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