08 Feb Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 25
[Series of Master Shen-Long expounding on the Prajna Paramita (Perfection of Transcendent Wisdom) Heart Sutra]
(Last week we ended with “Every day we have all been angry about something; this is certain. Regardless of whether it is with immense anger or minor anger. You need to think, who gets hurt in the end? It is yourself.)
One does not realize life is but a dream. One does not want to have a good dream; instead, one insists on having a dream that makes life difficult for oneself. This is very interesting, because we are this type of person, and we all have this kind of experience, am I right?
We all want to free ourselves of worldly afflictions, but the fundamental problem is there is no such thing of freeing oneself of worldly afflictions, and neither do afflictions; all cause from the restless and un-peacefulness of your mind. This is very important.
For instance, we come here, you sit there, and if your mind is purified, you will perceive everybody’s way of thinking, and looking at things. If your mind is not purified, then you are restless and unable to sit still, never mind others. Therefore, everyone is different. If everyone can, within the scope of one’s life, compose one’s mind for one to two minutes, this would be very beneficial to all of you.
Of course, first you must change your concept; worldly concepts, ego face, money – all needs to be removed. After you have removed them, then making money will be easier.
Why? There is no gain and loss.
Our society is precisely about gain and loss. Gain and loss has taken every one of us from our pure state into absolute defilement.
Why? I say absolutely 100%, you have become its slave, and even after death you will not let go of it. Many people still want to come back after they have died.
Come back for what? To do things. One still wants to occupy one’s own way of thinking and looking at things in their mind. All things already do not belong to one.
Are there not many haunted houses? The previous owner loved the house and will not let go, so they come back. There are many of these kinds of instances and phenomena in modern society, as well as in ancient times.
We have often talked about malicious spirits – is it real? It is surely real.
All phenomena of this world are real. But let me tell you, their veracity is only in a dream. If you know this is a dream, your life will change.
Change to what? It will change to a Bliss World.
Everyone must not be superstitious; the Bliss World is not the religious idea of the Bliss World of Amitabha Pure Land, do not be mistaken. That world does exist, and that is a phenomenon and a dream too. However, that dream is unadulterated and has no life and death, yet it is still a dream. You all need to try to understand this thoroughly.
The purpose for my encouragement for everyone to go to the Bliss World of Amitabha Pure Land is to let you all have a good dream. After you go there, then you will realize that the purpose is for you to wake up from this good dream. If you are truly awakened, you can be called Amitabha.
“A” means infinite.
“Mita” means quantity or capacity.
“Bha” is enlightenment.
It is infinite this kind of life, inextinguishable spiritually and inextinguishable materially. Therefore, the function of the Buddhism certainly is not a religion. Religion is superstition; rather, the teaching of the Buddha is an education.
Why do I mention this concept again? All of you are still unclear about this kind of concept. Especially Buddha teaching, which you need to practice in your daily life; you need to apply Prajna Paramita in your daily life.
Giving it a try! In your daily life, you can insult and do whatever is needed to fix things up, which is no problem; but your mind needs to be purified of defiling illusion. I am performing every second today, it is a dream, and there is no need to be overly serious about it. If you take it all seriously, then you are making things difficult for yourself. In the future, when you want to die, frankly speaking, you will be unable to die. Everyone is unable to die.
Why? It is because all of you in the past were humans and have been reincarnated into the six realms.
Why are you back again today, you are taking a new lease on life again? It is because every time all transforms into the same condition and you cannot get out of this reincarnation. Therefore, this is a big problem, you need to have perfect insight of being master of yourself.