09 Feb 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?
- You cannot let go here.
- You hate to part with this body.
- 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.
卷 (六) 布施波羅蜜
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。