MASTER SHEN-LONG | Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 77
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Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 77

(Last week we ended with, “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.”)

 

If your mind is a little fixed and undisturbed today, you are more confident in the world and will have the taste of Buddha-truth even more. The places that other people do not wish to go; you will go there and have endless meaning. Just like Di-Zang Bodhisattva (Ksitigarbha) going to the hell world. The hell world I know you have not been, and also you are without opportunity to be there. Because why? Your karmic hindrance is not yet there, and is still not in that place.

There are only two kinds of people who go there:

The 1st one is your karma leads you there, living every day in serious defilement with afflictions, attachments and erroneous thinking.

The 2nd one, the Maha-Bodhisattva has eradicated the unenlightened condition, who can access the hell world at any time. To do what? To help the beings there. Just like Di-Zang Bodhisattva (Ksitigarbha) goes to hell world to help all beings.

Di-Zang Bodhisattva (Ksitigarbha) had eradicated all 41 grades unenlightened condition completely, becoming a Buddha long ago, but he retains one last grade of the unenlightened condition- the fundamental worry of his first thought activation of unenlightened and confusion.  Keeping this first confused thought, one can have the fertilization of the natural conditions which produces rebirth, he retains this last unenlightened condition. If he does not retain this last unenlightened condition, he no longer returns to this world and there is no more relationship with this world.

Many Buddha do not return to this world. Why? There is no circumstantial cause. One has completed the help of all beings that have predestined affinity with him across countless existence of world-periods; that is why they do not come any more. We do not have the circumstantial cause to meet with them; it is only after becoming Buddha then we all shall meet.

Di-Zang Bodhisattva (Ksitigarbha) is infinite merciful and infinite compassionate, because those who have the connection with him are many; particularly the hell world, especially our world here. Thus, he pledged the following vow,

If the hell world is not empty, I vow not to become Buddha.

It is his performance. With such infinite compassionate and infinite mercifulness to go to the place where no one wants to go. Especially going to the hell of Avici. Avici means “without intermission”, the suffering there is uninterrupted, precisely as we speak in general 18 layers of hell, certainly more levels of hell than that. He goes to help all beings there. It is incredible that while all other beings are being tormented for their retribution, however his body and mind are purified without defilements, has attained being the master of himself completely freedom at will. He treats all these beings that which are blameworthy and bring about bad karma, across-the-board from the king of the ghosts, subordinate servants, and these suffering individuals; to consider them to be Buddha or Bodhisattva, without exception and equal attitude towards all. Without a mind of equality, how can you go there. Regarding his equality can see from his pledged vow.

His students have already all become Buddha. When we explain the Sutra of the Universal Vows of Di-Zang Bodhisattva (Ksitigarbha), all the Buddha come; every time we mention the name of Di-Zang Bodhisattva (Ksitigarbha), all the Buddha arrive to pay homage to him. Why? Because all the Buddha are his students, the teacher still manifested himself as Bodhisattva body to help and enlighten the hell beings.

This kind of infinite mercy and infinite compassion is what we should learn. Do you know why he can be this way? Because he has already shattered the existence of open space (all doubt), has attained to the highest rank of shatteringthe existence of open space (all doubt) – the Buddha attainment of Eternal Peace and Tranquil Light Realm. This is the highest attainment of shattering the existence of open space (all doubt), by means of his infinite merits to salvation all the blameworthy and suffering beings of hell world.

These beings of hell are very interesting; for the countless existence of world-periods, Di-Zang Bodhisattva (Ksitigarbha) taught them to chant Amitabha to go and be born to the Bliss World of Amitabha Pure Land. Were there anyone able to go? Yes, very few.

Why? The hell beings are under tremendous unendurable pain that they have difficulty with retention. They are taught the name of Buddha and immediately forgot. Some individuals have gone through the difficult process of chanting Amitabha and exited the hell world; after entering a mother’s womb in preparation or rebirth into this world to be a human, for 3 days (very short time) one is back to the Three Wretched Realms, again back to the hell world.

Why? When they were in the human world, the karma that one has created leads them back down.

This kind of behavior repeats for how long? It can last innumerable to boundless existence of world-periods.

