True wisdom

Dear brothers and sisters,

We often don’t stay calm before the fools. Fools as liars, betrayers, persons despising others, persons who are dishonest, persons doing stupid things…

We don’t stay calm because to us, a fool differs from a wise man, and ignorance differs from wisdom.

What is the truth?

A fool does not differ from a wise man, and ignorance does not differ from wisdom.

The Heart of Prajna Paramita Sutra say,

When Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva was practicing the profound prajna paramita, he illuminated the five skandhas and saw that they are all empty, and he crossed beyond all suffering and difficulty.

Shariputra, form does not differ from emptiness; emptiness does not differ from form. Form itself is emptiness; emptiness itself is form. So, too, are feeling, cognition, formation, and consciousness.

Shariputra, all dharmas are empty of characteristics. They are not produced. Not destroyed, not defiled, not pure, and they neither increase nor diminish. Therefore, in emptiness there is no form, feeling, cognition, formation, or consciousness; no eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, or mind; no sights, sounds, smells, tastes, objects of touch, or dharmas; no field of the eyes, up to and including no field of mind-consciousness; and no ignorance or ending of ignorance, up to and including no old age and death or ending of old age and death. There is no suffering, no accumulating, no extinction, no way, and no understanding and no attaining.

Because nothing is attained, the Bodhisattva, through reliance on prajna paramita, is unimpeded in his mind. Because there is no impediment, he is not afraid, and he leaves distorted dreamthinking far behind.  Ultimately Nirvana!

All Buddhas of the three periods of time attain Anuttarasamyaksambodhi through reliance on prajna paramita. Therefore, know that prajna paramita is a great spiritual mantra, a great bright mantra, a supreme mantra, an unequalled mantra. It can remove all suffering; it is genuine and not false. That is why the mantra of prajna paramita was spoken. Recite it like this:

Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi svaha!

(A Brief Exposition on Bát Nhã Tâm Kinh, Trần Đình Hoành)

“All dharmas are empty of characteristics.” “Therefore, in emptiness there is no ignorance or ending of ignorance.” No ignorance or wisdom.

“When Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva was practicing the profound prajna paramita, he illuminated the five skandhas and saw that they are all empty, and he crossed beyond all suffering and difficulty.”

When we practice the profound prajna paramita, we see that all things are all empty, and we cross beyond all suffering and difficulty. We are peaceful, full of love and wisdom. The true wisdom.

The true wisdom is the wisdom surpassing duality, surpassing right and wrong, good and bad, love and hate, ignorance and wisdom…

The true wisdom is prajna (the Sanskrist term), or Tuệ, Huệ, or Bát Nhã.

Prajna paramita is Bát Nhã Ba-La-Mật-Đa. Paramita (the Sanskrist term) means “crossing to the other shore”, or “giải thoát” (liberate) or “giác ngộ” (enlightened).

Practicing the profound prajna paramita, we are peaceful, full of love and wisdom. The true wisdom.

Practice the profound prajna paramita.

Have a peace, love and wisdom day.

Phạm Thu Hương

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