MASTER SHEN-LONG | Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 141
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Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 141

(Last week we ended with, “Speaking from the philosophical view of the school of Buddhism: When a person at birth ought to be purified of defiling illusion and bright light, without attachment and affliction, under this kind of condition you can help others, not only help others, but help yourself first. Therefore, I say: “A person retires at birth”. What is retirement? It is to get rid of afflictions and to cease afflictions”.)

After you have this kind of enlightenment concept, then “to be born, to grow old, to get sick and to die” as the fate of humankind can all be let go and no longer worry like the ordinary people. After letting go of the fate of “to be born, to grow old, to get sick and to die”, you are back to normal. After being normal, one will have proficient diligencein everything. Helping all beings is also with proficient diligence. You will also live with proficient diligence in this universe and never slide back from cultivation practice. 

Everyone think about this, but it is true that we have never had this concept since we were young. The education of the earth has never provided us with this kind of education. Our father and mother gave birth to us, and it is to follow social norms. 

We are born, are we born into the family of Buddha or Bodhisattva? No. We did not have the predestined affinity with them. Speaking badly, we do not have this wholesome root.  

Why we were not born in Amitabha Pure Land?  If we were born directly in Amitabha Pure Land, then we do not have this trouble. 

Why are we born in the struggling society? Think about the cause, it is the cause and effect (every cause has its effect, as every affect arises from a cause). Because we made this cause of struggle, the cause of affliction, the cause of being disillusioned with everything and cannot let go, the cause of greedy; that is why we are here. It is mainly this problem, and this must be completely resolved. 

You truly must not want to get into the cycle of reincarnation again, and truly not want to be in this dream anymore. We often hear other practitioners talk about unbreakable dreams. The dreams are desperately serious and cannot be free life after life. This inextricable phenomenon, what is the most obvious? It is the Three Wretched Worlds – animal world, hungry ghost world and the hell world. The hell world is the most arduous. 

The human world is bittersweet. In the human world if you have blessed reward, having fun every day, you never have the thought of self-cultivation in the right practice. You think the human world is wonderful and everything is good which is absolutely having an unclear sight. Therefore, a wealthy person and nobleman (distinguished person) have a hard time to practice cultivation. You tell them to let go, it is exceedingly difficult. The wealthy ones and nobleman look to Buddhism and want a little blessing and not to get enlightenment. They turn to Buddhism for their own greedy purposes. 

However, the average non-wealthy and non-noble person is busy for life every day. The ancients did not often talk about truism. Often expounding the scriptures is not the same as truism, as saying the same old story repeatedly. This is because people have problems turning their concepts, so keep talking to them for the immeasurable existence of world-periods.  

Previously, I had the chance to ask a Master who does Sutra explanation, I said: “Master, you explain repeatedly so many times; are you not tired?” 
He said: “You are wrong, if I do not keep talking, people will sink lower; I talk every day, disregarding whether they are disgusted or like it; I remind them daily and one of these days it will have effective." 

The Master was right about this. We beings are fond of curiosity, telling them curiosity daily. For instance, while I currently explain the Sutra, people listen intently when it is accompanied with odd, weird, and curious stories that they enjoy. However, it you talk about reality, their enthusiasm lessens. I trust everyone can sit here and listen with a bit of enjoyment that is good. Why? We have this kind of predestined affinity. 

This predestined affinity, you need to upgrade. How to upgrade?  You need to plant the condition of enlightenment to be effective. If you cannot plant the condition of being disillusioned with everything, let go of all to become Buddha, then all the Sutra listening is for nothing. 

Everyone needs to think: Besides the daily living of this life, is there any other purpose? Or are there other goals? 

Today, to be an emperor, to be a hero, to be a strong and courageous person, and the last, to be an average person; what is the purpose? 

If these purposes cannot help you to resolve your afflictions, then it is meaningless. If it cannot help you to resolve your affliction and cannot help other people, then things are troublesome. 

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 (九)  精進波羅密

(上星期講到: 要說哲學觀點,站在佛家來講,人一出生應該是清淨光明的,沒有執著,沒有煩惱,這樣子才能幫助人家;不僅幫人家,先幫自己。所以我說:「一出生就應該退休了。」退休是什麼?把煩惱退掉,把煩惱休掉。)

你有這樣的覺悟觀念,「生老病死」就放下了,再也不像一般人去擔心。「生老病死」放下後,人恢復正常了。正常後「精進」,什麼事都「精進」,幫助眾生也「精進」。自己也在宇宙當中生活,也是「精進」,永遠不退。

各位要想一想這個事情,可是真的我們從小到大都沒有這觀念。娑婆世界教育 – 地球的教育,從來沒有這種教育給我們。我們爸爸、媽媽生我們下來,就是照社會的規範。

我們出生有沒有出生到佛菩薩的家庭?沒有。沒有這個緣。講得不好聽,沒有這個善根。

為什麼不生到極樂世界?到極樂世界就沒有這個麻煩了。

為什麼要出生到鬥爭的社會來?想想原因,是因果。因為造了鬥爭的因、煩惱的因,造了看不破、放不下的原因,造了貪的原因,所以來到這裡。主要是這個問題。這問題要徹底解決。

如果你真的不想輪迴了,真的不願意再作這種夢。常聽同修講攪不破的夢,這夢不得了,生生世世不得解脫。這種不能解脫的現象,以什麼最明顯?三惡道: 畜生道、餓鬼道、地獄道最艱苦。

人間是苦樂參半。人間如果福報好,每天樂在其中,根本不會想到修行。人間很好,沒什麼不好,搞不清楚。所以富貴很難修行。富貴人你要叫他放下,那很難。富貴人到佛門來想求一點福報,不是來覺悟的;到佛門裡面來貪的。

一般沒有富貴的,每天為生活奔忙。古人不是常講老生常談。常常講經不是也講老生常談。因為觀念轉不過來,要不停的跟他講,講無量劫。

以前問過一位講經師父,我說:「師父你講這麼多同樣的,不累?」

他說:「你搞錯了,你弄錯了。我要不講,他墮落的更深;每天講,他討厭也好,喜歡也好,我每天提醒他,總有一天有用。」     

他這句話講得真對。我們眾生不是,我們眾生喜歡好奇,每天跟他講一些好奇的。譬如:現在講經,跟他講一些好奇的東西,奇奇怪怪,聽了很高興。你要講真實的東西,相信各位能在這邊坐上一個半鐘頭,聽了也不錯了。為什麼?有這個緣份。

這個緣份自己要提升。怎麼提升?你要能種覺悟的緣才有效。要不能種下看破、放下、成佛的緣,那是白聽了。

各位要想一想,到底人生除了生活以外,還有什麼目的? 還有什麼目標?

今天做帝王、做英雄、做好漢,最後做普通人; 目的是什麼?

如果這些目的不能幫助你解決煩惱,那就沒有意義。不能幫助自己解決煩惱,不能幫助別人,事情就麻煩。

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