MASTER SHEN-LONG | Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 76
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Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 76

(Last week we ended with, “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”?”)

 

Therefore, I speak the first phrase: Is it not wonderful, the blue sky turns out to be an illusory image! If you cannot be disillusioned with all, then the next step is out of the question. So, to learn Prajna, the primary step is to let go of the “self-I”. If holding to the concept of the ego is very serious, this person is done for. Why? One listens to the Sutra explanation which only commits oneself to the behavior of listening; however, going back one is still stuck in their own ways.

Nowadays, this phenomenon is very popular; everyone does not seem as strong as one wishes. Why? One has not put into practice.

After the Song and Yuan dynasty, the teaching of Buddha gradually deteriorated. By the Ming dynasty it was disordered, and in the Qing dynasty it was ruined. By the Republic of China era evil spirits of all kinds danced in riotous revelry up to our present called no medicine to save. The Buddha teaching nowadays does not exist as any medicine to save. Why? No one knows what the teaching of Buddha is about. After 100 years in the future, probably the phenomenon of Buddha image will also be changed. After 9,000 years, the teaching will be annihilated completely. At that time, when you speak to people about the Buddha teaching, people will think that it is something from outer space or believe it to be a fairytale story. The last thing remaining will be this name of Amitabha, in the world for 100 years more. Precisely after 9,100 years, there will be none left, including the name of Amitabha does not exist!

At that time, people’s life span will only be 10 years old. Now people say that they can age to 100 years old and in theory, one can. In that time, people only have 10 years of age, which equals to 100 years now. By age of 2 or 3 years old one gets married, by age 5 one starts to deteriorate, reaching 7 or 8 years old then one dies. At that time, it is the calamity period of “warfare”, go to war, fighting battles with panic and treat everyone as an enemy. It is so severe that even the grass and trees of the environment all turn into knives, it demonstrates that human nature has reached such extreme poor quality.  After the calamity period of warfare, then it is the calamity period of famine. After all is dead, the soul will transmigrate to another planet again to receive one’s karmic retribution continuously. This is not a folktale like the Arabian Nights or old wives’ tales; when you have attained a bit of Chanting Amitabha Samadhi then you will see it.

To see matters within 10,000 to 20,000 years is not a big deal. If you truly enter into chanting Amitabha Samadhi, you have full clarity to see billions, hundreds of billion, tens of trillions, or infinite light years. Why? No matter how more time and space an illusion is. Shattering the existence of open space, then the illusions are gone; you see the fundamental reality – the inherent pure nature world of all beings. The fundamental reality is the truth of the pure life of the universe, that is:

There is not a single thing originally, where can dust be provoked.

Eternally there is a phenomenon exist:

The Buddha-nature is unceasing,

The nature of enlightenment is unceasing,

The fundamental essence of life is unceasing.

Modern science mentioned: “The theory on imperishability of life, the imperishability of materiality”; but it has still not been confirmed yet. After you attain Samadhi (an internal state of tranquility, exempt from all sensation), you confirm that not only life and the wisdom life are unceasing, this kind of wisdom phenomena is unceasing. Why? You have recovered the purity of the Dharma Body regarding the cause and effect of all sentient beings, and the “creation, duration, dissolution and state of being dissolved” of the mountains, rivers and the earth, and completely not have something unknown.

The sphere of Jin-Shan Living Buddha, we do not know his level of realization, whether he attained the state of Buddhahood in perfection? Or whether he had eradicated all 41 grades of unenlightened condition? We do not know. At least we know that he has eradicated one grade of unenlightened condition, to realize one grade of the embodiment of truth (Dharma Body); his enjoyment is the same as Tathagata.

Then why are there so many tiers? Because of different forces of habits, the 41 grades are structured to eliminate all habits.

The force of habit is very subtle, so subtle that you are unaware till you are in that sphere. For instance, if your level is the 2nd Stages Bodhisattva, you can view the 1st Stage Bodhisattva in full clarity; however, if the first Stage Bodhisattva looks to the 2nd stage, they are unable to see the habit of the 2nd Stage Bodhisattva, in a similar fashion and so on.

