07 Feb Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 81
(Last week we ended with, “Therefore, like this kind of sphere, the Bodhisattva of other Buddhist sects, schools of Zen Buddhism and Esoteric Buddhism are all unaware. If one does not come from the Bliss World of Amitabha Pure Land genuinely, one is unable to know and it is impossible for one to know.”)
All beings are lost every day, lost in what? They are lost in the external religious phenomena of Buddhism. How could they know the original intention of all Buddha, the cognitive sphere of all Buddha and Bodhisattvas? They do not know.
Even transmitting it to them, would they know? They also would not know. Why? It is by means of “greed, aversion, ignorance, discrimination and attachment” to read the Sutras and chant (mindfulness) Amitabha. They do not know. This is exactly all the pathetic ones! These are the common findings by Shakyamuni Buddha:
All beings of our Earth are pathetic ones!
One possesses one’s own purity and radiance of self-nature Amitabha Tathagata obviously, yet one is unaware. Giving them the method of chanting (mindfulness) Amitabha, one is unaware. Through the infinite existence of world-periods one is still unaware. Therefore, Amitabha is using his infinitely boundless other forms of appearances to come to our world to help and enlighten all beings as his career. He exists in all professions, not just in the human world, but also in the animal world, hungry ghost world, hell world, heaven world and the world of the Asuras; all have Amitabha’s transformation. Also, the world of four kinds of sages (Buddha, Bodhisattva, Pratyekabuddha and Arhat) have Amitabha’s transformation. The Ten States of Existence all have Amitabha’s transformation wants them to be disillusioned with everything and let go of all to perfect the way of Buddha. Why? Teaching one the name of Amitabha is teaching one to go and be born to the Bliss World of Amitabha Pure Land. When you there, you are then becoming a Buddha in perfection and then you are awakened. Immediately upon awakening, then one realizes as it turns out that all phenomena are manifested from the mind.
Bear in mind, this is important!
All existences are manifested from the mind, nothing but the production of consciousness.
The two phenomena of mind and consciousness just confused all beings; even the self-nature purity is its manifestation.
Our own self-nature is inherently pure.
One thought of the unenlightened condition arises three extremely fine notions; and the object perceived which serves as the circumstantial condition to manifest six common concepts.
A sudden activation, instantly becomes the intelligent spirit, exactly as we stated – the soul. Therefore, nowadays we enter a mother’s womb in preparation for rebirth into this world or transmigration, it is the soul that reincarnates, our Buddha-nature has never changed, such as:
The Buddha-nature is the essence of all things and absolute immovable and immutable in differentiations.
After a soul enters a mother’s womb in preparation for rebirth into this world, then to think of this body is the “self – I”, then this is how it becomes. Before, how was there an expression referring to men and women, old and young, there was none. It was all derived from the thinking of humans, giving it names, this is the truth of reincarnation. No one explains this truth, then no one knows. Therefore, the last phrase is: No attachment to the reincarnation phenomena of all beings then the noumenon arises, from which the leading Patriarch (Buddha) manifests. What is the leading Patriarch (Buddha) here for? To awaken all beings, to teach them to recover their own pure essence. The Noumenon arises; to manifest something from nothing.
What is the meaning of noumenon arise? When a being appeals, Buddha or Bodhisattva move to correspond. When all beings want to escape from being bound to obtain freedom, to become Buddha, and want to resolve one’s life problem; in the great function of boundless purity will emerge a phenomenon of infinite mercy, infinite compassion and infinite wisdom, who comes to our human world.
All of you need to think this over, where are these Transformation Bodies of Buddha or Bodhisattva from? All beings want to get enlightened, if there is one who wishes to have enlightenment then Buddha or Bodhisattva take a material shape of all kinds, naturally. It is not that the Buddha or Bodhisattva has any intentions; people should not be mistaken about this. Buddha does not have any intention; his mind is pure without any idea. It is person who wants to get enlightened, their own mind does the manifestation.
All phenomena are produced from the mind.
Your mind thinks of enlightenment, it manifests the enlightenment. You think in mind to become a Buddha; it manifests becoming Buddha. Therefore, the Bliss World of Amitabha Pure Land is also manifested from the mind.
Amitabha manifests the Bliss World of Amitabha Pure Land to receive and lead all living beings of ten states of existence who want to recover one’s self-nature purity, equality and illumination. So, he has manifested infinite Patriarchs come to our world to illustrate about “the splendid nature of being the resultant person and environment in the Bliss World of Amitabha Pure Land”. Otherwise, how would people know of this if you do not tell them?
Everything is manifested. All beings will become Buddha and is a Patriarch, or also be the most virtuous one in the future; so, you should not be mistaken by these nominal definitions and terminology of Buddhism.
Where is the reincarnation phenomena of all beings? It exists within our Buddha-nature. The Buddha-nature manifests the universe. The reincarnation phenomena of all beings are precisely the universe, it is manifested from our Buddha-nature. Within the Buddha-nature, anything can manifest; it can manifest the Patriarch, and can also manifest:
The non-existent and existent are non-duality, real and unreal co-exist simultaneously.
Currently we are reincarnating, where do we reincarnate? We reincarnate in our own self-nature’s pure Dharma Body. Precisely, the reincarnation has not met our expectation, it has reincarnated sloppy and exists with residual effect of having phenomena of “birth, aging, sickness and death”. If you turn your reincarnated mind to “purity, equality and enlightenment”; this is the purpose that comes to our world of all Patriarchs and the most virtuous ones. Regardless of which sect of Buddhism or religion you are, or what race you are, or what genius you are born from – the twelve categories; all are inseparable from the self-nature’s purity and equality. After understanding this theory, when looking at all beings we must not have discrimination. We must not pass judgments of right or wrong, beautiful or ugly, or good or bad, because all are Buddha and Bodhisattva. Why? One has Buddha-nature.
卷(五 ) 慧海圓融
我們本來自性是清淨。「一念無明生三細，境界為緣長六麤」。突然一動，變成「神識」，就是我們講「靈魂」。所以我們現在投胎轉世，靈魂去投胎，佛性沒有變過 – 佛性如如不動。
我們今天輪迴，在那裡輪迴？在自性清淨法身中輪迴。就是輪迴的不理想，輪迴的拖泥帶水，輪迴的有後遺症，有生老病死。你把輪迴心轉過來，轉成清淨、平等、覺，這就是一切祖師大德來世間的目的。不論你是那個宗派，那個宗教，你是那種人，是那種類生 – 十二類生，全部不離自性清淨、平等。曉得道理以後，我們看一切眾生都不要分別了，是非、美醜、好壞，全是佛菩薩。為什麼？他有佛性。