【修持轨理 The Meditation Session】亲近胜利者 The benefits of relying on the teacher P15

【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。】

而且世间的所有这种保护,得到了一点小的好处,付出无量的代价;佛法恰恰相反,刚开始做的时候满辛苦的,但是得到真正圆满的保护、究竟的保护。而且得到的最后好的结果,比之付出的代价那个大得太多、太多,换句话说,你虽然修行的时候一点辛苦,可是这个辛苦比之于你的收获是微乎其微。现在我们不懂这个道理,所以贪眼前的便宜,那是害了。真正修行的话,眼前是苦的,但是那个收获是非常地了不起,大而圆满!你能够这样做的话,那是能够圆满无上菩提的道,这个就是你真正的修道了,走上这条道路,步步上升。

所以因为你能这样的话,「故能利益趣向恶道诸有情类」,当然我们现在修行,当然好!你能够这样的话,那些人你才能够帮助他,这个才是真正的弘法利生啊!真正的弘法利生是这样来的,是自利而利他。你自己都做不到,谈什么利益啊?这不是很明白吗?而自己要做到呢,就是像上面。

「是故菩萨应依尊重」,所以真正想修学圆满佛道,要求自利、利他的那些人,这个就是菩萨,决定应该依止这个大善知识。

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日常师父法语 21A 04’09”手抄稿第三册 P147L5

21A 04’09” Vol 3 of Master Jih-Chang’s Discourse P147L5
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. 
 
For all the protections that you get in this mundane world, you obtain a small benefit, with an immeasurable price.  With Buddhism, it is exactly the opposite.  In the beginning, you might feel that it is hard work, but you will receive the most complete protection, an ultimate protection.  In addition, this excellent final result will be much, much greater in value than the effort you put in.  In other words, even though there may be some hardship during your cultivation, but this hardship is very minute when compared to the reward you receive.  Because we do not understand this logic now, so we are greedy for the temporal benefits.  Therein is the harm.  A true cultivation would mean hardship for the present, but the harvest will be incredible, grand and perfect!  If you can practice in this way, you will be able to complete the path of the unexcelled enlightenment.  This is how you train on the path.  You can then walk on this path and advance step by step.