MASTER SHEN-LONG | Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 82
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Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 82

(Last week we ended with, “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.”)

 

Normally we look at outward appearances but it is not that way, the outward appearance we see is fake. It is metabolism, where the new replaces the old in moments. We see the depths of one’s soul, where the depth is the pure self-nature’s Buddha-nature, that original nature of enlightenment. Buddha is enlightenment, precisely the original nature of enlightenment. If you view things this way, there is no affliction.

The table and chair are Dharma-nature (the immaterial nature underlying all things); where does it manifest from? It manifests from Buddha-nature.

The materiality manifests from Buddha-nature. Buddha-nature manifests spirituality and materiality, all leads and returns to Buddha-nature.

Since we are lost, the pure self-nature’s Buddha realm then manifests Buddha or Bodhisattva come to our mundane world to be the same as everyone. They live and practice together as everybody here, to transmit the Buddha teaching to all; speak the way of enlightenment repeatedly, and to leave it behind for us. This was the reason of those Patriarchs through the ages wanted to explain the Sutras incessantly. The “Sutra” is the living guidebook, a directory of enlightenment.  They leave it behind, across all eras and all explain the same. Why?  The Dharma (teaching) is the immutable truth; Buddha teaching is immutability.

All ways that exist can be explained, merely the ways of explanation are not the same. Exposition of the teachings between Tang dynasty and nowadays corresponds to the different spiritual capacities of the audience; however, regarding “the teaching of the Buddha, the principle of the Buddha, the practice of the Buddha, the reward of being Buddha” is exactly the same. Steps to attain enlightenment through “firm belief, comprehend with wisdom, put into practice and verify into the state of nirvana” is the same.

Therefore, if you chant Amitabha wholeheartedly today, truly have moved Buddha to respond, then you must be clear that it originates from your good roots, it is an extremely rare opportunity to come across. You should not let it pass by empty-handed. If this happens, I can guarantee that after the infinite existence of world-periods you may not have this opportunity again. Probably it will take another “boundless” existence of world-periods, if it is the term of “infinite” still can be calculated by numbers, but when speaking in terms of the “boundless existence of world-periods”, that thing is troublesome.

One of the practitioners who has achieved a bit of cognitive sphere, I spoke to him: “You are disillusioned with everything and let go of all; it is  great difficulty to have a bit of opportunity, it was from repeated practice in your previous lifetime, so chant (mindfulness) Amitabha properly  with a sincere mind.”

What is the benefit of chanting Amitabha? Everything without exception of accomplishing and carry out. After becoming Buddha; how can there be anything not to carry out and bring to a finish? You need to take hold of this opportunity, you are aware that yourself has many erroneous thinking and attachments; no need to be afraid, use the name of Amitabha to turn it. After transforming for a long duration of time, your body and mind have purified of defiling illusion, then you will become more confident. This confidence will not recede, and over time, you have a kind of happiness called “joy of tasting Dharma (Buddha teaching)”. This kind of joy, there is no discrimination, attachments and erroneous thinking which is called “Dharma”; this joy is the highest enjoyment of human life. This enjoyment will lead you to recover purity and equality, to resolve your “birth, aging, sickness and death”; sweeping away all phases of the “creation, duration, dissolution and state of being dissolved”. When you attain this sphere, you will have no problem to go and be born to the Bliss World of Amitabha Pure Land.

What is called “to go and be born to the Pure Land of Amitabha”? You can connect with the energy of Amitabha Pure Land, in future you shed the body like removing clothes, to exchange for an incorruptible adamantine body, arrive to the Bliss World of Amitabha Pure Land to become Buddha. After becoming Buddha, it is the state of adamantine-indestructible; time and space have already been eradicated, and what else is there that can destroy it? By means of the sincere mind to exchange for the state of adamantine-indestructible is truly a great deal.  Speaking the truth, no matter how you do the figuring, it is the best bargain.

Today explaining these four Gatha verses, there exists its significance of the era. Although it only is a poem, everyone truly wants to be clear about the principle of Buddhism: “the teaching of the Buddha, the principle of the Buddha, the practice of the Buddha, the reward of being a Buddha” are all within.

If you truly believe the blue sky turns out to be an illusory image, this is the teaching of Tathagata (Buddha).

Truly shatter the existence of open space (all doubt), who has awakened to the truth; this is the principle and method of Buddhism.

If you truly believe in this instruction, to comprehend this method to implement it. After implementation, you will attain the state of perfectly integrated in the ocean of wisdom is truly being the master of one’s self.

