The recitation of sutras is aimed at understanding the meaning of the sutras. The sutras expressed in spoken or written form are the means of communicating the meaning of the Buddha’s teachings to the disciples of sentient beings. The meaning of the Dhamma is the ultimate goal of reading and chanting sutras.
The metaphor Finger pointing to the moon explains the distinction between sutras and ideas: Buddha used his finger to point at the moon for his disciples to see. Fingers are a means, a sutra left for posterity. The moon is the object of the show, the saving mind of the Buddha.
The realization of the moon saves the sight of disciples of sentient beings. Wise people see the moon, that is, receive the Dharma transmitted by the Buddha; People who are confused focus on the Buddha’s finger even though with all their reverence, believe that the Buddha’s finger, or the sutra, is the true Dharma transmitted by the Buddha. This metaphor instructs readers to recite Buddhist scriptures to rely on the sutras to realize the meaning of the sutras, and through the means of language and text to integrate the Dharma.
Another metaphor explaining the same content is the advice to cross the river, leave the raft behind. The river is the separation of the two banks, making them not connected. This shore, called Bo Me, represents the position of those who are still ignorant and ignorant and have not yet recognized the Truth. The other shore, called Ben Giac, represents the position of the enlightened person who understands the Truth. The raft carrying people across the river from Bo Me to Ben Giac represents the methods practitioners have believed and practiced. The raft is a means of carrying passengers across the river from one side to the other. When landing on the other side, the pedestrian leaves the raft to continue the journey until the destination is Liberation, self-realization and forgiveness of others, The Dharma doors are the means, Rescue is the end, the ultimate goal to be concerned about achieving.
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Therefore, well-learned people need to leave the dharma-doors when they have attained to continue the path of Liberation. When you have arrived at the Enlightenment port, that is, you have attained the methods of practice that have taken so long to practice, the yogis feel happy, easily generate pride, and accept the methods of possession and misunderstand that it is the end, the way to Solution. exit. This is the case of a conceited monk, who has just attained a number of methods that have misunderstood that Bodhi fruition, Buddha. The reason is that the meditator has not completely cleansed his mind of the subtle defilements of both greed and delusion. It is said that it is greedy because it is still eager to quickly attain Buddhahood and enter Nirvana, and it is said that it is delusion because it is not wise to realize that it has only gone a few stages and believes that it is going to the end of the path of Liberation.
A specific metaphor from real life clarifies the topic from sutras to sutras and limits the content of the article, which is transporting food by truck. Food considered as the content of the Mind Sutra, the Dharma, is a nutritious spiritual food that is used to nurture the innate True Mind that is inherently good in the disciples of sentient beings. The truck is the sutra or the written word when reading the sutra or the voice when listening to the sermon. The place to send is the Buddhas and the messengers of the Tathagata who are in charge of teaching the Dharma and preaching the sutras. The place to receive is the ten directions of disciples.
The article presented is limited to food delivery, not shipping. It is the reception of the sutras and the integration of the mind sutras of Buddhist practitioners.
1. No self-truth, no true Dharma speech
This is a warning sentence for those who keep the sutras and practice Buddhism: The True Sutra is the True Dharma that cannot be described in words or words. The sutras are tangible means of communication whose forms can be seen with the eyes and heard with the ears. The Mind Sutra, the True Sutra or the Dharma, is the ultimate communication, invisible and formless, without form, and without sound, so it cannot be received by the eyes or ears. The reception and integration of the sutras in the brain, in wisdom or reason, Buddhism is called the wisdom of those who read the sutras or listen to the sutras. The imperfection of the organs of vision, the organs of hearing is evidenced in ordinary everyday speech: speaking, eating two bowls of rice, the listener understands the meaning of eating two quantities of rice, each amount of rice contained in the bowl. .
If they cling to the words, the unwise listener will understand that they eat two bowls, each containing rice. This example sounds ridiculous to the ear, but it clearly explains the content of the No-Self-Truth Sutra, without saying the Dharma. The way of saying eating two bowls of rice sounds ridiculous because no one is confused like that, the bowl and the grain of rice are both tangible tangible objects with form. In the case of the Chan Sutra, it is difficult to distinguish the difference from the scriptures, words or words because the True Sutras of the Dharma are an entity (the real thing) but invisible without form.
The same is true of the food truck metaphor. The vehicle and the food are both tangible tangible objects while the sutras are tangible, the mind sutras are invisible. Using metaphor is a reluctant means of interpreting an inexplicable object truthfully, accurately, and completely in writing or speech. Buddhists call this usage a form of Lying into the nature, acting as leaving the Dharma sign to realize the Dharma nature, which means leaving the outward manifestation of the phenomenon is the sutra to realize the content of the hidden essence. The sign inside is the sutra. (to be continued)