【修持轨理 The Meditation Session】前行 Preparation P4
日常师父法语 22B 15’15”手抄稿第三册 P206L3
22B 15’15” Vol 3 of Master Jih-Chang’s Discourse P206L3
English Lamrim Volume 1, P94
【The Meditation Session】
【Preparation: Therefore, (1) clean well the place where you are staying, and neatly arrange the representations of the Buddha's body, speech, and mind.】
That is to purify the place and arrange the holy symbols. We clean up the place (the altar) of the Buddha, making it very clean. Then we arrange the Buddha image(on the altar). This is the first one. With the "representations of the Buddha's body, speech, and mind," the "body" is what we have here, either in the form of a statue or a painting. The "speech" is the sutras (or scriptures). So what is the "mind"? The "mind" is us. Truly, among body, speech and mind, the "mind" indicates personal instructions. The personal instructions from the excellent teacher are offered here. Hence this is equivalent of saying that the "mind" indicates how only the excellent teacher whom you rely on, can transmit to your mind the true essence of the teaching. This is the first one.