 After being the master of your-self, no attachment to the reincarnation phenomena of all beings then the noumenon arises, from which the leading Patriarch (Buddha) manifests; not only yourself attain the state of Buddhahood, but you can also help all beings.  In a whole lifetime you accomplish and carry out the great work of becoming Buddha, improving yourself and bringing benefit to others, so all can become Buddha.

I wish for everyone to truly memorize these four Gatha verses. Examine yourself daily:

After all, have I disillusioned with all vicissitudes of life?

Have I shattered the open space (all doubt)?

Have I integrated the ocean of wisdom?

Have I truly implemented by following the teaching of scriptures?

Therefore, we summarize the theory and methods and the previously discussed Prajna of four chapters. The theory and methods are all in these four Gatha verses. All of you should spend time to study it. If you sincerely want to recover your pure self-nature, really chant Amitabha properly. After full sincerity chanting Amitabha for 3 days then Buddha will be moved to respond, there will be a phenomenon you know yourself. That requires a sincere mind:

No distracting thought arises in the mind means sincerity. 

 We end here today.

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(五 )     慧海圓融

(上星期講到: 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。)

 

我們看外面,不是的,我看到外面是假的。新陳代謝,分分秒秒新陳代謝。我們看到他的靈魂深處,深處是自性清淨的佛性,覺悟的那個本性。佛是覺,就是覺悟的本性。你這樣看,沒有煩惱。

桌子椅子是「法性」,法性從那裡變現?從佛性變現。物質是從佛性變現,佛性變現精神體、物質體,一切都導歸到「佛性」。

既然我們在迷,迷的話,自性清淨的佛法界,就變現佛菩薩到我們世間來。跟大家一樣,在這世界跟大家同住、同行,把佛法傳給他,把覺悟的方式一遍又一遍的講出來,留下來。這就是為什麼歷代祖師大德,要不停地講經。「經」是生活指南、覺悟的指南。他把它留下來,每一時代講的都是一樣。為什麼?法,永遠不變,佛法不變。

所有一切方式都能解決,只是講法不同。唐朝說法跟現在說法,應機不同,「教理行果」,是一模一樣;「信解行證」,是一模一樣。

所以講如果你今天「真心念佛」,真正有了感應,你要搞清楚,那是你善根開始發現,無量劫來千載難逢之一日。不要讓它空過了,空過了我保證你,無量劫以後,可能都沒有機會。大概無邊劫,無量還可以算,無邊劫那個麻煩。

有同修跟我講,有一點境界,我跟他講:「你看破、放下,好不容易有一點機會,前生修來的,好好的誠心念佛。」

念佛的好處在那裡?一切事無不成辦。成了佛,還有什麼辦不了的。要把握機會,自己曉得自己妄想、執著多,不要害怕,一句佛號把它轉掉。轉久了,身心清淨,就越來越有信心。這個信心不會退的,久而久之,得一種快樂叫「法喜」。這個喜悅,沒有分別、執著、妄想叫「法」,這種喜悅是人生最高級的享受。這享受帶你恢復清淨、平等,帶你解決「生老病死」,把一切「成住壞滅」,一掃而盡了。得這境界了,往生就沒有問題。

什麼叫「往生」? 與極樂世界的能量接上了,將來身體一脫,就像脫衣服一樣,換一個「金剛不壞身」,到極樂世界成佛了。成佛以後,金剛不壞,時空都破了,還有什麼可以破壞。以誠心換取「金剛不壞」,划得來。實在講怎麼算也划得來。

今天講這四句偈,它有它的時代意義。雖然是一首詩,大家真要明瞭道理 -「教理行果」全部都在裡面:

你真信「青天成幻影」,這如來之教。

真的「粉碎虛空誰入禪」了,這是佛家的理論、方法!

你能真的信這個教誨,理解這個方法,去實行,實行以後得「慧海圓融真自在」。

自在以後,「法界空生祖師來」,能夠自己證果證到佛果,又能夠幫助一切眾生,一生成辦成佛的大業。自利利他,一切成佛。

「教理行證,信解行證」,「教理行果,信解行果」;是互通的。 希望各位能夠真正的把這四句偈,要能背起來。每天看一看:

我到底有沒有把人生百態看破?

我有沒有「粉碎虛空」?

我有沒有「進入慧海」?

我有沒有真的把經典裡面講的教誨真正實行?

所以今天把理論、方法,前面講了四次「般若」,今天做總結。理論、方法都在這四句偈。大家回去,真正去看一看。你誠心誠意要恢復自性清淨,真的好好念佛,念佛三天就有感應,就會有你自己知道的那種現象。那要有誠心。「一念不生謂之誠」。今天就講到這裡。

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