【修持轨理 The Meditation Session】亲近胜利者 The benefits of relying on the teacher P7
日常师父法语 20B 15’00”手抄稿第三册 P135LL2
20B 15’00” Vol 3 of Master Jih-Chang’s Discourse P135LL2
English Lamrim Vol 1, P87
【The benefits of relying on the teacher】
Child of good lineage, the bhagavan buddhas are pleased with bodhisattvas who have engaged in what their teachers teach them. 】
As long as you can listen to what the excellent teacher has told you, "the Bhagavan Buddhas are pleased." What are they pleased with? They are pleased that you will become a Buddha sooner! If you can truly listen to the explications of the excellent teacher and truly put them into practice, of course the Buddhas will be pleased. Therefore true offerings are not just these: cooking a few delicious dishes; oh, you play the Dharma instruments well and you sing the praises well; you provide a meal. For the mundane world things, there’s no need to say that the Buddhas have no desire for our food, even for the deities, ah, they cannot bear the smell of them! The way the heavenly food smells to the Buddha is the way our food smell to the deities. What are true offerings? Practice according to his Teachings; like that. Therefore, just as what we have said earlier, what pleases the Buddha is not the few dishes we put together. What pleases the Buddha is our sincere and respectful "intention" to offer to him! This is what you should know. Hence he is still pleased when we conscientiously do it. We shouldn't say, "Ah! If this is the case, then we don’t need to make anymore offering." Then you will be wrong! When the concept is slightly off... That is, when you have good things to offer, you offer the best. When you don't have anything, you have the most inferior things to offer, you will still offer with utmost respect to play the Dharma instruments, sing the praises and so on. You go through it methodically without making any mistake. Correct.