20 Jan Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 137
(Last week we ended with, “Inexhaustible wisdom-life refers to infinite wisdom. Infinite wealth is precisely adorned with infinite seven treasures and radiance. We hear people talk about it all day long, unfortunately, you are not quite functional in all.”)
Have you seen the limitless bright light? In my view, it is a no.
Why not? Every aspect in your body and mind is muddy. If your body and mind have limitless bright light, this wonderful thing your body is transparent. This transparency is invisible to the naked eye. If you are bright mentally and physically, seeing another person with a bright mind and body will be transparent, and they will also see you with transparency. The ions of our flesh then turn into ions of light is how this is explained. If you let go of today’s afflictions and radiance, even let go of the phenomenal characteristics, then the radiance is beyond description. Presently, using light barely describes the self-nature purity. In the end, one even lets go of the light, and has let go of the concept of neither light nor things (there is no word can fully and correctly describe this condition).
Basically, you need to live free from resistance, and to live happily you need to change your mindset. For “mindset”, if you can change 20% your body and mind has purified of defiling illusion. Gradually letting go to 30% to 40% or up to 50% and above, then everything goes smoothly.
One day I came across someone who asked for a son, but he could not get it for 10 years; some are not able to get for more 20 years, and some are not able to get it for 30 years. One day he changed his concept, from his radiant self-nature manifested the thing he wanted. How does it manifest? When he is physically and mentally uncontrolled by erroneous thinking, attachments, and afflictions, he can manifest it. It means that the supernatural power and penetration ability; he can use his mind to control ions to transform into materiality. It is not a magic trick. The magic tricks are the illusions of the eyes.
But the true self-nature bright light originally which possesses this ability in life is omnipotent, and it can manifest anything. Just like Amitabha Pure Land which manifests from infinite purity, bright light, and the merits of Amitabha. This kind of manifestation is totally different; he even let go of his supernatural ability. Amitabha pledges the 48 universal vows, and even let go of his power of the vows. This is truly proficient, and truly diligence. It is distinctive.
I think many explanations about proficient diligence are different from mine, they only explain as the name suggests. They do not know that the true proficient diligence is the self-nature’s purity and bright light, and the life energy is endless and inexhaustible. That kind of proficient diligence is real and eternally unchangeable. It does not change because of returning to this life by re-entering a mother’s womb in preparation for rebirth into this world.
If today you truly see self-nature’s purity and bright light, then there is no more re-entering a mother’s womb in preparation for rebirth into this world. Furthermore, there does not exist the illusion of intermission between this life and former life after entering the fetus and being reborn. What is called without the illusion of intermission between this life and former life after entering the fetus and being reborn? If you are truly here to help all beings, after re-entering a mother’s womb in preparation for rebirth into this world, you remember things in your previous lives clearly, but most people forget everything, this is called the illusion of intermission between this life and former lives. You have experienced all kinds of phenomena.
Talking about the Transformation Body of Buddha and Bodhisattvas to re-enter a mother womb in preparation for rebirth into this world; even when they re-enter the womb, they remain in the state of proficient diligence but the bright light in their mind will always remain. Today the Buddha teaching has declined in such a way, mainly because Buddhist disciples do not know the meaning of proficient diligence. They do not know the true implications of “generosity-practice of giving, compliance with moral precepts, tolerance under insult, proficient diligence, Zen meditation to Samadhi, and wisdom”; which is the biggest problem. Since they are not clear about the meaning, therefore, the teachings of Buddha are reduced and have become a religion.
From the perspective of the 48 Vows of Amitabha, the 18th vow is:
One mindfulness Amitabha sincerely up to ten times and one surely born to Amitabha Pure Land.
Mindfulness Amitabha from one to ten times in sincerity, is precisely proficient diligence. If you are genuinely proficient and have uninterrupted mindfulness the name of Amitabha, Amitabha moves to respond with you. What kind of interaction? You behold your self-nature’s pure bright light. The moment you see it, your fate of rebirth and death as the round of mortality ends at once.
Common people talk about going and being born to Amitabha Pure Land, in fact, there is no going and no birth. It is to get in touch with that energy- the eternal life and not be subjected to the annihilation energy. Connecting with the self-nature energy of purity, equality, and bright light, and everything is resolved. If you want to help all beings in the world, it can be done in any way. Since you have already let go, everything that needs to be done will be in perfection.
卷 (九) 精進波羅密
世俗人講往生，其實也沒有往、也沒有生；就是跟那能量接觸上了 – 永生不滅的能量，就是跟自性清淨、平等、光明的能量接上了，所有事情全部解決了。你要在世間想要幫助眾生，用任何方式都可以辦。你自己都已經放下了，要辦的事情都會圓滿。