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Grand Master Lu`s Dharma Talk summary on August 15, 2009 (After Saturday Group Practice)

2009-8-15 Ling Shen Ching Tze Temple, Redmond, WA
Grand Master Lu`s Dharma talk (summary) after Saturday Group Practice
聖尊週六同修接續講解六祖壇經
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Translated by: TBTT
Summarized by Ameli Chiang, Proofread by Angela Yeh, Edited by Morgan Chiu
Sources: tbtts.org
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六祖說:「善知識,若欲入甚深法界,及般若三昧者,須修般若行。持誦《金剛般若經》即得見性,當知此經功德無量無邊。」

Virtuous and Knowledgeable Friend, those wishing to enter the extremely deep Dharma realm and the Prajna Samadhi should practice the Prajna. Reciting the Diamond Prajna Sutra shall reveal the Buddha nature. Realize this sutra has immeasurable and infinite merit.

The essence here refers to the 10 Dharma Realms including 4 Holy Realms and 6 Ordinary Realms. The 4 Holy Realms are Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, Pratyekabuddhas and Arhats. And the 6 Ordinary Realms are Heavens, Men, Asura ,Animals, Hell, and Hungry Ghosts.

To enter the extremely deep Dharma realm or the Prajna Samadhi, also known as Right Concentration, you should bring and retain your mind to one place. As I taught in Singapore, the Kalachakra Nine Stages of Meditation is a method to enter Samadhi, to keep your mind concentrated. Through this Right Concentration you will enter the state of purity and isolated tranquility.

The Diamond Prajna Sutra, also known as the Diamond Prajna Paramita Sutra, is derived from the Great Prajna Sutra.

In the Diamond Sutra, there is a well known verse - “All conditioned Dharmas are like a trance, a mirage, a bubble, a shadow. Also like a drop of dew and a flash of lightning. Regard them as so.?In addition, everyone should understand there is \`no notion of self, others, sentient beings and life span.\` This is immense wisdom.

From the Diamond Sutra, Manjusri Bodhisattva grasped the notion of 4 Emptiness - Emptiness of the body, mind, dharma, and nature.

No one in this world knows when one would pass away. Just like many people killed in the August 8th flood in Taiwan. The townspeople had no idea just one day later most lives would be lost. How many of us sitting here today will still be living after 50 or 100 years? This is no notion of self.

True happiness is in cultivation. The ultimate bliss, such as being reborn in the Pureland, is only achievable by cultivation. Honestly, nothing really makes you happy. There is a saying, \`Out of any 10 matters, 8 are unhappy ones.\`

No notion of sentient beings means no Natural World, which refers to this material word. No notion of life span means no time or spatial dimension. These are mentioned in the Diamond Sutra.

Doing meaningful things is practicing Prajna. Like Reverend Lian Zi said, Prajna is plucking weeds, trim bushes and trees, and apply fertilizers. Many do not understand Prajna practice. Grow. Progress. That is Prajna practice. Evolve in your practice of generosity, precept, tolerance, diligence, meditation and wisdom.

Thanks to Lotus Light Charity Society in Taiwan for their hard work to help people affected by Typhoon Morakot. We also thank Acharya Lian Yue for presiding over the Bardo deliverance of those killed in the flood. We’ll attend the fundraising event for Typhoon Morakot Disaster sponsored by the TECRO (Taiwan Economic Cultural Representative Office) in Seattle . We help those affected by this disaster and help them help others. Everyone has to give something. Charity is practicing Prajna.

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