However, everyone is by means of the Buddha-nature for great functioning; and not by means of erroneous thinking and attachments to function. It is not the same, not by means of affliction to function, it is by means of radiant Prajna to function. Since it can function, therefore their way of striving is called “effortlessly doing the way of enlightenment leading to Nirvana”.

The term “effortlessly doing” does not require much strength. They are not like us doing things, which require a lot of effort and brainpower to think through; no need, instead they directly assume responsibility, and they use this skill called “effortless doing”. “The way of enlightenment leading to Nirvana” is “the way of enlightenment” is wisdom, “Nirvana” is the fundamental essence of the purified mind in its nature state. Using wisdom to develop the fundamental essence of the purified mind in its nature state.

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(五 )     慧海圓融

(上星期講到: 連靈魂都是假的,那有靈?身跟靈都不存在,那有生老病死?)

所以我就講第一句,「妙哉青天成幻影」。你要看不破,下面的就談不上。所以學「般若」,第一招要把「我」放下,要放下我。如果我的執著太重了,這人是完了。為什麼?聽經歸聽經,回去還是依然故我。

現在這現象非常普遍,每個人都好像力不從心。為什麼力不從心?沒有實行。

佛法從宋朝、元朝以後,慢慢就變質了,到明朝就亂了,清朝完了。到民國,群魔亂舞,到我們現在叫沒有藥救。現在的佛法是沒有藥救了。為什麼?不知道有佛法。將來再過一百年,大概佛相的現象都改變了。九千年以後法滅盡,沒有了。你跟他講佛法,人家講外太空。你在講天方夜譚。沒有了,就剩一句佛號,就剩這一句「阿彌陀佛」。這個可以住世再一百年,就是九千一百年以後沒有了,阿彌陀佛佛號也沒有了。

那時候人只有十歲。現在人是說可以到一百歲,理論講可以。那時候只有十歲,十歲就等於一百。兩、三歲就嫁娶結婚了,五歲就開始衰老了,到七、八歲就死了。那時候「刀兵劫」,打仗,打仗到「草木皆兵」。草木都變成刀子,人心惡劣到極處。刀兵完了,饑荒。死光了以後,神識轉生到另外的星球上,重新受報。這不是天方夜譚,你稍微得一點「念佛定」,就看到了。

那一、兩萬年的事情算什麼。幾百億、幾千億、萬萬億、無量時光,如果真的入「念佛三昧」了,一清二楚。為什麼?再多的時間、空間就是個幻覺。「虛空粉碎」,幻覺沒有了,看到實相「一真法界」。實相,是真正的宇宙人生的真相。宇宙人生的真相是「本來無一物,何處惹塵埃」。永遠有一個現象存在:佛性不滅,覺性不滅,生命的本體不會滅的。

現在科學不是講「生命不滅,物質不滅」,還不是證實性。如果今天得「定」了,你證實不僅生命、慧命不滅,智慧的這種現象不滅。為什麼?恢復「法身」清淨,完全對於一切眾生的來龍去脈、山河大地的「成住壞滅」,沒有不知道的。

金山活佛境界,我們不知道他證到多少,是不是證到圓滿佛果?有沒有破盡四十一品「無明」?我們不知道。至少知道他是「破了一品無明,證一分法身」,受用就跟如來的受用一樣。

那為什麼還有階次?習氣不一樣,四十一個品位是斷習氣。習氣非常微妙,微妙到你不是那境界,你是察覺不到。譬如說「二地」看「初地」,看的清楚;「初地」看「二地」,看不見「二地」的習氣,以此類推。

可是大家都是以佛性為大用,而不是以妄想、執著為用。不一樣,不是以煩惱為用,那不一樣,以光明的「般若」為用。既然可以用,所以他們用功叫「無功用道」。「無功」是不著力。不像我們做事要費力,費腦筋,這樣想、那樣想,不用,他不需要,直下承擔,用這個功夫,叫無功。用道,「用」是智慧;「道」是法界本體。以智慧彰顯法界本體,以智慧開發法界本體。

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