The old monk had been reciting sutras and chanting Buddhism for more than 50 years, but he still had not achieved enlightenment. Not only was he ashamed, but he also had some terror in his heart: if he died in old age without attaining enlightenment, he would still be in hell if he had to carry so many debts from the offerings. The more the old monk thought about it, the more uncomfortable he became, so he stopped reading the sutra, put down the book, and resigned from the temple.
The old monk went to reclaim the wasteland, playing a farming Zen, self-cultivation, and self-sufficiency, and peace of mind to live a real life of crops. One day the old monk went to hoe the field, hoeing half a day tired waist can not get up, the heart can not help but be angry with themselves: you useless people, hoeing day when the noon, sweat drops under the earth, who knows this monk, read all the hard work?
The old monk seems to be punishing himself, digging the hoe very deep, pulling a hoe sweat flowing straight down, looking at the last monopoly will hoe to the head, only to hear a bang, sparks. The old monk dug into a stone, and could not help but be shocked. He wanted to dig the stone out and throw it away, but the stone seemed big. He reversed the hoe, "bang bang peng" knocked the stone a few times, the hoe ba with all the pieces of soil fell, in the sun's strong shine, the hoe knife flashed a few bright lights...... old monk enlightenment!
Yes! Life will often encounter adverse fates, this stone is the degree of your ah! You can not throw it away, to accept it intact, as long as you embrace it, and it blends into it it has a great use, can not knock off the mud, let the hoe knife become bright and shiny? Stones, are sometimes more useful than mud! Mountains, rivers, and earth are everywhere the Buddha, all human worries can be instantly transformed into bodhi.
The old monk really came across the stone Prajna, and his heart was filled with the warm joy of gratitude, and he finally found his original freedom instantly. From then on, he had no more worries, no more shame, no more terror, no more complaints, no more temper ...... life is complicated, everything is such a subtraction, life is like a big stone, knife by knife, those useless things finely carved away, the Buddha just like that appeared! The stone is originally the Buddha, and all beings are Buddhas, all without appearance. All beings are Buddhas, all without appearance. Prajna Paramita is the mother of Buddha!
Manjushri said in the Mahabharata Paramita Sutra: "If you can see the Buddha as such. The mind does not take anything and does not take anything. It is neither accumulation nor non-accumulation. For the sake of all sentient beings, I see the Buddha. But the mind does not take the appearance of sentient beings. To transform all sentient beings into nirvana. And does not take the appearance of nirvana. To develop great majesty for all sentient beings. But the mind does not see the appearance of majesty. To have no dwelling. That is, dwelling in Prajna Paramita. When one abides in Prajna Paramita in this way. are all good roots. How do they grow and how do they diminish? To hear the profound Prajna Paramita. One is not frightened, not terrified, not confused, not repentant. I know that this person is seeing the Buddha.
The Buddha has no appearance, the Buddha has no appearance, sentient beings have no appearance, nirvana has no appearance, and the mind does not see the appearance of majesty, with no appearance of abiding, that is, abiding in Prajna Paramita. The mind does not see the appearance of solemnity. How to achieve all the no-phase, no-self is everything no-phase, no-self is everything no-gain, everything is originally there, all no-gain. If the old monk can have nothing and let go of everything, he has found the original nature as it is, that is, to live in Prajna Paramita. Without the external false appearance, he is free from worries, and if he can see himself as a bodhisattva, he can keep his mind warm and happy, which is great freedom.
Why is it useless for an old monk to recite sutras? Because he did not recite it to himself, he recited it to the outside, so the mind is invoked by the karma of worries, he naturally can not be at ease. There is a very useful word, called listening to meditation. The sutra chanting is to listen to the meditation, listening to meditation is to look at their nature as the Buddha, the view of their mind and the birth of their mind, outside the mind can not be, the mind is not disturbed, the mind is not hindered, no hindrance, so there is no terror.
The old monk had recited so many sutras and had so many worries, so he would later play nong zen, only then would he encounter the stone edge, only then could he become enlightened and break the stone prajna at all times. The true meaning of life is to keep one's mind warm and happy, to view oneself, to see the emptiness of all five aggregates, and to overcome all suffering and misery!