05 Sep Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 52
[Series of Master Shen-Long expounding on the Prajna Paramita (Perfection of Transcendent Wisdom) Heart Sutra]
(Last week we ended with, “If you have eradicated all 41 grades of the unenlightened conditions and become a Buddha, then you would see that nothing is there, even “thought” does not exist.”)
All of you take a moment to think: where do your afflictions come from?
Truly speaking, your afflictions are because of this physical vision of yours. Your physical vision cannot see things clearly; plus, you are nearsighted (myopia). Nearsighted (myopia) vision is different with lens strength, therefore eventually the ability of the eyes will fade away. Ancient people made the effort to compose their minds. You think they were blind but in fact not, their wisdom vision opened and could see the true facts about the life in the universe. However, we cannot see, we do not know the facts about the life in the universe and are only able to see the phenomena about the life in the universe; this is the biggest difference. So, the biggest difference between Buddha Bodhisattva and we is: we see phenomena while they see facts.
Everyone in this society has a certain role, but some are only concerned with themselves; some are concerned with others or are concerned with their family. Some people are concerned with their own village, and some are concerned with their own country.
What is the condition of these people? It is different attachments.
Buddha is not that way; Buddha’s condition is very simple, all things either with life phenomena or without life phenomena, are equal. This is also part of our afflictions too. Our major problem is inequality. This inequality exists with the four types of human emotions like “happiness, anger, sorrow and joy”, it exists with “right or wrong”, “good or bad”, etc.; so, one feels unwell. One’s daily life is either feeling unwell about this or feeling unwell about that.
Regarding happiness, it is also a rapid and passing happiness, after it passes then there is nothing left.
Therefore, do Buddha Bodhisattva exist in this world? Yes, there are many.
But the problem is that you do not know them. You are using an ordinary unenlightened way of thinking to look at them. They also eat and drink, go to the toilet, and have anger like ordinary people with discrimination, attachment and delusional thought. Speaking truthfully, their attachment and delusional thought that are demonstrated from your attachment and delusional thought.
Do they have this? No, they do not have. Even if he lives with you, you are unable to tell.
Why? You consider him an ordinary person.
This is a strange phenomenon. I remember I had seen one before, and of course later we knew that he was not an ordinary person. The phenomena associated with him were: When you scolded him, he scolded you back; if you hit him, he would also slap you back. Continuing this way, it turned to killing. But strangely, when you stab his body with a knife it is transparent and only until then, did we know that he was not an ordinary person. The next day he passed away. So, a genuine Buddha Bodhisattva is not the same as us; their living attitude is different from us and they are here to perform for us.
What performance does he do? He performs: No existence of the realms of the eyes, up to and including no existence of the realms of consciousness. What you have seen is the unreal phenomena of him.