone has an inner Buddha-nature which has an enlightened essence, the enlightened nature of purity, equality, and enlightenment; that is equal. 
Some people misunderstand, obviously it is clear that they look like this: how does a swan compare to a toad? 
It is not the case, that is about external appearances. This emphasizes that the essence is the same, all of them is enlightenment essence, then become enlightened with “purity, equality and enlightenment”.      
“Enlightenment” is what? It is just like what was just mentioned to repent and reform.
Why do we need to repent and reform? It just like talking about enlightenment now.                                                                                                                                            
Some people say: 
Why do we want to be enlightened? Being enlightened to do what? 
We are living well now; why do we need to have enlightenment? 
They do not understand this meaning. They do not know we come to be human in a muddle-headed way. As just mentioned,
Do not know why one comes here? 
Do not know what to do now? 
Do not know where to go in future?  

Precisely they are just not aware of it. To call you to become enlightened is to wake you up, turning the unenlightened into enlightenment. “Epiphany” is to comprehend, to become enlightened. “Epiphany” is to understand the phenomena of life in the universe. If one cannot comprehend, one is in trouble.  

After seeing so many people for many decades, to be honest, few people have the power of understanding. It is exceedingly rare. Being awake and to have epiphany are all difficult. The “epiphany” is the result of cultivation from a previous life. In previous lives, one had very nimble mental exercises and were very aware. Only persons possessing spiritual nature can comprehend. It is to experience that sphere, environment, sound, and language; to experience from within. This cannot be forced. Honestly speaking, it is the edification of an individual from their previous life. A person with high epiphany ability will know before someone finishes speaking. Like explaining Sutra, I had participated in a teaching session led by an elder Master explaining the Sutra, and as soon as he ascended to the seat of honor and put his two palms together, the disciple became enlightened right away and was enlightened to all phenomena as unreal and false. This cannot be described in words. 

Sometimes only explaining a Sutra halfway, one becomes enlightened. Or sometimes after explaining the Sutra, one becomes enlightened. Shakyamuni Buddha explained Sutra during his time, and after he finished the whole volume of the Sutra, there were many, many people who opened their intelligence and achieved enlightenment, and many who have attained truth by personal experience. Overall, the “ability of epiphany” is extremely important. Where is the “ability of epiphany” from? After the body and mind are purified, the energy of enlightenment becomes stronger and stronger. Everyone here should give it a try. 

Ineffective Mindfulness Amitabha, not competent, still feel pressures in life all do not have enlightenment. Why? Without that comprehension, there is no way to comprehend the enlightenment language, and the phenomena of enlightenment. One is unable to do it. It is like this: Whether knocking or beating yourself, or shooting yourself dead; all would not work, it is difficult. No one can help, you can only ask yourself: How come I cannot understand other people’s saying?

What is the reason? It is precisely that you have too many erroneous thinking and distracting thoughts. But there is another reason –the most important – is excessive attachment to your own way of thinking, viewing, speaking, doing and holding on too much. When it is excessive, it makes one unable to wake up.  To dream continuously, one is mentally and physically unstable.  

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卷 (八)  忍辱波羅蜜

(上星期講到: 我們現在還有人的觀念,人的觀念參半,就是動物的觀念跟人的觀念參半。我們下面沒有了,下代人的觀念很少,再下一代動物的觀念,再下面鬼的觀念,這麻煩。再下去就是地獄道的觀念。)

我們今天聽到「六波羅蜜」當中,講「忍辱波羅蜜」,就要想了,學佛怎麼樣才能真正的得到利益?得到真正的受用?

尤其念一句阿彌陀佛是不是真正能感應到清淨、光明?感應到極樂世界磁場?

很多人都有這個疑問,實際上前面也幾次都講,如果我們的觀念改一改,改成清淨、平等、覺,只要百分之二十,就有感應。

「清淨」,並不是什麼事都不做,是你心裡沒有負擔,這叫清淨。沒有負擔,清淨。沒有煩惱,清淨。

「平等」,看到眾生跟自己, 心裡平等,是一樣和平沒有差別。我現在講的不是外表。外表有差別,外表「窮、通、富、貴」;長得形貌、相狀、聲音、骨骼不一樣。外面有差別,裡面佛性,每個人都有覺悟的本體 – 清淨、平等、覺的覺性,那是平等。

有人誤會,明明我長得是這樣,天鵝怎麼跟癩蛤蟆比?

不是這樣,那是講外面。講本體是一模一樣,全部都是覺悟的本體。然後覺悟 – 清淨、平等、覺悟。

覺悟是什麼?就像剛剛講懺悔。

為什麼要懺悔?就跟現在講覺悟一樣。

有人說:幹嘛要覺悟?覺悟要做什麼?現在活得好好的,覺什麼悟?

不懂這個意思。他不知道,我們做人是糊裡糊塗來的。剛講:

來這裡不知道?現在做什麼不知道?將來去那裡不知道?

就是不覺。叫你「覺悟」是叫你醒過來,把不覺變成覺。「悟」是體悟,領悟。「悟」,是了解宇宙生命的現象。不能體悟,麻煩了。

這麼幾十年看了這麼多的人,說實在話,少有人有悟性的,少有。不要說覺,悟都很難。「悟」,是前生修來的,前生就是很靈,講很靈很覺。常講這人很有靈性,才能體悟。「領」,是領受那個境界、環境、聲音、語言,從裡面去體驗。這強求不得的,實在講個人過去生的薰陶。領悟力高的人,話還沒講完,他就知道了。就像講經,我以前參加過一個老師父講經,他一上座,一合掌,底下有弟子就覺悟了,覺悟一切相皆是虛妄。這沒有辦法講的。

講經有時候,講到一半,覺悟了。講完了,他覺悟了。佛當年講經,講完一部經,開悟的、證果的人很多,很多。基本上我們講悟性,這是太重要、太重要。「悟性」怎麼來的?身心清淨後,覺悟的能量越來越强。在座各位要試一試。

念佛不得力,用不上力,對於生活還覺得有壓力,都是沒有覺悟。為什麼?沒有那個體悟力,沒有辦法領會覺悟的語言文字、覺悟的現象,他沒有辦法。這個是這樣,敲也不行,打也不行,槍斃也不行,難!沒有人可以幫,只能問自己:我為什麼都聽不懂人家講的?  

剛剛講這什麼原因?就是自己妄想、雜念太多了。還有一個原因最重要 – 太過執著,對於自己想法、看法、說法、做法,太過度抓著不放。太過度了,就導致他沒有辦法醒過來,夢一直做。沒有辦法醒過來,身心不安。

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