19 Oct Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 58
[Series of Master Shen-Long expounding on the Prajna Paramita (Perfection of Transcendent Wisdom) Heart Sutra]
(Last week we ended with: It seems like there is always something to confine you, to restrict you from doing this or that; every day you become more and more narrow, and at the end of your life you become so narrow that you become only a spot, when this spot disappears that is the moment of your reincarnation.)
Therefore, regarding oneself does one understand? One only understands a certain extent; one only understands whether one has habits or not, but one does not know whether oneself has Buddha-nature or not.
Buddha-nature is the fundamental nature of enlightenment. Regarding this, I see that the average person truly does not understand this. Therefore, when we talk about no attachment, it means no attachment to your habit. Prajna refers to the function within your Buddha-nature. So many people worship Buddha and chant Amitabha their entire life without effect; one remains an ordinary unenlightened person.
Why? One is about life in the universe, one does not wish to change. The attachment of oneself insists on making one’s life difficult every day. One thinks Buddha Bodhisattva is one’s own Buddha Bodhisattva, then it is all over.
You need to remember that the first thing learning to become a Buddha is that you need to be lenient in your breadth of mind.
To what extent? To be without any boundary.
All religions have this foundation, but I am talking about Buddhism is an education that does not relate to religion. The reason why it does not relate to religion is because it does not have the unenlightened condition. Religion possesses the unenlightened condition; it contains adoration with a lack of understanding. Concerning the unknown future, and Heaven and God; one is completely without understanding. There is no cultivation path for one to become God; that is extremely inequitable to all living beings. But Buddha teaching is not like this; it is total equality.
Why? Everyone can understand the facts about the universe.
The question is whether you want to understand it.
Again, someone says: “I want to understand; how do I start? This is very simple; remove your ego of “I”. No longer use the concept of “I” to live. For instance, “I” have eaten too much, “I” do not feel well, my belly suffers pain, or “I” look at that person; that was the “I” that caused the mischief.
Therefore, all of you come to listen to the explanation of the Heart Sutra, the most important for the mind is what condition?
The text of the Heart Sutra is very short, but it is the major crucial point of Prajna wisdom. If your mind is in the state of “without mind also is not without mind”, then you have succeeded.
Let me explain this in a different way, you currently have the behavior of thinking that demonstrates that you are still in the reincarnation.
What is reincarnation? You follow the track of an overturned cart in handling the matter.
The first condition of reincarnation is “greed (desire)”, the second condition is when one feels unwell when something is unobtainable, such as “resentment”. Feeling unwell for a long period of time results in becoming “ignorant”, lethargic and obsessively clinging.
Therefore, it is the three things of “greed, resentment and ignorance”, where do these three things come from? They are from the unenlightened condition.
Therefore, next it states: And no ending of the unenlightened condition, up to and including no aging and death, and alsono ending of aging and death.