【修持轨理 The Meditation Session】亲近胜利者 The benefits of relying on the teacher P13

【亲近胜利者】

【《不可思议秘密经》中亦云:「若善男子,或善女人,应极恭敬,依止亲近承事尊重。若如是者,闻善法故成善意乐,及由彼故成善加行。由是因缘,造作善业。转趣善行,能令善友,爱乐欢喜。由是不作恶业,作纯善故,能令自他不起忧恼。由能随顺护自他故,能满无上菩提之道,故能利益趣向恶道诸有情类。是故菩萨应依尊重,圆满一切功德资粮。」】

像这样来的话,纯粹都是善的,你自己是善的,还有呢?引发你行为的最重要的,什么?你的同伴。因为你自己善了,自然而然你跟那些善友相应。善友也欢喜,你也欢喜他。反过来,对不起,我们欢喜的就是大家高兴,啊!聊聊天、开开玩笑、说说人家闲话——这恶友。所以真正的这个彼此之间,最重要的两个关键就在这里。因为你自己也好,你周围的这个同伴,上面的善知识,当然善知识,然后你的同行的、周围的同行善知识也都是善的,那种情况之下,你不会作恶,都是纯善的。

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日常师父法语 21A 00’38”手抄稿第三册 P145L4

21A 00’38” Vol 3 of Master Jih-Chang’s Discourse P145L4
English Lamrim Vol 1, P88

The benefits of relying on the teacher

And also the Sutra of Showering the Tathagata’s Inconceivable Secret (Tathagatacintya-guhya-nirdesa-sutra) says:

Sons and daughters of good lineage, rely upon, become emotionally closer to, serve, and venerate the guru with great respect. If you do so, your thought will be virtuous through hearing virtuous teachings, whereby your practice as well will be virtuous. Then, through creating virtuous karma and becoming virtuous, you will please your virtuous friends. You also will not bring suffering upon others or yourself because you will not create nonvirtuous karma but will only cultivate virtue. As a result of guarding others and yourself, you will complete the path to unsurpassed enlightenment, and therefore will be able to work for the welfare of living beings who have entered wrong paths. [51] Thus, once bodhisattvas have relied on the guru, they will complete all their collections of good qualities. 

If you can be like this, everything you do is pure virtue and you are virtuous.  What else?  Who exerts the greatest influence over your behavior?  Your companions.  Because you are virtuous, you will then naturally accord with your virtuous friends.  Your virtuous friends will be pleased and you will be pleased as well.  On the contrary, I am sorry, what pleases us and makes all of us happy now?  Ah!  People like to chit chat, kid around, gossip about others – these are nonvirtuous friends.  Hence between the self and the others, the two most crucial points are right here.  Since you are virtuous, so are the companion around you, and above you is your excellent teacher who is definitely virtuous.  Furthermore, your companions and their fellow practitioners are also surrounded by fellow excellent teachers who are also virtuous.  Under such circumstance, you will not create non-virtue, but will only cultivate pure virtue.