MASTER SHEN-LONG | Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 142
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Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 142

(Last week we ended with, “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.”)

Nowadays people do not understand although all beings differ externally, they are the same in nature. Now to give an example, you and another are the fundamental unity of the universe. Me and you are the fundamental unity of the universe. In the eyes of the enlightened one, we are the fundamental unity of the universe.  However, from the average person’s way of thinking, we are not the fundamental unity of the universe, we are separate. Life and death are different, how can we be one? Even the external appearances are totally different. 

But one who becomes Buddha when they look at all beings, strangely all is truly one. They see the pure and bright essence in all beings. They see it.  From the phenomenon aspect, certainly there is difference. Everyone is different, fat or thin, beautiful or ugly, and good or bad. Where do these phenomena come from? Each person made it through the ruling of cause and effect to receive the karma-result as a consequence of everyone’s actions.  

Since this is the case, then in what way should we treat all beings? Everyone knows about “equality”.  

But the question is, how to be equal and from where is it to be equal? 

There is only one point, you must become a Buddha. After becoming Buddha, only then will you be resourceful in equality with all. Otherwise, to be that kind of equal is exceedingly difficult. Especially when being equal is easy when everyone is on good friend terms. If they are enemies or debt collectors, how can you be equal with them?

Today explaining the proficient diligence has countless meanings. This is my second reminder, if you are unable to examine genuinely your thought arising in the mind at the end of the day, then to cultivate yourself in right practice will be difficult. Before looking over your thought arising in the mind, you need to ask yourself: What concept do I conduct myself presently? 

This is particularly important. I am mentioning this again. What is my concept now? 
Is the concept of purity, equality, and enlightenment? 

Or is it the human concept of discrimination, attachment, and deluded perception? 

Be sure to figure this out. If applying human concept to examine your thought arising in the mind, it has no effect, and there will be no effect. If you say, today I am learning the Buddha’s way, then you need to learn the Buddha’s concept of purity, equality, and enlightenment. Using the concept of purity, equality, and enlightenment to examine your thought arising in the mind. Furthermore, when examining you will get help from all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, precisely this is their support. The meaning of “support” is just like giving you energy, make your mind clear and easy to complete the undertaking of becoming a Buddha; this is important. 

Think about it everyone, seldom one can explain the Sutra and expound the Buddha teaching in such detail. The last key points: 

What concept do you apply to become Buddha? 
What concept do you use to cultivate yourself in right practice? 

Let alone to say about conducting yourself, today learning the Buddha’s way, most people say: we cannot conduct ourselves well, how to learn the Buddha’s way? 

The question is what is the human concept? 
You ask a cat: “What is your concept?” Their concept of the animal realm is in a daze and are confused and deranged. 

You ask the ghost world ‘s concept is what?  It is greed. The concept of the hell world is what? Getting angry when one cannot reach one’s desire.  

Just this “concept” and all afflictions come from the concept. Today you want to become a Buddha and truly wish to attain enlightenment, you need to think what is your concept? It is purity, equality, and enlightenment. Good, you need to work towards this goal. 

The problem at present is precisely that the majority people do not know oneself has the essence of “purity, equality, and enlightenment” originally. That they have Buddha-nature, and one is originally Buddha and has Buddha quality. One’s Buddha-nature has not been brought to perfection. The so called “not bring to perfection” means that never receding does not exist. Presently you are moving one step forward and then one step backward. After you have truly experienced and worked hard both physically and mentally to eliminate your affliction and attachment, this is known as cultivating yourself in right practice. These are also called the steps of “firm belief, comprehension with wisdom, put into practice, and verify into the state of nirvana”. After having practical skills, then the state of “purity, equality and enlightenment” will not backslide. After never receding to reach to perfection as far as 100%, this is known as becoming Buddha. You are called Buddha. 

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 (九)  精進波羅密

(上星期講到: 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。)

因為現在人不了解我們跟一切眾生是一體的。現在舉例,譬如:我跟某某人一體。跟在座各位都是一體的。如果在覺悟者的眼裡看是一體。可是在一般人的想法,不是一體,是分隔的。死活都不一樣,怎麽一體?相貌都不一樣。

可是你知道成佛的人看一切眾生,奇怪了,真的是一體。他看到一切眾生的清淨光明的本體,他看到了。事相上去看當然不一樣,每個人環肥、燕瘦、美醜、好壞不一樣。

可是環肥、燕瘦、美醜、好壞怎麼來的?各人所造因緣果報而來。

既然是這樣,對待一切眾生應該用什麼方法?大家都知道平等。

問題是怎麼平等?從什麼地方去平等?

那只有一點,就是你要成佛。真的成了佛,才有辦法平等。不然,那平等很難。尤其是大家好朋友就沒有事,冤家、債主這怎麼平?怎麼等?

今天講「精進」,「精進」的意思無量。我講第二遍了,如果你不能真正去查看你一天下來的起心、動念,這修就難了。在查看起心、動念以前,你要問你自己,我現在做人是什麼觀念?

這個重要。又講一遍了。

我現在觀念是什麼觀念?

是清淨、平等、覺的觀念?還是分別、執著、妄想 – 人類的觀念?

一定要搞清楚。如果用人類觀念去查看你的起心、動念,沒有什麼效果,不會有效果。如果你說,我今天學佛要學佛的觀念 – 清淨、平等、覺的觀念,用清淨、平等、覺的觀念去查看你的起心、動念,有用。而且查看的時候,得一切佛菩薩的幫忙,就是加持。「加持」的意思,就是給你能量,讓你腦筋清楚,很容易就完成成佛的事業,這個重要。

各位聽一聽,想一想,很少講經說法,講到這麼詳細。最後的樞紐是:

你用什麼觀念來成佛?你用什麼觀念來修行?

不要說做人;今天學佛,一般人講: 人都做不好,怎麼學佛?        

問題是人的觀念是什麼?

你問貓咪:「貓咪你的觀念是什麼?」牠就畜生道的觀念,迷迷糊糊的,迷惑顛倒。

你問鬼界的觀念是什麼?貪。                                    

地獄的觀念是什麼?貪不到就生氣。                   

就這個觀念,一切煩惱由觀念而來。今天要成佛,真的想成佛,要想你的觀念是什麼?清淨平等覺。好了,你要朝這上面做。

現在問題就是說大部分的人都不知道,他原來有清淨、平等、覺的本體,有佛性,他本來是佛,有佛的quality。是佛性沒有成,所謂沒有成,是沒有不退的。現在進進退退,等你真正體驗到了,身心下過一番功夫了,把你煩惱、執著能去除了,就叫作「修行」,就叫作「信、解、行、證」。有實際功夫以後,清淨、平等、覺就不退了。不退到了圓滿,到了百分之百,這叫成佛,叫佛。

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