02 Sep Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 65
(Last week we ended with, “The difference of one grade is a difference of miles. To say nothing of us now, never mind this one grade of the unenlightened condition, we are unable to let go one grade of affliction of the common human world.”)
Practicing cultivation a person cannot say there is no hope. If a person has a wish to practice cultivation it can still be done. However, wishing for it needs to continue and you still need to repeatedly practice genuinely and implement it for it to be useful.
In the world of Hua-Yan (Avatamsa – Buddha world), there are so many Universal Enlightenment Bodhisattvas (Samyak-Sambodhi) wishing to bring to perfection the state of Buddhahood, what should they do?
Pu-Xian Bodhisattva (Samantabhadra) is the manifestation of Vairocana Tathagata, whereby his vow and performing the discipline of the vow involved as the representation.
Pu-Xian Bodhisattva (Samantabhadra) persuades and leads all the Universal Enlightenment Bodhisattvas and all the Mahasattvas (great beings) with Dharma Body to go back to the Bliss World of Amitabha Pure Land.
He encourages them to arouse the vow to go and be born to the Bliss World of Amitabha Pure Land. Reaching the Bliss World of Amitabha Pure Land and its energy naturally helps one to become Buddha in perfection. Their last unenlightened condition—the fundamental worry as the first thought activation of unenlightened and confusion will be destroyed once one sees the light-emission of Amitabha; one will have full realization as easy as blowing off dust. Otherwise, to rely on one’s own strength to achieve this is difficult, extremely difficult.
Then you say, does the Bliss World of Amitabha Pure Land create for the Universal Enlightenment Bodhisattvas (Samyak-Sambodhi) mainly? No, it does not. The Bliss World of Amitabha Pure Land what is its true initiative? It is for us – the common ones, for all beings who are troubled by life and death. Truly, it is for us – the reincarnation world, re-emphasizing it really for the beings of the Three evil destinies (animal, hungry ghost, hell), not just the human world; particularly for beings of the hell world.
The hell world is a spectacular view. All of you may have not been to the hell world, or maybe one has been there before also do not have a memory of it. The hell world is in our dimensional space situated both under the ground and in the space. The pain of the hell world is hard to imagine; the human world does not have that kind of pain. The worst pain of the human world is a dismembered body into ten thousand pieces but the suffering in the hell world is not only that, they will tear you limb from limb every second. For how long? For infinite existence of world-periods. One world-period is 1,344,000,000 Earth years. So, it is the boundless world-periods multiplied by the infinite world-periods, “infinite” is calculable; however, “boundless” is incalculable.
If one ends in the hell world, you are tormented physically and mentally. Why? It is caused by your attachments.
If the hell world beings have a thought-moment about Amitabha and arise a thought of the pure mind, one can then go to the Bliss World of Amtiabha Pure Land. There is a friend of mine whom I met more than 10 years ago, he still retains some memories of hell, and he recalled that he degenerated to the hell world in his previous lifetime.
He stated, “That kind of pain was indescribable.”
Guan-Yin Bodhisattva (Avalokitesvara) went to save him, she manifested before him and said, “You recite the Great Compassion Mantra all day long, how come you do not recite it now”.
Instantly he remembered the Great Compassion Mantra:
“Nan-Mo Huo-La Da-Na Duo-La Yeh-Yeh, Nan-Mo O-Li-Yeh”.
He recited and then the hell world was broken, and he transmigrated and re-entered the womb back to Earth again.
I met with him in this life plus many other followers of mine from previous lives. No one understands him, until he ran into me again, I am very clear about his conditions.
I asked, “Are you going continue to reincarnate again in this life? ”
He said, “No more, I keep my mind chanting Amitabha to go and be born to the Bliss World of Amitabha Pure Land.”
Basically, people like him are exceedingly many in this world. It all depends on whether one can arise a thought, “No need to mess around again in this life and no need to hold on to have more fun, had better to go back to one’s roots, in there to recover one’s inherent life essence of purity, equality, enlightenment and compassion.” The essence represents the Bliss World of Amitabha Pure Land, the fundamental essence of our life radiance is the Bliss World of Amitabha Pure Land. So, it turns out that we are Amitabha originally. Our origin is infinite brightness, infinite wisdom and infinite lifespan.
Therefore, in the first Sutra of Buddhism – the Flower Adornment Sutra, why does it guide all back to Amitabha Pure Land? Its function is here, from this group of Mahasattva (great being) with Dharma body – the ocean-assembly of the Buddha to perform. Even the Universal Enlightenment Bodhisattvas (Samyak-Sambodhi) like Guan-Yin (Avalokitesvara), Da-Shi-Zi (Great- Strength – Mahasthamaprapta), Wen-Shu (Manjushri) and Pu-Xian (Samantabhardra) all want to go to the Bliss World of Amitabha Pure Land, let alone us, the common ones. This is their performance.
卷 (四 ) 空、假、中三觀
極樂世界真正發心是為什麼？ 是為我們凡夫，為生死煩惱眾生。可以真正講是為我們六道；再講其實為三惡道眾生 – 不僅人間，為三惡道，尤其為地獄道眾生。
所以《華嚴經》佛家第一經，為什麼要導歸極樂？它的作用在這裡，由這一群法身大士，諸佛海會來表演。連等覺菩薩 – 觀音、勢至、文殊、普賢，都要到極樂世界去，何況我們凡夫。這是表演。