【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 P5
日常师父法语 22A 22’29”手抄稿第三册 P191LL2
22A 22’29” Vol 3 of Master Jih-Chang’s Discourse P191LL2
English Lamrim Volume 1, P91-92
【A summary of the meaning of the previous five parts】
The two persons that I mentioned earlier are both my excellent teachers. I should not learn from this and should learn from that person. I just wanted to mention this informally. So the masters have truly relied on the excellent teachers. This indeed provides the conditions for their attainments. This is what we should learn. The next part tells us this,
【So, if you rely without knowing how, you will not profit, but lose.】
This is if we do not know the principles of how to rely [on the excellent teacher] and you do so, not only will we not benefit, but we will be harmed. This is something with which we should especially take precaution! We should take great precaution on this matter. So, there are many people who would run here and say, "Ah-ya! I am going to study at this Buddhist Institute." If you want to just get a diploma, then don’t come. With the behavior that we just talked about earlier, to muddle around without a purpose, that is even more forbidden! You must understand this concept clearly right from the beginning. For those of you fellow practitioners who are here, I have already said this before to a great number of you. You can come and give it a try here! After you have tried for one to three months, if you feel that it doesn’t work for you, then you want to slowly leave. That is just right. The reason is exactly this. If you don’t do it right, you will not reap any benefits, but instead bring harm to yourself. There is no need to do that!