02 Sep Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 32
(Last week we ended with; “They are unaware of the awesomeness of planting the “cause”. At their causal stage of cultivation, they merely want to become an Arhat, or only to exit the Threefold Worlds (Triloka – the universe is divided into three worlds of karmic rebirth as desire, form and formless), or to become Bodhisattva. They did not pledge a vow to become Buddha. Even if they pledged a vow to become Buddha, they want to use methods of progressing gradually and slowly through countless existence of world-periods.”)
Genuinely, when chanting (or mindfulness) Amitabha to become Buddha, there is only one teaching, precisely Amitabha – the method of chanting (or mindfulness) Amitabha.
Chanting (or mindfulness) Amitabha is the cause, becoming Amitabha is the effect.
It is the ruling of cause and effect. It is not that one has any problems. If eminent monks can turn their way of thinking and truly chant (or mindfulness) Amitabha, then everyone can become Buddha in one’s life. One will have attainment in three months’ time.
Therefore, if you are without wisdom, you absolutely cannot see.
What is wisdom? Knowing Buddha’s phenomena.
An average person is very narrow-minded, the sphere of cognition is a complicated development that never progressed anywhere. One can neither be disillusioned with all nor can let go, and it is only after being adequately provided for. A mindset like this cannot do cultivation.
Why does this not work? This is not cultivation; this is greediness. Greed for life and fear of death in this world, is how this world is created. Our world will go through four phases: “creation, duration, dissolution, and state of being dissolved”. Presently we are in the “duration” stage but it is getting worse and worse, and it will not be long before this world will be dissolved.
The life span of this earth is 100 billion years, and some periods of time are not suitable for human living. In the dinosaur era, could humans live?
Our human history is only a little more than 10,000 years old, and our earth life span is 100 billion years, so what happened during the time in between? Like the way we now look at the planets of Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto, all lying in waste.
There are many different beings there we cannot see. There are intelligent beings in the universe beyond the earth and beings of the spiritual world practicing cultivation there, even on the moon too. If today you have a divine eye with unlimited vision, then you will see different beings and different Buddha Bodhisattva expounding the teaching to help all beings there. Amongst all those planets, the most serious contamination place is our earth.
Why? Due to our attachment to materiality and physical body, we cause serious karma.
What is “karma”? It is the ways of thinking, ways of looking at things, saying things and doing things. We attach the most importance by means of “greed, aversion, ignorance, arrogance and suspicion”. Even if you want to be purified of defiling illusion you cannot entirely. Let me provide an example, if you want to cultivate during your mind activation with arising thought, can you be in conversation with others with your mind in a state of tranquility, exempt from all external sensations?
Then, you also know what the other person is saying clearly, can you be this way?
I think you can. However, you cannot have this kind of condition occur because you cannot be attached to this kind of feeling, this is the first step.
Are you able to stay home and do nothing, to have body and mind purified without defilement all day long, without activating a thought? No, I do not think you can achieve this because:
You do not have the enlightenment habit.
You do not have the cultivation practice habit.
You do not have the right (Buddha) understanding and right (Buddha) views also.
Understanding and viewing with regards to the Buddha teaching as the enlightenment teaching, this kind of knowledge, wisdom and capability is what you do not have.
What is viewing? You are able to use your omniscience penetrative ability, that can penetrate through phenomena of materiality and spirituality, and you can understand all phenomena.
Therefore, it would be better for you to choose one way, to remove your afflictions during your mind activation with thought arising gradually. In that case, what method is best?
If according to the School of Dhyana (Zen) Buddhism, it is to let go. Let go of matters that are of unconcern to you, or your own matters. Let go of all worries, afflictions, attachments and doubts.
If practicing the School of Esoteric Buddhism, recite Mantra for 24 hours uninterrupted. To recite Mantra in full clarity, without mind activation, no rising thought and no attachment.
If practicing the School of Pure Land Buddhism, chanting (mindfulness) Amitabha for 24 hours uninterrupted, chanting the name of Amitabha clearly and hearing the chanting of Amitabha clearly, doing this continuously walking, standing, sitting and lying in every state of your daily life. Chanting while sleeping, the same way as reciting a Mantra.
The School of Dhyana (Zen) Buddhism is about letting go. Even the habit of sleep must be let go; only then can you practice cultivation. There are no other special methods to enlightenment.
心經 卷(二) 法、化、報三身
真正「念佛成佛」只有一個法門，就是「阿彌陀佛 – 念佛法門」。「念佛是因，成佛是果」，是因果問題，不是他有什麼問題。如果這些高僧大德腦筋轉過來了，真的念佛了，每個都成佛，一生就成佛，三個月就成。
為什麼不行？這不是修行，這是「貪」。貪生、怕死在這世界，這世界也是貪生、怕死造出來的。我們的世界 – 「成住壞滅」，現在是住，越住越糟糕，沒多久這世界就要滅了。
因為沒有覺悟的習慣，沒有修行的習慣，也沒有正知、正見 – 就是知見。「知」是了解，「見」是見解；對於佛法 – 就是覺悟法的這種知識、智慧、能力，你沒有。