True Buddha Dharma-character Treasury - Prajnaparamita
|On Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, 3:00pm, at Taiwan Lei Tsang Temple, True Buddha School Dharma King Living Buddha Lian-sheng Sheng-yen Lu will preside over a Prajnaparamita Homa Ceremony and bestow empowerment for the Prajnaparamita Uncommon Practice followed by the discourse of 'Lamdre.' (Live Webcast Link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSonbYoE-ip1YaYOVEAu8jw/live or https://tbsec.org/%E6%B3%95%E6%9C%83%E7%B7%9A%E4%B8%8A%E7%9B%B4%E6%92%AD/English )
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【Prajnaparamita Mudra (Prajna Scripture Mudra) :】
With the hands held horizontally, place the right palm facing down on top of the left palm facing up. Close the palms together like a scripture and place them in front of the navel.
【Prajnaparamita Seed Syllables :】
Bang (yellow in color)
【Prajnaparamita Mantra :】
【Prajnaparamita Dharmalakṣaṇa Brief Introduction】
Prajnaparamita wears a celestial maiden crown, celestial garments, and layers of skirts. She is adorned with earrings, bracelets, and pearl necklaces. She appears stately and dignified. One pair of hands form the Amitabha Meditation Mudra. Another right hand holds a gold nine-pronged vajra scepter while another left hand holds a Prajnaparamita Sutra.
【Living Buddha Lian-sheng Sheng-yen Lu Dharma talk - Prajnaparamita Background and Key Cultivation Formula】
Prajnaparamita is the highest figure of all buddha mothers. Moreover, all buddhas originally emerge from Prajnaparamita Buddha Mother. While in the human world, Shakyamuni discoursed the Prajnaparamita Sutra. The essence of the Prajnaparamita Sutra is condensed into the Vajracchedika Prajnaparamita Sutra or what is commonly called the Diamond Sutra. The essence of the Prajnaparamita Sutra is contained in the Diamond Sutra, and the essence of the Diamond Sutra is further condensed into the Heart Sutra. The Prajnaparamita Sutra, the Diamond Sutra, and the Heart Sutra are therefore just one series. The ''Prajna Dharma'' is Shakyamuni's second turning of the dharmachakra.
All buddhas emerge from the Prajnaparamita Sutra, the second turning of the dharmachakra. So the highest buddha mother of the ''Prajna Practice'' is Prajnaparamita Buddha Mother. She is the Buddha Mother from whom all buddhas emerge. She has tremendous dharma power and bestows infinite, unlimited wisdom.
In Shakyamuni's three turnings of the dharmachakra, the first turning of the dharmachakra is Hua-yen's emptiness. The second turning of the dharmachakra is the Prajna's emptiness. The third turning of the dharmachakra is the ''discrimination emptiness'' of ''Consciousness-only.''
Prajnaparamita Buddha Mother is the highest of all Buddha Mothers, the ultimate Buddha Mother. With this wisdom one is able to reach the other shore. Shakyamuni Buddha had supreme wisdom. All buddhas have supreme wisdom for they have accomplished the state of buddhahood and only those with great wisdom can become buddhas who have reached enlightenment.
''Maha'' means ''great.'' ''Prajna'' means ''completely unhindered.'' ''Paramita'' means having reached the other shore. ''Prajna'' is the wisdom of the pristine self-nature, namely, coming and going without hindrance. With this wisdom one is able to reach the other shore.
Prajnaparamita is yellow in color. She wears a celestial maiden crown and has the appearance of a sixteen year old girl. She has four arms with one pair of hands holding the Prajnaparamita Sutra and a vajra sceptre respectively while the other pair of hands form the Meditation Mudra. She looks magnificent.
In Buddhism, there is a saying: ''reincarnation and nirvana are non-dual.'' Why are reincarnation and nirvana non-dual? This is namely the wisdom of prajna. This is the origin of Prajnaparamita Buddha Mother. She holds a Prajnaparamita Sutra and an indestructible vajra scepter while forming the Meditation Mudra with her other two hands. She is in meditation. Her mudra is the Prajna Scripture Mudra, This mudra is formed by placing the right palm on top of the left palm and closing the palms together.
In Vajrayana, ''Buddha Mother'' stands for ''wisdom.'' In fact the Prajnaparamita Sutra is called the Buddha Mother Sutra.
Buddha Mother is the ''mother of wisdom'' from whom all wisdom emerges. All buddhas, in fact, emerge from the Buddha Mother.
Here are the signs of wisdom:
To sum up:
''Buddha Mother'' stands for ''wisdom,'' ''wisdom'' stands for ''emptiness,'' and everything emerges from ''emptiness.''
The ''Buddha Mothers'' of Vajrayana help practitioners attain:
bliss, luminosity, liberation, and bodhi of buddhahood.
An infinite number of buddhas have emerged from an infinite number of ''Buddha Mothers.''
Prajnaparamita holds the highest position. She is the source of wisdom, a buddha. She is an awakened, enlightened, and supreme Buddha Mother.
Nairatmya, Wrathful Buddha Mother, Vajra Buddha Mother, Vajravarahi, Dharani Buddha Mother and Prajnaparamita all belong to the same system. That is, these deities all originate, level by level, down from Prajnaparamita. Buddha Mother herself has tremendous power, because all things emerge from ''mother.'' She is called ''mother'' because all things emerge from her.
There are four main elements in Vajrayana cultivation. The first element is visualization. What I just discussed was the sequence of visualization. The second element is mantra recitation: ''Die-ya-ta。om。gei-di-gei-di。bo-re-gei-di。bo-re-sang-gei-di。bo-dhi。so-ha.'' The third element is forming the mudra. When one has completed the mantra recitation and is entering samadhi, that is when you form the Prajna Scripture Mudra, which is the Prajnaparamita mudra. The fourth element is entering samadhi.
The key elements are the descending of Prajnaparamita and the Five Dhyani Buddhas, their transformation into light which enters into the heart of the practitioner, and the practitioner's body filled up completely with nectar. That is to say, from one's crown to the soles of one's feet, to the tips of one's fingers and in every skin pore, the entire body is completely filled with nectar. Every channel and every part of the entire body is filled with nectar. This is the key point. One first visualizes and forms the mudra, followed by reciting the mantra and entering samadhi. One then emerges from samadhi.
Sep. 4, 2010 Dharma Talk - Prajnaparamita, the Highest Figure of all Buddha Mothers
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