【亲近善知识 Relying on The Excellent Teacher】亲近胜利者 The benefits of relying on the teacher P19
日常师父法语 21A 21’20”手抄稿第三册 P155LL6
21A 21’20” Vol 3 of Master Jih-Chang’s Discourse P155LL6
English Lamrim Vol 1, P88
【The benefits of relying on the teacher】
【Also, the Garland of Birth Stories states:
Any intelligent person should not be distant from excellent beings and should rely on these virtuous beings in a disciplined manner. Once you are close to them, particles of their good qualities will stick to you automatically. 】
What is “a disciplined manner”? We would in general say – ethical discipline, ethical discipline. To use a broad definition of this, it means all of Buddha’s teachings. To use a strict definition of this, it means ethical discipline. The disciplining as implied in the broad definition begins with ethical discipline. Why do we practice the Dharma? That is because our actions/behaviour are defiled. They are all non-virtuous. They all go along with our own preferences; I think it's this way, I like it that way, and I want it that way because that suits my taste. I am sorry, these are all defiled and tainted. Now that you have the correct understanding, when a thought rises, you would think, "Ah, this is wrong! This is going along with my view. This is going along with my afflictions, either afflictions of the emotions or afflictions of the view – afflictions of the view are my views and afflictions of the emotions are attachment, hostility, ignorance, pride and so on. When you have a correct recognition and understanding, and overcome it, this is called disciplining. This is exactly ethical discipline, exactly ethical discipline. The true characteristic of ethical discipline isthis! But how did you come to know this? How did you come to know this? We would usually think that we are of course within reasons, so how would you know that‘I’ is wrong? You will absolutely not know without the guidance of a teacher!