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【The faults of not relying on the teacher】
What are the characteristics of the teaching? At this point, in fact, in many instances, this is what you must ascertain.
The characteristics of the teaching are written on the board here. Everyone can take a look – clarity and serenity. Generally speaking, these terms are interchangeable. But if we want to specifically define these terms, what is clarity? This happens when we try to obtain the wisdoms of study and reflection, we understand the teaching properly and diligently practice it. At that time, the view of the self remains, it has not been eliminated. But if you can follow the teachings and practice as such, that counts as clarity. What is serenity? That is when you have eliminated [the view of the self]! That's when you have obtained serenity. These are the characteristics of the teaching.
When you say you understand it now, what kind of teachings do you understand? You should understand this before you have a real understanding of the teachings. If you consider knowing the words and language to mean that you understand, then this tape or this tape recorder know a lot more than us. Books would know even more than us! This is what we should understand. Just because we hear or read a little of the teachings, we are able to discuss it fluently, we think we understand the teachings. No! These are only the necessary steps required to understand the teachings. The most important point is that after you hear the teachings, you train to purify your defilements, to silence your defilements and afflictions. These are the characteristics of the teachings.