【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 P13
日常师父法语 22B 04’37”手抄稿第三册 P199LL3
22B 04’37” Vol 3 of Master Jih-Chang’s Discourse P199LL3
English Lamrim Volume 1, P92
【A summary of the meaning of the previous five parts】
【Those whose practice of relying on the teacher was improper in previous lives should achieve an attitude of confession and restraint from the depths of their hearts. Exert yourself in the practice of those teachings for which you are suited as a recipient, and repeatedly contemplate the complete qualifications of your teachers. Make many aspirational prayers and accumulate the collections of merit and sublime wisdom as causes for having such a teacher to look after you until you attain enlightenment.】
Ah! I wish to attain the unexcelled enlightenment. In order to attain the unexcelled enlightenment, you will have to take this route. This is the aspiration prayer that we should generate now. If you can do this, you have planted the correct cause, and because you have obtained this correct cause, you will obtain the [corresponding] effect in the future. So before you attain the unexcelled enlightenment, you have to continue to strive in this way, work hard on the cause and you will naturally attain the corresponding effect in future. This is what we should truly be busy with now. Once you have planted this cause, then eventually in the future, Manjushri Bodhisattva will also go to the east side of the Buddha city and say, "So and so, this is what you have been seeking [the excellent teacher], what should you do? Fifty three excellent teachers are waiting for you .” They have been waiting for endless eons already, but we weren’t ready. I say this because I think everyone here understands that no Buddha and Bodhisattva are an exception to this. They all want to help us. They have been waiting for us for endless eons but we didn’t meet the qualifications and become suitable recipients for the Teaching. It is not difficult to attain enlightenment in one lifetime. But where is the key? It is here.