【亲近善知识 Relying on The Excellent Teacher】未依过患者 The faults of not relying on the teacher P13
日常师父法语 21B 20’32”手抄稿第三册 P172L4
21B 20’32” Vol 3 of Master Jih-Chang’s Discourse P172L4
English Lamrim Vol 1, P90
【The faults of not relying on the teacher】
【Moreover, if you rely on nonvirtuous teachers and bad friends, your good qualities will slowly diminish and all of your faults will increase. Then everything that is unwanted will develop. Therefore, always avoid them. 】
The section before explains the faults of not relying on an excellent teacher. This section specifically tells us the horrid situation from relying on nonvirtuous friends, nonvirtuous teachers. This matter has two sides to it. Before we actually explain this, we should know a fact – sentient beings have this something special called “sentient”. “Sentient” does not arise from you alone. Sentient is something that is developed together between people. So you absolutely cannot leave the others and live a solitary life. This is not possible. However are there beings like that? There are those who exist in that way in the six realms! For the living beings in the Unrelenting Hell, one lives by himself, all by himself. What else? Also for the beings in the formless realm in the heaven, each is by himself. So for these two kinds of beings, they cannot practice the teachings.