【修持轨理 The Meditation Session】亲近胜利者 The benefits of relying on the teacher P10
日常师父法语 20B 22’19”手抄稿第三册 P139LL3
20B 22’19” Vol 3 of Master Jih-Chang’s Discourse P139LL3
English Lamrim Vol 1, P88
【The benefits of relying on the teacher】
【And also the Sutra of Showering the Tathagata’s Inconceivable Secret (Tathagatacintyaguhya-nirdesa-sutra) says:
Sons and daughters of good lineage, rely upon, become emotionally closer to, serve, and venerate the guru with great respect. 】
The meaning of this "good lineage," there are different levels of depth to it. Generally, when we say “Sons and daughters of good lineage”, this is a habitual expression, i.e. to give everyone a good impression. Now we know that, this "good lineage" – this person who has the inclination inherited from former lives to practice the dharma, what are the prerequisites of this type of person? One must have eliminated the three faults of a vessel and possess the six ideas. And, one should even fulfill the requisite characteristics of being a student, the four requisite characteristics of being a student. Only then can one be called the "Sons and daughters of good lineage". Hence this vital point is very important. We would often say even though we have been training in Buddhism, why are we not able to get benefit from it? This is because we do not understand the definition of "good lineage." Or perhaps we should say it in this way, for this "good lineage", to what extent do we have to achieve, before we can listen and receive the teaching? We do not have such preparation, yet, we want to seek for the teachings. Therefore, we will not obtain benefit from it.