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【The faults of not relying on the teacher】
I can still remember this up til now which was something that the very compassionate venerable who is mentioned earlier, had told me. His health was not that good either. Many people have gastric problems. So he asked how we should go about with the gastric problems. What are the signs and symptoms? I was influenced by this. It was deeply ingrained in my mind, because I felt that he had read many books in the field of medicine. However, now I realized something, what is this called? It is to believe in the supremacy of a certain view which will grant you a certain result. This afflicted view of sentient beings is very difficult to uproot! As time went on, I had gastric problems again. So I went to see the doctor. After seeing the doctor a few times, nothing was wrong. But I had already been influenced by the previous ideas. I knew that Chinese medicine gets to the root of the problem whereas western medicine only treats the symptoms. Often, by the time the western doctor diagnoses your illness, it might be too late to treat it. So I kept thinking that even though he cannot find anything now, the root of the problem remains. The doctor said, "You do not need to take medicine." But being self-righteous, I thought that was not the right diagnosis. Since I have this problem for so long, so I took the initiative to buy that certain medicine to consume. I took it for more than a year. Now that my stomach is weak, I realized that I have been greatly affected by that! Usually when we keep thinking that we are sick, that is the source of the harm. Therefore, of course, this is a mundane world matter. But with regard to Buddhism, the same principle applies. We often feel that they are comforting us, helping us but what’s next? The driving force that helps you joyously persevere forward is removed!