【亲近善知识 Relying on The Excellent Teacher】摄彼等义亲近善知识 A summary of the meaning of relying on the teacher P3
日常师父法语 22A 19’38”手抄稿第三册 P190L7
22A 19’38” Vol 3 of Master Jih-Chang’s Discourse P190L7
English Lamrim Vol 1, P91
【A summary of the meaning of the previous five parts】
Moreover, it is as Chay-ga-wa said, "When relying on the guru, there is the chance that you might give up your guru."
How do you rely? This master tells us very clearly. When you rely on the guru, you need to be cautious and alert, afraid that you have done anything slightly wrong. This is necessary. Speaking of this, I also feel that amongst all students here, everyone can serve as my teacher in many instances. Not just for what I have said earlier, but also in many other instances. One day I was in the room, I heard the telephone ring, and picked it up. I realized that the phone call wasn’t for me, but for someone else. A student immediately asked me, "Ah, who is it for?" He was doing self-studying, but when he heard me... Ah! I really feel that he is my excellent teacher. Even for myself, I really can't be considered [as an excellent teacher]. And here, I can only function like a tape recorder, to tell you once what my teacher has told me. However, in the student's mind, he took it very seriously. Ah, I really felt that he was an excellent teacher to me! What does this explain? This explains that when we truly rely on the excellent teacher, we devote our attention on him at all times. I’ve seen many of the past masters, they indeed practice the so-called the attitude of a dutiful child. Day and night, they will constantly think about how their excellent teachers are and how to serve them. They're afraid of making any slight or small mistake.