MASTER SHEN-LONG | Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 90
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Explanation of the Title: Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 90

(Last week we ended with: “You go alive to be reborn to the Bliss World of Amitabha Pure Land, not after you are dead. You go there alive with your mind in mirror-like clarity, either by standing, sitting or crouching in an auspicious way (lying in a recumbent position)”).

 

We look at this from the purified mind in its natural state. You need to let all beings part from cognitive distortion, far from fear, and the best is to encourage them to chant (mindfulness) Amitabha. When chanting Amitabha, all the Buddha protect and keep in mind plus have support by the vow power of Amitabha 48 Vows, all Bodhisattvas are in mindfulness, the Dharma guards of Nagas, Devas, Raksasas, Gandharvas, Asuras, Garudas, Kinnaras, and Mahoragas (the Eight Dharmapalas—guardians of the Buddha-truth) guard and care for, and all the enlightened beings are mindful of the one chanting. There are no kinds of demonic incidents or incidents of being tormented. Unlike Zen Buddhism, the incidents of being obsessed during self-cultivation in Zen meditation practice, or the same kind of obsessed incidents when people practice Esoteric Buddhism. You can ask all the people who chant (mindfulness) Amitabha, has anyone ever been bewitched? None.

Chanting (mindfulness) Amitabha chants the Infinite Light, Infinite Life, Infinite Wisdom and Infinite Prajna, how is it possible for any bewitching incidents to happen?

Esoteric Buddhism leads and returns to the Bliss World of Amitabha Pure Land, leads and return to the “Central Pure Land of Vairocana Buddha”. The “Central Pure Land” is precisely the “Lotus-Treasury World” of Shakyamuni Buddha. The most important feature of the “Lotus-Treasury World” is the 20th tier which is Amitabha Pure Land in the “Lotus-Treasury World”. If you are clear about this, it is better we go to the Bliss World of Amitabha Pure Land first, entering the world’s quintessence.

The “Lotus-Treasury World” is like the city of Taipei, “Amitabha Pure Land” is Taipei’s quintessence district. The “Central Pure Land of Vairocana Buddha” is like New York, the “Bliss World of Amitabha Pure Land” is the best district – Manhattan in New York.

If you are clear with the facts and the truth, then when you chant Amitabha will have the vitality of a hundred-fold, full in confidence and without doubt, without interruptions or without being tangled up with distracting thoughts.

Many people ask me: “How come I have chanted Amitabha for some time now and it has had no effect at all”.

No, it is because your secular concept is extremely severe and do not have the mind of leaving.

What is mind of leaving? You do not want to detach from this world.

It is no use, if you cannot let go of this world, then how can you go to Amitabha Pure Land?

It is exactly like if you cannot let go of here then, how can you go to Manhattan in New York?

  1. You cannot let go here.
  2. You hate to part with this body.
  3. You also hate to part with your mind, the faculty of thinking in your head is filled with the earthling’s ways of thinking, viewing, speaking and doing; it does not correspond with Amitabha Pure Land.

If you can let go of all those, after you go to Amitabha Pure Land, marvelously Amitabha Pure Land is without estrangement from our world completely. You can look after your family members every second. Your family members will be unable to see you, but you can see them. You are by their side, but they do not know. Why? Family members are confused and are erroneousness regarding illusion as reality. There is not even one thought of their mind purified of defiling illusion; therefore, they have no correspondence with people of Amitabha Pure Land.

In fact, people have gone to Amitabha Pure Land are in our world every day, but many people completely do not understand.

One would say: “Look at them who had gone to Amitabha Pure Land, they do not care for us, they do not pay visit on us”.

This is the mistake; you are the common person with the layman’s eye vision which sees nothing.  Your close relatives and family members who have gone and born to Amitabha Pure Land, there are many of their transformational incarnations in our world. It is not necessary the family member gets priority for crossing over to Nirvana; the one with predestined affinity has ripened and will be helped to cross first.

Thus, family members start slandering: “You see they do not come back for us”.

Others have also been influenced and make consenting remarks: “That is right. What use to chant Amitabha. They look after only one aspect -themselves, to finish this life and are not deeply concerned about any other person, they have run away, so selfish and leave the rest of us here suffering.”

These remarks are all from erroneous thinking, attachments, discriminations and afflictions, such a pitiful bunch! In fact, the more one has this way of thinking, the less likely your close relatives and family members can help you cross over to nirvana. They are emitting the light right next to you, yet you have no feeling; this is where the problem is at.

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(六)  布施波羅蜜

(上星期講到: 往生極樂世界是活著去,不是死了再去。活著,清清楚楚、明明白白,站著走的,坐著走的,吉祥臥的。)

在法界,我們來看這事情,你要讓一切眾生遠離顛倒夢想,遠離恐怖,最好就是勸念佛。因為念佛,一切佛護念,又有《彌陀四十八大願》願力加持,一切菩薩也護念,龍天八部也護念,所有一切有覺性的眾生都護念。沒有魔事的,沒有折磨這事情。不像禪宗,「參禪」著魔了。不像密教,修密著魔了。你去問念佛的,有沒有著魔的?沒有。

念佛是念「無量光、無量壽、無量智、無量慧」,怎麼會著魔?

所以,密教最後導歸到阿彌陀佛極樂世界,導歸到「中央密嚴土 」- 毘盧遮那佛中央密嚴土。「中央密嚴土」就是釋迦牟尼佛的「華藏世界」。「華藏世界」的精華是華藏世界第二十層極樂世界。你要把這搞清楚了,那不如我們就先到極樂世界去了,入到最精華的世界。

「華藏世界」就像台北,「極樂世界」是台北的精華區。「中央密嚴土」就像紐約,「極樂世界」是紐約的精華區曼哈頓。

你要是實真相弄清楚,念起佛來精神百倍,信心十足,不會有懷疑,不會有間斷,不會有夾雜。

很多人問我:「念佛怎麼越念,好像沒有效。」

不是的,因為你世俗觀念太嚴重,沒有出離心。什麼叫出離心?不想離開這世界。

沒辦法,這世界你放不下,那怎麼到極樂世界去?

就像你現在放不下這裡,你怎麼到紐約曼哈頓去?

(一)  放不下這裡。

(二) 捨不得這個身,身捨不得。

(三) 心也捨不得,腦袋裡思想行為全都是地球人的想法、看法、說法、做法,跟極樂世界不相應。

如果你這些都能放下,去極樂世界以後;妙了, 極樂世界跟我們世界沒有隔閡,完全沒有隔閡。你分分秒秒可以照顧你的家人。你的家人看不到你,你看得到他們。你在他身邊,他都不知道。為什麼?家裡人迷惑顛倒。沒有一個念頭是清淨的,所以跟極樂世界去的人完全不相應。

其實到極樂世界去的人每一天都在我們這世界,很多人完全不了解。

他說:「你看他們到極樂世界去了,不管我們了,沒有回來。」

搞錯了,你是肉眼凡夫,肉眼凡夫什麼都看不見。其實真正家親眷屬往生到極樂世界,到我們世間上來化身的,太多了。家裡的人不見得先得渡,他先渡跟他因緣成熟的眾生。

所以家裡人就開始誹謗,說:「你看,都沒有回來。」

別人也看到,都說:「對!念佛有什麼用。自了漢,自己跑掉了,自私自利,留下我們這一群人在這邊受苦。」

全部都是妄想、執著、分別、煩惱講出來的話,可憐憫者!其實越是有這種想法的人,家親眷屬也渡不了你。他每一天放光在你旁邊,你都沒感覺,是個大問題。

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