【亲近善知识 Relying on The Excellent Teacher】亲近胜利者 The benefits of relying on the teacher P22
日常师父法语 21A 27’23”手抄稿第三册 P158L4
21A 27’23” Vol 3 of Master Jih-Chang’s Discourse P7LL6
English Lamrim Vol 1, P89
【The benefits of relying on the teacher】
For the most part, we are in great danger of becoming like a worn animal skin. Just as when you drag a worn skin over the ground, debris sticks but good coins do not, so it is that if you rely on teachers only occasionally their good qualities do not stick to you but each slight fault does. Therefore, to be successful, rely continuously on your teachers. 】
This says that we are in danger of becoming like a worn animal skin. What happens to a worn animal skin? When we drag a worn animal skin, a worn animal skin on the ground...the clothes that we wear normally are alright. But if it is torn at the bottom, the bottom part would drag on the floor. As a result, as it drags over the ground, wherever it goes, it will pick up debris from the ground. (Translator note: please note that in the Chinese Lamrim, it does not mention animal skin, but clothing that is worn out which will be dragged on the ground). The living condition now is better for us, there are tiled flooring. It is swept clean. But if we go to the countryside, the dirt on the ground, cow's faecal matters, all kinds of junk. Wherever you go, these things will stick to you. Good things will not stick to you at all. Good things will not stick to you at all. So this is the same for us now. The good qualities of the excellent teacher cannot stick to you, but each slight fault does.