佛學講座 - 佛學問答(English) - Is Buddhism too deep for the average mind? How can bodhi be realized like a bodhisattva?
Is Buddhism too deep for the average mind? How can bodhi be realized like a bodhisattva?

 

Most people regard Buddhism as too deep for understanding. Like,

what did it mean by the Buddha saying: ' I, within the span of 49 years,

did utter not a word.' ? The Buddha having worked for 49 years,

preaching on 300 plus occasions, and leaving innumerable texts

assembled, how could he have not said a single word?

Diamond Sutra states:

‘All forms there be

Are but nonexistent.’

Also:

‘Hence all things equal,

No differences exist.’

That is to say, none such principles are there in the reality of the world.

All of the categories of reality in what is said to confine them are void.

The 260-character Heart Sutra in its entirety encapsulates the real

truth. The form of all things being void appears through nonexistent

five skandhas, nonexistent six indriyas or sense-organs, nonexistent

six gunas or qualities produced by objects and sense-organs, and

nonexistent sixth consciousness. Further, even methods of practice

like the four noble truths of the three vehicles and twelve nidanas

of the two vehicles cease to be, and both the Mahayana wisdom and

attainment need not be such that, having entered the absolute realm

of nonattainment, the evil, nonvirtuous method and leaking virtue

become purified and the absolute void. A bodhisattva abiding by the

cultivation and learning of prajna paramita is bound for realization of

the great bodhi. (Source: Material in this segment is extracted from

the author' s writing for Buddhism in Hong Kong, issue 427.)