MASTER SHEN-LONG | Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 127
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Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 127

(Last week we ended with, “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.” 

Having said that, these lectures from a moment ago can or cannot be comprehended by all of you. Have you awakened to that phenomena? Have you awakened that it is true, this is a thorough and good method? If you have comprehended this, do not ask if you are mindfulness Amitabha, you also do.  

Mindfulness Amitabha, remember is not just lip service. Not only with mindfulness but also conceptually to have an enlightenment way of thinking, an enlightenment way of looking at things, and enlightenment energy. You must have this concept. If you do not have it conceptually, this indicates you have not become enlightened. You have not quite experience for yourself its importance. You have not quite experienced that life is truly short, it passes quickly, then all is over. A moment ago, you were human, how come in a blink of an eye you are in a barren land, a place of pitch darkness all around. 

Indeed, there were many people who were extremely distressed at one’s transmigration. When they get to these places, they feel uncomfortable. During one’s lifetime they were a loner. After transmigration to the world of the hungry ghost, one becomes even more isolated and even the ghosts ignore him. Sigh! No one understands this misery. Nobody knows. So, during our lifetime in the world of the living we can cultivate ourselves in right practice, it is the greatest blessed reward. To hear Sutra explaining is the greatest blessed reward. One can be mindfulness Amitabha, that is exceedingly, and it would make a great difference. It is the “prime number one good root”.  

Successive generations of patriarchal teachers did not clearly explain this “prime number one good root”. Mindfulness Amitabha is not merely an exercise suited to the old grandpa or grandma, this method to enlightenment every person must inherently put into practice. It goes without saying that it is the supreme teaching of self-nature becoming Buddha. It goes without saying it is one’s own duty. We are Buddha originally, today we reincarnate to be humans and we will end up in the Three Lower Realms (animal, hungry ghost, and hell) in the future. Mindfulness Amitabha is our original share. Since it is our original share, then this good root is the supreme good root and there is no surpassing. 

Someone only wants to be an Arhat, however the Arhat has not eradicated the unenlightened condition. 

Someone wants to be Bodhisattva only, Bodhisattva come in many kinds, what kind of Bodhisattva do you want to be? To attain the highest grade - Absolute Universal Enlightenment (Samyak-Sambodhi), one has not become a Buddha yet. 
The Flower Adornment (Avatamsaka) Sutra states: 
Wen-Shu Bodhisattva (Manjusri) and Pu-Xian Bodhisattva (Samantabhadra) all ended up in Amitabha Pure Land. 

The “Ten Vows of Bodhisattva Pu-Xian (Samantabhadra)” leads and returns to Amitabha Pure Land. All Buddha encourage all Bodhisattva of Absolute Universal Enlightenment to go to Amitabha Pure Land. Guan-Yin Bodhisattva (Avalokitesvara) is also in Amitabha Pure Land. 

We are mindfulness Amitabha currently and arise a vow to go to Amitabha Pure Land, what kind of good root is this? It is the good root to become Buddha. It is not to become Arhat or Bodhisattva. No, it is not. 

Therefore, everyone should not feel self-inferior, and should not underestimate yourself. Also, you should not have swollen-heads and state that “I am mindfulness Amitabha now, I am superb, and all others are a status below me”. Do not be mistaken by this, if you truly become Buddha, your mind will be in equality and know that all beings are yourself. All beings are the essence of pure and illumination, and there is no discrimination. To accomplish the Six Paramitas in all modes of salvation and enlightenment in perfection is with mindfulness the name of Amitabha. 

So, today we explain Tolerance under Insult, by means of the name of Amitabha to replace it, the merit of your cultivation is infinitely boundless. This kind of cultivation is called fundamental cultivation. From:

Mindfulness Amitabha is the “cause” and becoming Amitabha is the “effect”.  

This is fundamental. The fundamental cultivation attains the fundamental “effect”. The fundamental “effect” is Buddha, Buddha attainment is the fundamental – the root. 

I wish everyone goes home with mindfulness Amitabha in each thought arising in the mind. 

