【亲近善知识 Relying on The Excellent Teacher】修信不在身的距离 Training in faith does not depend on physical distance
依师 - 修信不在身的距离
日常师父法语 14A 13'45" ~ 14'32" 手抄稿第二册P188-LL4
14A 13’45” ~ 14’32” Vol 2 of Master Jih-Chang’s Discourse P188LL4
English Lamrim Vol 1 P70
Relying on the Teacher – Training in faith does not depend on physical distance
[How to lead students with the actual instructions]
[A. How to rely on the teacher, the root of the path]
[1. A somewhat elaborate explanation for developing certain knowledge]
I lived in a room next to Dharma Master Rén. In between, there was a small storage room. We would often not speak a word to each other for a few days. This is absolutely true. Even though there was a period of time during each day when we could speak, which was the time that everyone had to come out. Usually, we were not supposed to come out, but during that period of time, we had to come out!
That way of life was very rigid, but I am now very fond of it. After everyone listened to his teaching, we would return to our own rooms. Even after we entered our rooms, we were even quieter as we stayed in the rooms. That was because there were not that many people to begin with! However in your mind, you would feel, “eh, he is next door” just like that; you would feel this in your mind at any point of time. At that time, there would be 2 things in your mind unconsciously : when you feel insecure, he is whom you can depend on; when your mind becomes distracted, he would safeguard you like he is staring at you with wide opened eyes. Eh, you would then naturally collect yourself. It is just like that.