MASTER SHEN-LONG | Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 75
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Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 75

(Last week we ended with, “In addition to Shakyamuni Buddha, there are innumerable Transformation Bodies of Buddha on Earth, many more than our population of five billion.”)

 

All Transformation Bodies are helping all beings, only we do not know this. Our bodies and minds are too heavy, the secular way of thinking is too serious, and we have blocked ourselves like entire blood vessels clogged by cholesterol. Jin-Shan Living Buddha came to this world to contribute to the needs of the community but only lasted a few decades. Those beings who had predestined affinity with him all received his aid. He behaved this way:

When you have illness and appeal to him, it is possible he suddenly gives you a punch, and instantly your illness would be gone.

His most famous notorious acts are his bathing water and mixing his nasal mucus in rice. Regarding bathing water, he did not take any baths in his life because there was no need. Speaking about his nasal mucus, it was for curing illness. Somebody commented that the nasal mucus was so dirty, so he spat a sputum into a bowl. After one drinks it their illness would be gone and they would be well again.

This is precisely from all beings having severe attachments:

Nasal mucus: How can I eat it; sputum, it is horrible.

These have cured countless dubious or hard-to-treat cases. I just spoke about his bathing water which does not exist any bad smell, instead there is a sandalwood fragrance, to drink it and one’s illness is cured. How come? If all beings have sincerity, utmost sincerity is without any doubt. Even if you drink air, your illness would be cured.

Because, the utmost sincere mind of ours has vanished. A sincere mind is called “not a distracting thought arising in the mind”.

Zeng Guo-Fan (曾國藩) recorded in his Study Notebook: What is the utmost sincere mind?

Not a distracting thought arising in mind is called sincerity.

We speak about the way one treats people is also about sincerity, you need to reach “not a distracting thought arising”, then it becomes surpassing at once, regardless of doing what matter all will be unimpeded.

The only difference between the Jin-Shan Living Buddha and us are where? His mind is without attachments and erroneous thinking. Therefore, the secretion that comes out of his body cells is “purity, equality and enlightenment”. You are taking in his “purity, equality and enlightenment” to your body, so is not your illness well at once.

It is strong energy, this energy goes to your body to reassemble your cells, so you are not ill. The reason is as simple as that. Reading his biography has given us a lot of inspiration. Why can we not be like him? He lets go all so thoroughly and completely.

When he worshipped the Buddha at the top of the pagoda tower, he carelessly slipped from the top of the ancient Giant Wild Goose Pagoda of Xi -An from over ten floors high to the ground. He fell as if it was nothing at all. Normally people falling from such height would have broken bones; instead, nothing broke. He stood up and cleaned off the dirt on his clothes and then walked away. The average person thinks it is a miraculous act, but it is not; because their mind does not have this situation emerge; therefore whatever situation emerges, he does not have phenomenon, and is completely without phenomena of “birth, aging, sickness and death” and, also without the phenomena of “creation, duration, dissolution and state of being dissolved”.

Today, everyone is here to listen to the Sutra explanation, although each has one’s own needs; however, we all wish we can let go of “birth, aging, sickness and death” in order to live a better life. If you are unable to let go of it, even the best medication for you will not work. Rely on who to let go? You must rely on yourself.

Why do we want to explain the Sutra? It is very simple, it is to use the theory and methods of the Sutra, and learn from the ancient saints, former sages, and those Buddha and Bodhisattvas. They have set the principle examples to demonstrate the right path for you to follow. If you follow the method with full sincerity to implement, the effect is immediate.

I remembered before we barely learned the way of Buddha, seeing there are many non-Buddhist teachings, as so-called abandoning the pure mind in the search of the Buddha truth.  There are some religions that worship disembodied spirits and divinities, and they treat illness by using magic spells water, or incense ash. Why does it work sometimes?  It is not the work of the magic spell water or incense ash; it corresponds to the sincere mind of the follower.