Mindfulness, in every thought moment with Amitabha. In that case where does such things of insult exist? Where do such things of affliction exist? All vanishes like smoke in thin air. The more your mindfulness Amitabha, the better your vitality will be, and eventually you will correspond with Amitabha Pure Land, to have unrestrained body and mind and be without defilement. Seeing Amitabha come, the body takes off and there is no need for clothes, you follow him and alive to Amitabha Pure Land. 

Remember this, one with mindfulness Amitabha does not pass death or through the transitional stage with the soul out of the body. All goes to Amitabha Pure Land alive. A person goes there by way of sitting or standing.  I have seen one, whose body was relaxed like into the state of Samadhi (meditative concentration), with their clear head and left by sitting. Everyone saw Amitabha come to welcome him, and then he was truly gone. This is not a fairy tale. Everyone can experience for oneself in the future. 

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卷 (八)  忍辱波羅蜜

(上星期講到: 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。)

話說回來,剛剛講這些各位能不能領悟,就是你有沒有悟到那個現象。有沒有悟到說確實如此這是一個真正徹底的好方法。如果領悟到了,不叫你念佛,你也念。念佛,記住不僅是嘴念,不僅是心念,是觀念上有覺悟的想法、覺悟的看法、覺悟的能量,就是觀念上面你要有。如果觀念上面你沒有,表示沒有領悟。體驗不到重要性,體驗不到人生很短,一下過去了,完了。剛剛還做人,怎麼一眨眼現在到了不毛之地了,到了一片黑暗的地方了。

確實有很多人轉生非常苦惱,到了這些地方,很不自在。生前就是孤獨命,轉生到鬼道更孤獨,連鬼都不理他。唉!這種悲慘沒有人了解。沒有人知道。

所以能夠在我們生前 – 陽間來修行,大福報。能夠聽經,大福報。能夠念佛,那不得了,「第一善根」。

「第一善根」,歷代祖師都沒有把它講清楚。念佛不是只有老公公,老太婆;是一切眾生本來應該要實行的法門,本來就是自性成佛的最高法門,本來就是自己本分內的事。我們本來是佛,今天輪迴到了做人了,將來還要到三惡道去鬼混。念佛,是本分。既然是本分,這個善根是無上善根,沒有再超越了。

有人只想我做個羅漢就可以了,羅漢還沒有破「無明」。

有人只想做菩薩,菩薩很多種。你要做什麼菩薩?做最高到「等覺」,沒成佛。

《華嚴經》上文殊、普賢,最後都到極樂世界去了。「普賢十大願」導歸極樂世界。 一切佛勸「等覺菩薩」到極樂世界去。觀音菩薩也是到極樂世界去了。

我們現在念佛,發願到極樂世界去,這是什麼善根?成佛的善根。不是成羅漢、成菩薩,不是的。

所以各位不要自卑,不要瞧不起自己。不要自大,說我現在念佛不得了,這一切人等都在我之下,不要搞錯了。你要真成了佛,心就平了,一切眾生就是自己。一切眾生就是清淨光明的本體,不會有分別。「六度萬行,念一句佛號就圓滿」了。

所以今天講「忍辱」,以一句佛號替代「忍辱」,修行的功德是無量無邊,這種修行叫根本修。從「念佛是因,成佛是果」,這是根本。根本修成根本果。根本果是佛,佛果是根本。

我希望大家回去,好好的在起心、動念中念佛。念、念念佛。那有什麼侮辱這回事。那有什麼煩惱這回事。一切煙消雲散。越念精神越好,最後跟極樂世界相應,身心自在,一塵不染。看到阿彌陀佛來了,身體就像脫了衣服不要了,跟著走了,活著去了。

記住,念佛人沒有經過死亡,沒有靈魂這個階段,活著去了。坐著走,站著走的。我看過,身體清爽如入「禪定」,腦筋清楚,坐著走。大家看阿彌陀佛來接了,真的走了。這可不是神話。各位將來自己去親身去體驗。

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