Date: Sunday, November 25, 2018
Album: The Sixth Patriarch's Dharma Jewel Platform Sutra
Ref ID: 1BGIhXsYmd0
PROPOSED TOPIC #1
And uh, basically, Prajna is what you already possess. We all are endowed with this Prajna wisdom. Including the boy's who is climbing up on the window right there. Believe it or not, that's what's fascinating about it. ... Only in Buddhism, in Buddhism can you find this. Okay? Thank you. Uh, and we're born with that. Okay? ... And as we grow older Uh, we, we, we become more distance, we distance ourselves from that inherent wisdom right there. That's what happens life time after life time. So this life time we get a little bit further away from our Buddha nature, Buddha wisdom. And then we're reborn again. In the future, ... get a, a human body again. We get even further and further away. I just explained in Vietnamese that ... he's that age, he's very, very sensitive. Okay. Uh, he's very sensitive to energy, to strength. And as he gets older, he loses that sense, sensitivity. Okay. Uh, and that's the proof right there, uh, that we are further, further away from our Prajna wisdom. From our inherent wisdom. Okay. ... So only in Mahayana, do you have this, this concept where you have this Buddha wisdom and ... unless you do something about it ... you will ... not be able to access it.
PROPOSED TOPIC #2
Again, it's there. The Prajna is always there. You all ... the Prajna is still, is operational in you right now. But you cannot see, that's all. Does it make sense? It's like you're wearing, you're wearing these, these colored glasses. All you see is, is these colors. But you don't realize, after behind your vision right there, is Prajna. Questions? It's kind of hard for you to believe. But the point here is that the good news is that if you cultivate, you learn, you develop the ability to give rise to a thought of, of wisdom. Okay. Okay. You, there's a way for you to consistently produce these thoughts of Prajna. Through training, through practices. So far so good? And confused people speak of Prajna with their mouths, that's me, but their minds is always deluded.
PROPOSED TOPIC #3
That's what happens to scholars. What happen is this. People of the world, you read a lot of books. They go to colleges, they go to universities and get certified by people who are confused as well. That they understand; and then because of that. Because of that, they cannot give rise to a thought of Prajna. Yes? The Koreans have a lot of problems with this.
Shana > So, the question is ... when we meet a scholar
Master YongHua > Yes
Shana > for example. And then he repeats.
Master YongHua > Yes?
Shana > Prajna wisdom spoken by an enlightened monk in, in the past.
Master YongHua > Right.
Shana > Exact same sentence.
Master YongHua > Right. Happens to me too. Yes. And then what do you do?
Shana > And then that exact sentence is Prajna wisdom but his mind is deluded.
Master YongHua > Right.
Shana > Is, does it consider, is it considered to be Prajna wisdom because the energy is not clean.
Master YongHua > No, it's not, it's not Prajna. Is not's the thought of Prajna.
Shana > Even though the word is Prajna.
Master YongHua > Uh, it's, it's, it's, it's not Prajna from him. It's Prajna from the Patriarchs. From the Sages. It's not Prajna from him. What does it matter if you say you count money from, from the bank. It's still money in the bank. It's not your money. So what's the point in talking about Prajna that, that is, that is from someone else's teachings. You have to understand Prajna yourself. That's what matters. Like you, you, the money is in your bank account. Not in uh, in uh Vicki's account.
PROPOSED TOPIC #4
So what do you do? I think what you are driving at, Shana, is that what do you do about these sholars that keep on giving you these, these big words and, and, and quoting people. Uh, ... Right? None of our business. They talk, they talk, uh, uh whatever they want to talk. Whatever they choose to do with their lives is their business. Okay. Uh, uh, ... Don't make the mistake of trying to tell someone something when they didn't ask for it. So, that's that's what I learned when I, when I started teaching. And I ... my, my teacher never taught me how to teach. But the one thing I learned very early in my teaching career is that, there's so many people who think they understand. They are knowledeable. They know about books. They know about concepts. But they don't understand the meaning of the words. And you can't. You don't want to correct them. You wait until they ask you. Then you, you say ... Otherwise, you shut up. Okay. To me, that's respecting. That's true respect for them. Does it make sense? Okay. It's not up to us to tell others what to do. They have, if they have the need, they will ask for it. They don't have a need, what's the point.
PROPOSED TOPIC #5
What happen is that, in Buddhism, the scholars knows about the words, know about the Sutras, the scriptures. But, their heart is, hasn't penetrated the scriptures, yet. Okay. So, they, they only understand the words. Okay. But they haven't become the words, yet, themselves ... When you become the words (Filler words) I explain it to you, describe to you as if your mind has no attachment whatsoever. Okay. So, so you may talk about emptiness all you want. I've seen so many scholars, too many people who, who study the scriptures their entire lives. And, and they have so many attachment in their hearts. Okay. That's why they don't understand emptiness. They only understand the words. But they don't. They haven't realize emptiness in their heart, yet. Okay. It's not about yes or no. Yes or no, it doesn't mean anything. Is that clear? It's about your attachments. When your heart has no more attachments. Okay? Then you understand emptiness.
