31 Oct Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 60
[Series of Master Shen-Long expounding on the Prajna Paramita (Perfection of Transcendent Wisdom) Heart Sutra]
(Last week we ended with: Although the story is very dramatic, life is precisely this way.)
A person who pursues a goal stubbornly, if you are still in your illusion then you will surely die. In that case, it is another kind of person who is not willing to die. While this may seem sad, honestly speaking, it is a joke.
Why? Fundamentally there is no such thing as aging and death.
For what reason is there not? Even the unenlightened condition does not exist, then where does this “I” come from?
“I” also does not exist, then who is born, who ages, who is ill, and who dies?
No one. Therefore, there is no phenomena of “birth, aging, illness and death”.
There is no “birth, aging, sickness and death”, also no ending of “birth, aging, sickness and death”. To cite from this: No “people, matters, places and things”; also, no ending of “people, matters, places and things”. This is extremely important. The good thing about Buddhist Sutra is one or two sentences can point out our errors and make us realize it. All of you may feel a little bit enlightened now; the question is with this little bit of enlightenment, how you are going to maintain it. For instance,
I explain the Sutra now, but I do not take this matter seriously. When I am on stage, I just speak from my mouth.
Why? I take this matter and consider it as if not having this matter.
In that case, am I not taking the Sutra explaining to heart? I am very conscientiously doing my explaining, paying attention to every sentence and every condition. The unstable minds of the audience, I have observed them all clearly. But I do not mind; I am in the game.
It should be this way when we handle things; if you do things and always have conflicts with your boss, do not deal with your co-workers, or regard people nearby feeling very unpleasant entirely; I am telling you, your attachment is too serious, and you do not know how to play the game. To be serious in the game that is a masterful hand. The so-called master hand (expert), and yet one does not have a hand. Explaining the Sutra uses the mouth, but honestly speaking, one does not have a mouth; you are seeing it wrong again.
Therefore, to listen to the Sutra explaining, the most important is you are not in the state of listening. Sutra explains if you have listened, it demonstrates you have attachment. If you have given your ear to it, you need to forget it. To listen without attachment in mind, without attachment to do the listening yet is listening to all the true meaning; to do so with full concentration and no attachment when doing, and without attachment of doing, then one is truly doing it perfectly. In the future, these kinds of phrases are many. Using this kind of method to explain is very meaningful.
Why? It is to hear with full concentration and no attachment to do the hearing.
Does it go in the left ear and out the right ear? One does not. When one hears, the mind is without distracting thought. Therefore, when one hears without that phenomena of doing the hearing, that significance and implication of its core which one can experience it.
So, hearing the Sutra explained is known as learning of the Sutra and called an experience for oneself. To see things is not seeing, it is through learning and to experience for oneself.