【亲近善知识 Relying on The Excellent Teacher】未依过患者 The faults of not relying on the teacher P10
日常师父法语 21B 16’48”手抄稿第三册 P170L4
21B 16’48” Vol 3 of Master Jih-Chang’s Discourse P170L4
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【The faults of not relying on the teacher】
May I ask, we would now listen to the excellent teacher and grumble after, what is the characteristics of your mind then? Isn't this clearly the characteristics of afflictions? Isn't this clearly the characteristics of defilements? And you claim to have understood the teaching. Which part of the teaching did you understand? This is so flawed! There is nothing more flawed than this! When you truly accord a little with the teaching, you would absolutely not find yourself anywhere near this state of mind. Therefore, we should understand that these written texts are not something that you can briefly look over and say, "I understand! I understand!" How can it be that simple? If it is truly that simple to understand, then Buddhism is not valuable at all, and cannot be claimed as a jewel!
I want to particularly emphasize a point here again. Usually, when you feel that you really understand things, these are all characteristics of afflictions, attitudes of pride, arrogance and heated afflictions. It is arrogance when you are trying to compare yourself with others. These are all the causes for one to fall into the miserable realms. When you maintain ethical discipline, you may feel that you do it right and others do not – you are miles apart from the teaching. Once you understand a little, [I think] what I say is correct, what he says is wrong – you are miles apart from the teaching! When you truly accord with the teachings, you will purify this, you will purify your defiled characteristics. Then it would be correct.