MASTER SHEN-LONG | Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 79
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Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 79

(Last week we ended with, “The “genuine skill” is before the rising of greedy thoughts, the name of Amitabha has maintained uninterrupted, this is the importance!”)

 

You must not say, after a greedy thought arose, you then chant Amitabha; no such thing. Initially, of course, when a greedy thought starts you chant Amitabha; after one or two weeks later, chanting Amitabha must not cease and be continuous, to chant also in sleep which you chant automatically.  All of you there is no need to worry, I am going to sleep, unable to chant Amitabha what shall I do? No, one chants automatically, inside the subconscious mind there is Amitabha’s name.

Doing this way after a couple of weeks you will see the difference; after 3 weeks or 4 weeks to a month, your mind will be fixed. After your mind is fixed, your body then begins to transform, then it starts to take things less seriously. After being less serious to an extent, then this received for use will let you will strive to be more in motion. You should not care when you will eradicate the unenlightened condition or when to become Buddha; it is done by accumulation of the little details. There is a very important element you must pursue unremittingly, to pursue unremittingly is also the key.

What power lets you to pursue unremittingly? It is the blue sky turns out to be an illusory image. If you truly believe that the blue sky turns out to be an illusory image, then you can pursue unremittingly is possible.

Now we lack in effort and perseverance. Have the problem to increase perseverance because you are unable to be disillusioned with everything and letting go of all. If you have risen with perseverance, then I guarantee you chanting Amitabha surely has attainment. Therefore, the earliest key is so-called foundation; without a good foundation, you cannot be disillusioned with everything and let go of all, then all is empty talk.

After shattering the existence of open space (all doubt), you entered the sphere so-called “eradication of one grade of the unenlightened condition, to realize one grade of embodiment of the truth (Dharma Body)”.  Then it starts a phenomenon that is perfectly integrated in the ocean of wisdom.

The ocean of wisdom describes our wisdom like the ocean.  Our mentally and physically wisdom, the inherent Buddha-nature wisdom is the same as an ocean, which is inexhaustible in supply and always available for use. By then you attain the enjoyment of “One reality Dharma Realm -the inherent pure nature world of all beings”, to be called the state of being the master of yourself.

Currently, we are not being the master of ourselves, also are not pleased with one’s position. Speaking in general, finding amusement in one’s own way is very difficult. “Finding amusement” is getting from outside.  However, “being the master of one’s self” is not that way; it is the fundamental essence of our inherent Buddha-nature, we are inherently the master of one’s self. Inherently there exist the pleasing of tasting the teaching, originally there is non-rising and non-ceasing of all phenomena. We are developing the wisdom and being the master of ourselves in our body and mind.

You need to develop to what extent? Developing to be perfectly integrated.

Perfectly which is the complete eradication of 41 grades unenlightened condition to have Buddha attainment. Integrated refers you and all beings are without duality or distinction, manifold and without limit, being well versed in all universally, regarding all phenomena of mundane and trans mundane there is none unknown of. Why?  You have already eradicated all 41 grades unenlightened condition. In this cognitive sphere, you can receive and lead all beings, this is called Perfectly integrated in the ocean of wisdom.

Therefore, what is the result of perfectly integrated in the ocean of wisdom? Being the master of one’s self.  To add another word of “great” to it, which means truly being the master of one’s self completely freedom at will. There are many Bodhisattva who have not eradicated the unenlightened condition and still unable being the master of one’s self. Even one has eradicated one grade of the unenlightened condition, one is being the master of one’s self, but imperfectly.

Here it speaks about perfectly integrated in the ocean of wisdom is truly being the master of one’s self, which refers to true perfection, it is precisely the situation of becoming a Buddha. In this sphere, the splendid nature of being the resultant person and environment of the ten states of existence, the Hua-Yan (Avatamasaka) All Buddha Assembly, are all manifested.  Not only you can be “eight stage of the Buddha life – descent from Tusita Heaven, entry into womb, birth, leaving hom, subjection of Mara, attaining perfect wisdom, preaching, nirvana”, to have Buddha’s power to reproduce yourself at infinitum and anywhere in infinite worlds also. It completes simultaneously and dividing the body the same time.

Remember this, it does not mean you appear in one place first and then appear to the next location, no such thing. It is simultaneously; you sit here, in the same time your infinite dividing body transmits the teaching of Buddha at infinitely boundless sphere of all beings.

What is transmitting the teaching of the Buddha? It is to teach and to enlighten all beings back to the right path, by reproducing oneself infinitely and anywhere to make offerings to all Buddha and Bodhisattva and all beings.

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(五 )     慧海圓融

(上星期講到: 真正功夫是你起那個貪念以前,佛號保持不斷,這個重要。)

不要說貪念起了,我再念佛,沒有這種事的。初步當然了,貪念一起念佛,一兩個禮拜以後,佛號不要斷, 連續,睡覺也念,自動會念,自動的。各位不要去擔心,我要睡覺了,不念佛怎麼辦?沒有,自動它會念,潛意識裡面有佛號。

兩個禮拜就不一樣,三個禮拜、四個禮拜、一個月以後,心就定了。定了以後,你的身體就起變化,就開始輕鬆了。輕鬆到一個程度,受用就會讓你更加功進行。不要管我什麼時候可以破「無明」,什麼時候可以成佛,點點滴滴累積起來。有一個非常重要,就是你要能夠「持之以恆」,持之以恆這也是「關鍵」。

什麼力量能夠讓你持之以恆?「青天成幻影」。你真的認為「青天是幻影」了,可以,持之以恆。

現在我們缺乏的,一個功夫,一個恆心。恆心生不起來,是因為看不破、放不下。如果今天恆心生起來了,那我保證你念佛一定有成就。所以最早的關鍵都是所謂「地基」,你地基沒有打好,不能看破、不能放下,一切都是空談。

既然「粉碎虛空」以後,進了所謂「破一品無明,證一分法身」以後的境界,就開始產生一個現象,就是「慧海圓融」。「慧」是智慧,「海」是形容智慧如海。我們身心的智慧、本來的佛性智慧就跟大海一樣,取之不盡,用之不竭。那時候得到「一真法界」受用了,叫自在。

我們現在沒自在,現在也沒有叫自得。一般講「自得其樂」,很難!「得」,是從外面得到叫得。「自在」不是,是本來我們就有佛性的本體,本來就自在。本來就有「法喜」,本來就沒有生滅,這本來的。我們現在是開發,把自己身心當中的自在、智慧開發出來。

你要開發到什麼程度?開發到圓融。

「圓」是圓滿,「融」是融通。「圓滿」,是破盡四十一品無明到佛的果地了。「融」是跟一切眾生無二無別,重重無盡,一切通達,對於世出世間一切法沒有不知道的。為什麼?已經破盡四十一品無明了。在這境界中,可以接引一切眾生,這叫「慧海圓融」。

所以「慧海圓融」的果是什麼?自在。自在加個大,叫「大自在」,真正的自在。很多菩薩沒有破「無明」,還是不自在。破了一品「無明」,自在是真的,不夠圓滿。

這裡講「慧海圓融真自在」,真正圓滿,就是到了成佛的地步。在這境界中,十法界依正莊嚴、華嚴海會全部現前;不僅「八相成道」,無量界的分身,同時具足,同時分身。

記住,不是一個地方去完了,到另外一個地方,沒這個事,同時。坐在這裡,同時無量分身,在無量、無邊的眾生境界中轉大法輪。

「轉法輪」是什麼?教化眾生,以無量分身,供養一切諸佛菩薩,供養一切眾生。

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