MASTER SHEN-LONG | Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 126
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Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 126

(Last week we ended with, “It is the same way with Buddhism now. The Buddha teaching originally was all good, however it is now being taken advantage and has become a religion. These words speak from where? It is from becoming enlightened.”) 

Although Chinese people live with a lot of pressures, their comprehension is not worse than other nations. You need to be aware that the harder the society is, the more intelligent its people are. Why? Society makes people uneasy daily, and some people want to get away from suffering and find happiness. The better the society is, the more peaceful, harmonious, happy, and beneficial its people are. If life is so easy like in heaven, then who would want to practice cultivation. No wonder China has come out so many wise practitioners. The wise practitioners from the past, surprisingly their ability of epiphany surpasses the world of heavens. Why? They know how to repent and reform. 

Therefore, the school of Buddhism stated that there are two kinds of people who cultivate oneself in the right practice who would surely attain the result; one kind of people never make mistakes, this kind of people is few. One kind of people who make mistakes and can be corrected.  

People from ancient times all day long say:

      If one can change after making a mistake, there is nothing better. 

We learn this by heart since we were little; however, after memorizing it we do not know its true meaning. Why we do not know? We do not know why we need to change. This is our modern society. Ordinary people cannot do it, they truly cannot do it. 

You tell one to change, to repent and reform; change, how to change? 
I did nothing wrong, what should I change?

Modern people’s concept of thinking is different from ancient times. In ancient times their thinking concept is based on co-prosperity and co-existence with society. Today our society is based on individual honor and survival alone. This means to be lonely, a lone operator, and keeping to oneself. In ancient times it was centralized, if a good Emperor ruled the nation, the nation was good; if a tyrant, the whole nation was finished, and all the people were sacrificed by him. Now society is not like this, they talk past each other. Therefore, there no one directly becomes Buddha or have rewards of the various stages of attainment, there is none; only by mindfulness Amitabha to become Buddha, yes, there is some. It is because this method of mindfulness Amitabha is convenient to do. The good root (natural capacity) of mindfulness Amitabha to become Amitabha is the primary good root; it surpasses the good root of Esoteric Buddhism, Zen Buddhism, the School of Consciousness Only, also the other eight Buddhism sects; it transcends all other religions. This good root which people should not underestimate is not just the average kind, this is: 

The cultivation method rises superior to Samantabhadra Bodhisattva to ascend the enlightenment shore. 

As stated in the Infinite Life Sutra, it even gets beyond the good root of Samantabhadra Bodhisattva. 

Other people think that “mindfulness Amitabha” is for the old grandma or old grandpa who have extremely low ability of epiphany, or their good roots are bad or their wisdom roots are bad to cultivate oneself in right practice; that is completely wrong, a total mistake. Mindfulness Amitabha is the great wholesome root, it is with mindfulness Amitabha directly, neither mindfulness the Bodhisattva nor mindfulness the Arhat. It is by means of mindfulness Amitabha to be the “cause”.  Following the rule of “cause and effect”, you plant the seed of a grape and it is not possible to produce watermelons. Therefore, to plant the “cause” of mindfulness Amitabha, in future to become Amitabha is the “effect”.

A moment ago, we talked about Tolerance under Insult. A person who does Tolerance under Insult well, while encountering the state of discontentment, mindfulness Amitabha can resolve it very easily. This is the wholesome root, the “supreme wholesome root”. 

As we have just mentioned, this has surpassed all Bodhisattvas, Arhats and practitioners; also, has surpassed Samantabhadra Bodhisattva. This wholesome root is identical with Buddha. The wholesome root of becoming Buddha is the method of mindfulness Amitabha. By using the method of mindfulness Amitabha to cultivate Tolerance under Insult yields twice the results using half the effort. When others insult you with unappealing words, you just think they want to go in for reincarnation, in the future they go to the world of Hell, so why follow them. With mindfulness Amitabha to have “purity, equality, enlightenment, compassion and illumination”, you apply the Buddha mind and the enlightenment mind to amend your behavior and to remove your afflictions is called Tolerance under Insult

Many people misunderstand Tolerance under Insult, once they call to mind Tolerance under Insult, everyone feels uncomfortable with how to tolerance that insult. So, I point it out now, by replacing with the name of Amitabha. Everyone should remember this; this is my third time reminding everyone: mindfulness of Amitabha is the supreme wholesome root. It is just like Amitabha:  

The light emission of the highest revered one, the king of all Buddha.  

