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【The faults of not relying on the teacher】
I will say from the positive side of this. When I first started, I lived in the Fu-Yan Center. Then later, because Fu Yan Center was going to have a series of lectures, I moved to Tong Jing Lan Re. At that time, Dharma Master Chang brought me there personally. Dharma Master Chang told Dharma Master Ren, "Dharma Master! This person is quite good [in his practice]. But, his body is a little frail." I am grateful to Dharma Master Ren’s kindness for taking me in. After spending the first night there, when we had breakfast the next morning, Dharma Master Ren said to me, "It seems that your health is not quite well, you should be more careful!" I said to Dharma Master Ren, "Dharma Master! You need not treat me like a patient. I don’t want to treat myself like a patient!" Dharma Master Ren was very receptive to this. The reason that I was able to follow him for so many years and continue to be in his care, was attributed to two major factors. I had told you one of them before and the other was exactly what I just said. I truly feel that way. I have always thought that I cannot treat myself like a patient and I never did see myself as a patient.