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