PROPOSED TOPIC #6
When in your heart, you ask yourself. When you uh, still have attachment in your heart, then it's proof right there, you just proved to yourself that YOU don't understand emptiness. She says now you are alive you have a, you have a lot of attachments. When you die, uh, everything becomes empty. Not true. Not so true. Not true at all. Doesn't work like that. Not true at all. This is not, this is, this is externalist teaching. Master Hsuan Hua disciple should not be talking like that. It's deviant. After you die, you carry your attachments to the next body. That's what you do. Okay? That's what you do. Okay. A good bunch of it goes to the next body. Do not ever assume. Yes Alison. Ah, there you go. If. Do not ever assume that after you die everything returns to emptiness. It's, that's nonsense. That's deviant knowledge. When you die, you carry all your karmas, all your attachments, you pass it on to the next body. All of it. [silence] Okay. That's why. ... That's why you can never assume that, ... to die is ... resetting. It's not true.
PROPOSED TOPIC #7 - Part 1
My question is: Can emptiness be found? Hmm? See. This is what happens you know, when people lecture on uh, on uh, lecture on the dharma, they talk about concepts. Okay. They talk about. Uh, they build these vocabulary and they talk about a lot of concepts that no one understand. The difference is that, I feel that for the, for the modern times, we need to talk Buddhism from the aspect of your heart. Not in the aspect of concepts. Because we don't need to read books. We can read books. You can read it on your own, you don't need to come to the temple. Okay. You come to the temple, I point out to you where your heart is.
PROPOSED TOPIC #7 - Part 2
What's the matter with you? What does it mean I'm looking for emptiness? What does it tell you? Wrong start. I Ego. Ego. Ego. It's a, it's an attachment. Hmm? That would be an attachment. If you are looking to obtain something. If you are looking something. Shame on you. (laughter) It's terrible. You've been following me for years and you can't even give me the answer. If you are looking aren't you having an attachment somewhere? As long as you have the attachment, how can you experience emptiness?
PROPOSED TOPIC #7 - Part 3
The trick is to find out what she's doing that prevents her from seeing the emptiness. From Uh, what attachment she has that prevents her from seeing the emptiness.
PROPOSED TOPIC #7 - Part 4
If you are attached to your knowledge, you cannot experience emptiness.
PROPOSED TOPIC #7 - Part 5
Even, even looking for emptiness is not okay. Okay. It's very detrimental.
PROPOSED TOPIC #8 - Part 1
What does it mean you have no more attachment? You don't give rise to afflictions anymore. Okay? Is that clear? See. Any questions? Is that clear? When you have no attachments. Then you cannot be afflicted anymore. It's not possible anymore for you to be afflicted.
PROPOSED TOPIC #8 - Part 2
Is it, when you have no attachments, or no ego?
PROPOSED TOPIC #8 - Part 3
What is the difference between having no attachments and having no ego? Hmm? Anyone? Yes sir? Kind of the same because there's no self to be attached to. Kind of the same? Can you be specific? Is it the same or is it kind of the same? Is it the same or it's not the same? It's the same. It's the same. Are you sure? I think so. You think so. (laughter) So much pressure. It is the same. It's the same thing. Why is it the same? Hmm? No self to be attached. Yeah. Who is attached? Okay. If you have no attachment. Then there's not even an attachment to a self. Right? Yes? All right? Uh, it's very, very difficult to do.
PROPOSED TOPIC #9 - Part 1
Isn't there a difference between, uh, ego and attachment in that If you are attached to money, that would be ego because it's for your own good. Whereas, if you still love your children That, that attachment isn't the same as other attachments. Are there different Okay. different levels of attachments? Okay. She's saying basically, If I'm attached to money, I'm not very proud of it. But I'm paraphrasing. I'm paraphrasing her. If I'm attached to money, it's not something to ride home about? But I'm attached to children, it's okay. Yes? [laugther] Is that what you mean? Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. Basically, the nameless person here. (laughter) Says ... okay. You got that? Is it okay to attach to children? What do you think? This is, this is a fundamental question. It's so, it's such an important question that no one dares to ask.
