02 Sep Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 21
(Last week we ended with, “However, the instant you initiate a question, “what is it”? Thinking has been established.”)
Three extremely fine concepts are:
- Stirring of the perceptive faculty as in primal action
- Ability to perceive phenomena
- The object perceived
Stirring of the perceptive faculty is precisely the transformation of things. This transformation is very delicate at the speed of 1/1000 per second. There is no way you can sense that. Just like watching a movie, its mechanism displaying frames intermittently at a rate of 24 frames per second, you can hardly feel it and think it is real; nevermind applying it to the rising and falling of thoughts.
Thoughts rise and fall very rapidly countless times; how can one see the rising and falling of a thought? The attainment of the 8th stages Bodhisattva (as the 48th of the 52 Bodhisattva cultivation grades) and beyond, the same level of Guan-Yin Bodhisattva (Avalokitesvara), will allow you to see this. When your mind is unmoved and undisturbed by any phenomena at that level, you become more sensitive than any scientific instrument and see all.
When this stirring happens, your inherent luminosity penetrates forth then disappears all at once. The ability of “luminosity penetrating forth” is precisely what we explain as the function of wisdom. It is when the omniscient penetrative ability with crystal clear perception is temporarily lost and suspended.
Then, the formation of phenomena starts.
What is phenomenon? It is spirituality and materiality beginning the transformation of things.
What happens when we have a “Presbyopia” condition of blurred vision?
It is illusion or having spiritual delusion and after a duration of time, it gradually initiates illusion. Once illusion arises, it becomes imbedded in your mind over time and you think it is real. Just like our human world now, everyone has a body, house, and car. We all see trees, mountains and rivers on this Earth and these are the phenomenon of materiality. The thoughts of our minds, the things we see, think, and hear are all within this limit. However, explained honestly this limit is unreal because it is your own divide and your own discrimination.
Some people ask where is this all come from? It is formed by entwining spirituality with materiality.
Where does spirituality and materiality come from? It manifests from one’s strong attachment combined with delusional thoughts.
How does it manifest? It is the same as a chemical transformation, different equations have different transformations and ends with different outcomes.
The delicate transformation within can only be seen by an enlightened one who has achieved supreme enlightenment so is therefore, not confused. We are confused.
This candle in front of me, how come there is this candle phenomenon?
Scientists research and finally they find the answer with limited explanation: it is the result of colliding ions. Buddha’s explanation is more outstanding:
It is phenomena occurring from the chain of causes and conditions (affinity occasion).
Without the direct cause then it does not have conditions (affinity occasion). To have a cause is to have a starting point; the misperception starts plus conditions.
What are conditions? It is the endless and boundless mind power of different abstract notions to vibrate the universe. It is produced from these vibrations and collisions into each other.
Therefore, I believe Buddhist Sutras should be explained from scientific phenomena otherwise, constant explanations using Buddhist Sutra terminology and no one will understand it.
The Sutras of Buddhism are truly wonderful and thoroughly clear, especially the Tibetan-Buddhism scriptures. The moment Mahavairocana Buddha comprehended the truth through his own power was the moment he precisely confirmed and attained his “self-nature Dharma Body”. In that moment he gave an incredible statement in the Mahavairocana Sutra (Mahavairocana-abhisamobodhi-tantra). If there is an opportunity, I recommend that you all read this Sutra. It is our duty to understand the following:
What kind of merits do you have?
What kind of phenomenon will occur after you attain Buddha-hood?
What kind of responsibility do you have regarding the life in the universe?
Then you would see all clearly.
心經 卷(二) 法、化、報三身