But the vow power of Di-Zang Bodhisattva (Ksitigarbha) which he says:

The number of all beings will be exhausted; however, my vow is infinite. I will wait until all beings become Buddha; I will manifest to become Buddha again.

If you can open your breadth of mind to develop as Di-Zang Bodhisattva (Ksitigarbha), you will certainly become a Buddha regardless. Becoming a Buddha considers a person’s breadth of mind as the primary premise. A person with a narrow mind cannot become a Buddha.  To have narrow breadth of mind who chants (mindfulness) Amitabha, only think about oneself, it is impossible to become Buddha.

All Buddha Bodhisattva of the Bliss World of Amitabha Pure Land have infinite mercy and infinite compassion. The additional word – “infinite” before mercy and compassion means boundlessness. People should not be mistaken about this so-called “infinite mercy and infinite compassion”, because all beings are Buddha in the mind of all Buddha and Bodhisattvas, who have not become Buddha yet are precisely equal to a Buddha.

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(五 )     慧海圓融

(上星期講到: 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。)

如果你今天心有一點「定」,對於人世間你就更有信心了,就更覺得它有味道。人家不願意去的地方,你去那地方意味無窮。就像地藏王菩薩到地獄去,地獄我曉得各位沒有看過,也沒有機會去。因為什麼?業障還沒有到,還不在那個地方。

只有兩種人去:一個是你的業力叫你去的,每天活在煩惱、執著、妄想嚴重的汚染,到地獄去。第二, 破無明的大菩薩,可以隨時到地獄去。去做什麼?去渡眾生。就像地藏菩薩去渡眾生。

地藏菩薩,破盡四十一品無明,早就成佛了,但是他留一品「生相無明」。什麼叫生相?出生的那個狀態。「留惑潤生」,留一品「無明」惑。如果不留,不來世間,跟世間沒關係。

很多佛不來。為什麼?沒有緣了,他把無量劫來跟他結緣的眾生,都渡盡了,他不來。我們也沒有緣跟他們碰面,除非成佛,大家碰面。

地藏菩薩,大慈大悲,因為跟他有緣的眾生很多;尤其地獄道,尤其我們這世界。所以他發願,「地獄不空、誓不成佛」,表演給你看。大慈大悲到人家不願意去的地方,尤其到阿鼻地獄叫無間,痛苦沒有間斷,就是我們一般人講十八層地獄,當然不止,他到那裡渡眾。他到那地方,妙了,人家是受罪,他身心清淨,一塵不染,得大自在。對於他身邊這些罪苦眾生,從鬼王、鬼卒,還有受罪的這些人,一律視為佛菩薩,一律平等。你不平等怎麼能到那裡去。這個平等,可以從他發的願看出。

地藏菩薩的學生全部成佛。我們講《地藏經》的時候,所有佛都來,只要講到地藏王菩薩的名號,一切佛都到。為什麼?一切佛是他的學生,老師還在化菩薩身,在渡化地獄眾生。

這種大慈大悲我們要學。你知道他為什麼能這樣?他因為「粉碎虛空」了,「粉碎虛空」到了最高的品位 – 佛的果地「常寂光土」。這是最高「粉碎虛空」的果位,以無量功德,攝受地獄罪苦眾生。

這些地獄眾生很有意思,地藏王菩薩無量劫來教導他們念佛往生極樂世界。有沒有去極樂世界?有,很少。

為什麼?太痛苦了。教一句、忘一句。好不容易念個阿彌陀佛出去了,投胎做人,三天又回到三惡道去了,又回地獄道。

為什麼?到人間來又造業,造業又下去。

 

這樣子反反覆覆多久?無量劫的無邊劫。

可是地藏王菩薩的願力,他講過:「眾生有盡,我願無窮,一切眾生成了佛了,我再示現成佛。」如果今天你的心胸開發到像這樣的地步,不成佛也要成。成佛是以「心胸」為第一前題。心量狹小的人無法成佛。心量狹小念佛,只想到自己,不可能的。

極樂世界一切佛菩薩全部是大慈大悲。慈悲上面加個大,「大」是沒有邊際。所謂大慈大悲,各位不要誤會,在佛菩薩心裡面一切眾生是佛,是未成之佛,就等於是佛。

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