PROPOSED TOPIC #9 - Part 2
My point here. My point here is that Is that, you only need to eat You only eat when you need to Yes? Yes? Same thing with love. Same exact thing. Love is just a desire. Okay. You love your children. But there are times during the day where you really don't think about loving your children, do you? Yes? True? Yes. Huh? If you think about loving your children all day long, you are dead already. They will afflict you to death. Yes? So when you think about it. Look at, at yourself. You only love your children at certain points of time during the day only. Hey children, I know, it's, it's, uh, bad news for you, but ... Do you see my point? You see where I'm, I'm going, I'm driving at? Hmm? Same thing. It's normal for us to love our children, so those love thoughts arise. But the rest, in between those thoughts, what happens to us? What are you thinking? Nancie, what are you thinking of? Huh? Huh? What are you thinking of? If between those thoughts of love for your parents, for your children, for your husband, and so forth? Hmm? What happens to us? You only have to experience no attachment in between those. That's giving rise to proper Prajna. That's wisdom right there. Therefore, I just proved to you that even a mother who loves her children can still have wisdom. (applause) Please, please, please (applause) Isn't that wonderful? (laughter) Please, please, please (laughter) Isn't that cool? So, it's okay to love our children. But there's a time to say I don't love you. (laughter)
PROPOSED TOPIC #10
These people, These, these Arhats, unlike us, They don't have commitments to the family, to others, like we do. We have attachments ourselves. Yes? That's why we're here. You have a You must have attachments before you can come here. That's the given. Okay. Uh, but these people are something else. They, they don't have no attachment. They don't have children. They don't (excuse me) They don't have temples. They don't have money. They don't care about anything. They actually see emptiness. They live in emptiness. These are, these are very superior people. Unlike us. We have so many afflictions. Yes? Okay. We have too much love. Okay. But these people ... don't have such attachments. (...) They are empty. Okay. They live in the mountains. They live in the valleys. They have no attachment whatsoever. They have blessings. They, but they are unaware of true emptiness. This is a fact. That's because, because of the way their practice is. They don't ever experience true emptiness. Hmm. Never see it. They can practice until the day they die. They will not see true emptiness. This is what the Sixth Patriarch is saying. See the difference between them and us is that We have afflictions. But we are on the path to seeing true emptiness. What happen is that, It's much easier to reach true emptiness with attachments than without attachments. This is a secret.
PROPOSED TOPIC #11
This is the hidden message that the Sixth Patriarch was telling these people. Hey, you hide in the valleys, hide in the mountains, you practice you think it's cool? I used to think like that too. I thought my ideal is to Go find a house, find a place where I sit there and mediate all day. I have no attachments. Guess what? Yeah You'll see emptiness. But, you don't know about true emptiness. It's a very powerful message. And it has to be spelled out. You read this and people read this a hundred times They don't understand the message. (silence) Okay. This is what happen to these people These Theravadins These Hinayana people. They specialize in reducing attachments. They see emptiness. They give up love. Okay. They forsake the family. They forsake their wives. They forsake their brothers. They forsake their parents. And they experience no attachments whatsoever. Because of that, they don't see true emptiness. Yes sir? That's right. What happen is that these people when they go to the mountain and they abandon the family and they practice the I want to cut off all these attachments Okay. They ... What happens to them and what they don't realize is that Imperceptibility they experience this bliss that's so wonderful. That they said. OMG, this is even better than sex. Okay. Never experience like anything like this before. Okay. For worldly people, sex is the highest pleasure. I be blunt with you. And these people get to these level. It's much better than sex. They say, "Oh, wow. Oh, this is so wonderful." And they are stuck on that. Because they weren't taught it's even better than that down the road. [Vietnamese]
PROPOSED TOPIC #12 -- PART 1
Do we have to experience emptiness before we experience true emptiness? Or? Very good. Excellent.
PROPOSED TOPIC #12 -- PART 2
The, uh, answer is Depends on your dharma door. If you practice the gradual teaching Okay. Gradual teaching. Then you have to go through emptiness before you experience true emptiness. All right? If you experience If you practice the sudden, uh, enlightenment. Okay. Uh, then, uh, you don’t necessarily have to go through emptiness. You can go, You can leap to, uh, To confusion to true emptiness right away. It’s possible. Because of the Dharma. Okay. But, practically speaking it doesn’t quite work like that. It's only theory. So I'm giving you the theory part.
But, let me tell you.
If, whoever repeats this to you,
you say, "No it's not true."
PROPOSED TOPIC #13
It’s not true. Even when you experience, uh, sudden enlightenment, you still have to go thru emptiness first. But you go so fast. Okay. (Filler words) The usual people go climb, climb, climb, climb, climb emptines and then climb, climb, climb true emptiness Okay. (Filler words) But when you do (Filler words) Sudden (Filler words) practices. You can leap. But you see, even when you leap here. You still need to go through emptiness. See that? Physically, you have to go thru it. But it’s so fast. It doesn't count. Split seconds. Pew, pew, pew, pew, pew then you're done. All right? So practically. (Filler words) In realistic terms, you need to all go thru emptiness. So, prac, in practical terms you need, all need to go through emptiness. The only difference between sudden enlightenment and gradual enlightenment, Grad, gradual teaching is that uh, the, is in the difference. The time you stay at emptiness. Okay?