He rises superior to all Buddha. “The method of mindfulness Amitabha” surpasses the whole gamut of teachings. One with mindfulness Amitabha will surpass all Bodhisattva of Absolute Universal Enlightenment (Samyak-Sambodhi). Think about it, today if you can mindfulness Amitabha is not easy. I use this method of mindfulness Amitabha to cultivate Patience under InsultCompliance with Moral PreceptsGenerosity-practice of giving; and the Six Paramitas (Six things that ferry one beyond the sea of mortality to nirvana) in all modes of salvation and enlightenment. 

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 (八)  忍辱波羅蜜

(上星期講到: 就像現在佛教,佛法本來好得很,被現在利用,變成宗教。這話從那裡講?領悟力。)

中國人雖然人民活得壓力很大,中國人領悟力可不比別的民族差。你不要看,越苦的社會越是有智慧的人。為什麼?社會每一天讓人不安,就有人要離苦得樂。越是好的社會,安和樂利。日子太好過了,就像天界一樣。日子太好過了,還修什麼行。難怪,中國出了這麼多有智慧的修行人。歷代有智慧的修行人,不得了,他們都是領悟力超越人天。為什麼?他們懂得懺悔。

所以佛家講有兩種人修行一定得到成績,一種人永遠不犯錯,這種人少。一種人錯了,可以改。

古人一天到晚講「知過能改,善莫大焉。」我們從小背,可是背了半天都不知道它意思。為什麼不知道?不知道為什麼要改。這就是我們現代社會。一般人做不到,一般人真的做不到。

你叫他改,其實就是懺悔。改,怎麼改? 我又沒有做錯,什麼地方要改?

因為現代人思想觀念不一樣,跟古代不一樣。古代思想觀念,它是這個社會是共榮共存。我們這社會不是,現在獨榮獨存。孤獨的意思,獨來獨往的意思,個人搞個人的。古代不是,古代是集中,如果一個好帝王領導國家,國家就不錯。如果一個暴君,國家就完了,所有人民都被他犧牲掉了。現在社會不是,各說各話。所以現代證果的人,沒有了,所謂直接成佛證果的,沒有了。只有「念佛成佛」,有。因為法門方便。念佛成佛,能夠念佛成佛的善根是「第一善根」;超過密教善根,超過禪宗善根,超過唯識宗,超過八宗,超過一切宗派。這個善根,你不要小看,這可不是普通善根,這是「行超普賢登彼岸」,《無量壽經》裡講「超過普賢菩薩善根」。

人家都以為念佛是老太婆、老公公體悟力很差、善根很差、慧根很差的人去修行,搞錯了。完全錯誤。念佛是大善根,直接念佛,不是念菩薩,不是念羅漢。以念佛為「因」。因果:你種葡萄,不會變西瓜。所以念佛,種念佛「因」,將來成佛「果」。

剛剛講「忍辱」,其實真正會「忍辱」的人,很簡單,遇到不平的境界,「一句佛號」就把它解決了。這是善根,這「第一善根」。我剛剛講超過所有一切菩薩、羅漢、修行人。一切超過了,連普賢菩薩都超過。這善根是跟佛的善根一樣。成佛的善根,是「念佛法門」。以念佛法門,來修「忍辱」,事半功倍。人家侮辱你了,講了不好聽的話,想一想他要搞六道輪迴,將來要去地獄道,我跟他一起去幹什麼。我念阿彌陀佛,清淨、平等、覺悟、慈悲、光明;你用佛心、用覺悟的心,來修正你的行為,來去除你的煩惱,這叫作「忍辱」。

很多人誤會「忍辱」,一想到「忍辱」,大家心裡不舒服,那個辱怎麼忍。所以我現在把它點出來,以一句佛號來代替。各位記住,這第三遍了,我講念佛是「第一善根」。就像阿彌陀佛是「光中極尊,佛中之王」,超越一切佛。念佛法門,超越一切法門。能念佛人,超越一切等覺菩薩,超越了。你要想一想,我今天能念佛,不容易、不容易。我以這來修「忍辱」、修「持戒」、修「布施」;修「六度」萬行。

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