Nowadays, people only listen to dishonest words instead of right encouragement words.  For example, to deceive one with such and such medicine that has effectiveness, then everyone purchases. After one brings the medicine and takes it, does it work? No, it is useless. You advise one: ” You are not sick; it is from your way of thinking.” Regardless of how one thinks of it, one is unable to understand.

Five Skandha – five compositional elements of our existence—the materialistic phenomena, feeling, thinking, mental formation and consciousness; all are the absence of inherent existence; where is the body?

Even the soul is all unreal; where is the spirit?

The body and soul both do not exist, where is “birth, aging, sickness and death”?

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(五 )     慧海圓融

(上星期講到: 除了釋迦牟尼佛是代表以外,無數的化身在我們地球,還有非常多,多過我們五十億人口。)

所有的化身全部都在幫助眾生,只是我們不知道。我們身心因為太沉重,世俗想法太嚴重,把自己堵塞住了,好像全身血管被膽固醇堵塞了。金山活佛他在世間化緣,也不過短短幾十年,跟他有緣的眾生都得到他的利益。他是這樣:

你有病是嗎?你求他,可能他突然給你一拳,病就好了。

他最有名的是他的洗澡水跟他那個鼻涕拌飯。洗澡水,他是一生不洗澡,沒有事。就像現在這位朋友在濞鼻涕,鼻涕一濞,感應多好;講到鼻涕,他濞鼻涕。這鼻涕一出來,治病的。有人說鼻涕這麼髒。他吐個痰,放在碗裡面,你喝下去,病就好了。

這就是眾生因為強烈執著:

「鼻涕,我怎麼能吃」;「痰,可怕」。

這治好無數的疑難雜症。我剛講洗澡水,洗下來沒有一點味道,有檀香味,喝了,病就好了。為什麼?眾生如果誠心,至誠心不懷疑,你喝空氣也會好。

因為我們至誠心都不見了。誠心就叫一念不生。

曾國藩【讀書筆記】裡講,什麼叫至誠心?「一念不生謂之誠」。

我們講待人接物也是誠,你要到一念不生,這就妙了,做什麼事情都通達。

金山活佛,他唯一跟我們不同的地方在那裡?他心沒有執著、沒有妄想。所以他身上細胞分泌出來,都是「清淨、平等、覺」。你等於把他「清淨、平等、覺」擺在你的身體裡面,病不是就好了。

它是強烈的能量,這個能量到你的身上,把你的細胞重新組合,沒病。道理就這麼簡單。看他傳記,給我們很大的啟示。我們為什麼不能像他一樣?他放下的徹徹底底。

在佛塔上拜佛,從佛塔上掉下來,那幾丈高像古代大雁塔 – 寶塔十幾層樓高。他摔下來,一點事都沒有。人家摔下來粉身碎骨,他沒有,站起來拍拍灰,就走掉了。一般人以為很神,其實不是,因為他心裡面沒有這境界,所以再怎麼樣的境界,他都沒有現象,完全沒有「生老病死」的現象, 沒有「成住壞滅」的現象。

今天大家來這裡聽經,雖然各有所求,可是都希望能夠把「生、老、病、死」放下,能夠讓日子過得好一點。如果說你不能夠放下,再好的仙丹妙藥給你,都沒有用的。放下靠誰?靠自己。

為什麼要講經?很簡單,以經上的理論跟方法,看到這些古聖、先賢、這些佛菩薩們,他以身作則,做給你看。你照這個方法,誠心誠意去做,馬上就有效。

我記得我們以前剛學佛的時候,看到很多外道,所謂外道 – 心外求法,有一些鬼神教治病用咒水、用香灰。為什麼吃了有用?不是咒水、香灰有用,是信徒的誠心感應的。

現在眾生聽騙不聽勸。騙他某某藥有效,大家都去買。買了以後,吃起來有沒有用?沒有用。你勸他說:「你沒有病,是想出來的。」他怎麼想想不通。

「五蘊」 – 「色、受、想、行、識」,都是空的,那有身?

連靈魂都是假的,那有靈?

身跟靈都不存在,那有生老病死?

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