20 Jan Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 132
(Last week we ended with, “The name Amitabha naturally emerges out of the head as “Amitabha, Amitabha…”, one after one, and the flow will remain even if you are not thinking on it. During your recitation, you must hear with clarity; also, you must recite each syllable with clarity, without distracting thoughts and without interruptions. The interruptions mean there is something to interrupt. Does it cut off? No, it does not. When you talk to people, answer the phone, and do things, strangely, it continues and does not cut off. If it cuts off, that is fake, and you do not have the skill. The mindfulness Amitabha does not break off.?)
Of course, having no doubt is the prerequisite. If there is doubt about the method of mindfulness Amitabha, to have doubt about any method of cultivating oneself in right practice, then one’s cultivation will not work. “Doubt” is the greatest obstacle of Bodhisattva. Proficient diligence is Bodhisattva’s Pure Land. The Pure Land of Bodhisattva establishes proficient diligence. Bodhisattvas in wholeheartedness want to rescue all beings who want to become Buddha quickly to complete the “Three Bodies and Four Wisdoms”. They rescue all beings so they must have proficient diligence. This strength of proficient diligence lets them to devote themselves to perfecting their cultivation of infinite existence of world periods instantly.
These Bodhisattvas who have already eradicated one grade of the unenlightened condition have attained one grade of realization of the Dharma Body and you are unable to tell their exertion. They make effort among the supernatural powers in which Buddha and Bodhisattva take their pleasures and this is called “to achieve the way of enlightenment leading to nirvana effortlessly”. The primary Stage, the “Joyous stage” of Bodhisattva cultivation for those who have already acquired supernatural powers, one practices effortless ways to attain enlightenment leading to nirvana continuously until the status of Avaivartika (progression towards Buddha-hood never recedes from the position attained) as the Avaivartika Bodhisattva. Within the 41 grades of cultivation tiers between the first grade Bodhisattva (as the 11th of 52 cultivation grades) to the state of Absolute Universal Enlightenment Bodhisattva (Samyak-Sambodi as the 51 of 52 cultivation grades), they are in proficient diligence. This is exceedingly.
Today, can a common person achieve mindfulness Amitabha and have proficient diligence like them? Yes, one can. We need to learn, learn to be like them similarly. But you know, there are some unknown old grandmas, grandpas, men, women young and old, their proficient diligence way of mindfulness Amitabha, their proficient diligence strength is more awesome than the Absolute Universal Enlightenment Bodhisattva (Samyak-Sambodhi). Why? They have the support of Amitabha’s 48 vows; in addition, they have the proficient diligence power’s support from all Buddhas.
So, one can have mindfulness Amitabha to what extent? The state of no distracting thoughts to mindfulness, this is awesome. “No distracting thoughts to mindfulness” is first-class proficient diligence. Proficient diligence is divided into three levels of superior, medium, and inferior and also divides into the three ranks and nine classes. The “lower” proficient diligence is when one has the concept and idea of doing so. Others talking about practicing Zen meditation or cultivating the Esoteric teachings you would disregard all and say, “I am mindfulness Amitabha”. This is the lower proficient diligence.
Mindfulness Amitabha every word properly, are you mindful to the state of eradicating your unenlightened conditions? No, not yet; this is still the early stage. Have you unified with Amitabha in mind for 24 hours? It is getting closer. This is the “lower” state.
The “medium” proficient diligence is when you end the affliction of misleading views and perceptions. To what grade? The attainment of an Arhat – the 4th grade of Arhatship. The “medium level” is the state of “one-pointed concentration without scattering to all phenomena”.
Just now talking about the “lower level” is “unifying with Amitabha in mind for 24 hours unceasingly”. Although affliction has not ended completely and you are unable to escape from the Threefold World (Triloka – the universe divides into three worlds of karmic rebirth, Desire, Form and Formless), you can subdue your affliction like stones press over grass. This is the “lower” proficient diligence.
