02 Sep Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 51
(Last week we ended with, “When you truly see the Buddha’s Dharma Body, the moment you see it, it is when you become a Buddha. You truly arouse the mind to become a Buddha to help all living beings, you have the support of all Buddha and Bodhisattvas. The aid of Amitabha and the aid of all Buddha, you would not have affliction. You hand over all to rely on him, just the same as Christianity hands over all to rely on Jesus Christ.”)
In fact, Jesus was in India that year, he disappeared for twelve years which was recorded in the Acts of Apostles and was deleted. He went to study with Shakyamuni Buddha. Jesus Christ is the manifestation of a Buddha or a Bodhisattva from Tryastrias (the Heaven of the Thirty-Three Devas, the second Heaven of the Desire-Realm, the Heaven of Indra) down to our human world, to enlighten the Westerners.
He went to learn what? To learn the Pure Land school, and to learn the Pure Land school wisdom of the Buddha regarded as the door to enlightenment. So, he came back to tell everyone:
Whosoever believeth in him (Jesus) should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:15)
I am the way and the truth and the life. (John 14:6)
Then our Pure Land School speaks with modern language, that one who chants Amitabha will surely become a Buddha with eternal life. Amitabha is the life, is the way, and is the wisdom life.
What is the wisdom life? It is Adamantine Transcendent Wisdom (Diamond Prajnaparamita).
Other religions do not have Adamantine Transcendent Wisdom, only the enlightenment education of Buddhism talks about eternal immutable wisdom. This eternal immutable wisdom is such a good role and you cannot get it today. Like the old Chinese expression: The emperor is not worried, but the eunuchs are worried to death (where the person involved is calm and collected, but observers are very worried).
What is the meaning of this? Everyone has it. Set your mind and think about what I am saying. Chanting Amitabha sincerely, you truly want to recover your self-nature’s pureness and radiance; I tell you, it only takes three days to see the effectiveness. Relax yourself, chanting Amitabha line by line without a break, do not chant hastily. A–Mi–Ta–Bha; chanting must be strong, clearly heard and each clearly chanted. If you do not believe it, try it for three days.
If you have deep-rooted wholesome capacity, Amita Tathagata manifests before you.
If you have a little lesser wholesome root, you will perceive the energy of tranquility and are free from resistance.
If you are a little lesser than that, you will feel like somewhat taking things less seriously.
If you are a little lesser than that, you will lay the basis for the future bonding of affinity.
Regardless of whether you are of superior capacity, medium capacity, or inferior capacity—all three categories unconsciously will all benefit, and they all form a bond of affinity for becoming Buddha.
Today we talk about the essence, phenomenal characteristics and function of Prajna, all leading and returning to the name of the Infinite Light, the Infinite Life-Amitabha; this is the “Adamantine Transcendent Wisdom (Diamond Prajnaparamita)”. So, the Infinite Life is the true essence, phenomenal characteristics and function of the “Adamantine Transcendent Wisdom”. The Lotus Sutra is also the phenomenon of the “Adamantine Transcendent Wisdom”.
If one is without the “Adamantine Transcendent Wisdom”, how to become Buddha?
How is it possible for an average physical body through practice cultivation to have attainment of Buddhahood with this very body?
The daughter of the Dragon King at the age of eight, by which means became the Buddha of Nagakanya? It is wisdom.
If without the essence, phenomenal characteristics and functions of the “Adamantine Transcendent Wisdom”, then the Hua-Yan (Avatasmaka) Assembly of all Buddha would not be brought to perfection.
If without the “Adamantine Transcendent Wisdom”, how are you able to recover the Surangama-Samadhi as the pure self-nature process inherently the imperturbable stillness of mind control? No, it is impossible to recover.
So, tell it again, the essence of life in the universe, the majestic and myriad phenomena-various phenomena appear to one’s eye; are leading and return to where? It is leading and returning to the self-nature’s pureness and radiance, seeking this self-nature’s pureness and radiance.
Since we are seeking this self-nature’s pureness and radiance, what should we use to seek? Use “Adamantine Transcendent Wisdom” to seek.
How does the “Adamantine Transcendent Wisdom” come? What is the fastest way?
The fastest way is chanting Amitabha to go to be born in the Bliss World of Amitabha Pure Land.
(上星期講到: 一切諸佛的「法身」你真的見到，見到的時候就是你成佛的時候。你真正發心 – 成佛渡眾，得佛菩薩加持 – 阿彌陀佛加持你。一切諸佛加持你，你不會有什麼煩惱的。什麼都交給他了。就像基督教一切交給主耶穌。)
什麼意思？每個人都有，如果你心定下來，把我今天的話好好想想。真心念佛，真的想恢復自性清淨光明了，我跟你講「三天」就有用。放鬆，一句句佛號不要斷，不要念快，阿- 彌 – 陀- 佛，念的要有力，聽得清清楚楚，念得清清楚楚。你不相信，三天試試看。
如果沒有「金剛般若」，你怎麼恢復《首楞嚴大定》 – 自性清淨堅固的定? 沒有辦法恢復。