The medium proficient diligence as an Arhat who has attained the Samadhi of the 9th (the mind is fixed and undisturbed) has surpassed the “four meditative concentrations of both the Realm of Form and the Formless Realm, a total of eight meditative concentration levels”. After one surpasses that, one’s mindfulness Amitabha is proficient diligence.
Ordinarily, an Arhat would take at least 20,000 existence of world-periods (1,344,000,000 years x 20,000) to turn from the Hinayana teaching to the Mahayana path. For the Pratyekabuddha of Hinayana on the Mahayana path will need 10,000 existence of world-periods (1,344,000,000 years x 10,000). If he turns his mind today to mindfulness Amitabha, less than one existence of world-period is needed. Sincerely with mindfulness Amitabha, instantly he goes and is born to the realm of “Temporary Realm” in Amitabha Pure Land which is above the “Realm of Where All Classes dwell”. The “Temporary Realm” is for Saints of Hinayana. If you are the 1st grade Arhatship as Srotapanna, by mindfulness Amitabha you can make use of the awe-inspiring Amitabha support to land in the “Temporary Realm”. In Amitabha Pre-Land, the four realms are harmoniously integrated with each other and there is no barrier. This is calledthe “medium level”.
Just explaining the “superior” proficient diligence is like the Sixth Patriarch has eradicated one grade of unenlightened condition and one has realized one grade of Dharma Body. Some can eradicate several grades of unenlightened conditions and realize Dharma Body. If again one has mindfulness Amitabha, it increases efficacy to advance at mindfulness Amitabha. This is exceedingly, one attains the state of “one mind undisturbed in enlightenment”; instantly one becomes the Buddha of the Perfect Teaching School. Division of the Buddha’s teaching of the Tian-Tai School: The “Small Vehicle Teaching, Preliminary Teaching, Final teaching, Immediate Teaching, Complete Teaching”; The “Hinayana School, Mahayana-cum-Hinayana School, Differentiating Teaching School, and Perfect Doctrine Teaching School”. One attains the Buddha status of the Perfect Teaching School.
Therefore, Buddha of the Perfect Teaching School, what is the fastest way to attain is? It is by proficient diligencemindfulness Amitabha.
All of you ought to think where you set your mind. You truly learn the Buddha’s way; do you not want to become a Buddha? The fastest method to become Buddha is proficient diligence mindfulness Amitabha uninterrupted.
As just explained, mindfulness Amitabha sincerely will not cut off. It is impossible to be interfered by any trivial matters and unable to continue. There is nothing of this sort. It is non-mixing, no distracting thought and erroneous thinking. As just explained by the “Three Ranks and Nine Classes” – superior, medium, and inferior, all are without distracting thoughts and erroneous thinking. When reaching to the top, then is the state of eradication of the unenlightened condition.
No doubt means having no doubt regarding all of Buddha’s teaching, and their teaching of mindfulness Amitabha. Having no doubt, from a common person’s level, is only to initiate a thought “from now on, I have mindfulness Amitabha all the way to the end” which is called proficient diligence. This is particularly important.
卷 (九) 精進波羅密
這「破一品無明，證一分法身」的法身大士，他們用功你看不出來的，他在遊戲神通當中用功，叫「無功用道」。「初地」 – 「歡喜地」他就得神通力。他就無功用道，一直到「阿鞞跋致」，就是阿惟越致菩薩。初地到等覺當中，四十一個品位，全部都是「精進」，這不得了。
「中乘」精進是斷了「見思煩惱」，斷了「見惑」、斷了「思惑」。什麽品位？阿羅漢 – 四果羅漢。中乘是「事一心不亂」。
在座各位，你們要想，你的心擺在那兒？你真學佛，不是要成佛？成佛最快的法門 – 精進念佛，不間斷。剛講過「真心念佛」不會斷。不會有個事來打個岔，就斷了，沒這種事。不夾雜，沒有雜念、妄想。剛剛講「三輩九品」 – 上中下，沒有雜念、妄想。到最上，就是破無明了。