【修持轨理 The Meditation Session】归依发心 Going for refuge and developing the spirit of enlightenment
日常师父法语 22B 18’50”手抄稿第三册 P208L3
22B 18’50” Vol 3 of Master Jih-Chang’s Discourse P208L3
English Lamrim Vol 1, P94
【The Meditation Session】
【absorb yourself in the practices of going for refuge and developing the spirit of enlightenment.】
Next is about going for refuge and developing the spirit of enlightenment. To go for refuge and to develop the spirit of enlightenment are two things.
Whether it is going for refuge or developing the spirit of enlightenment, how do you carry it out? Pay attention to this sentence here! You need to "absorb yourself in the practices" in continuum, and you must be determined to do so! What is continuum? Body and mind, it is our bodies and minds. Why does it say "absorb"? Or what is absorption? We now say that, "We go to the Buddha for refuge and we will not fall into hell. We go to the Dharma for refuge and we will not fall and become hungry ghosts. We go to the Sangha for refuge and we will not fall and become animals." We just read through it. May I ask then, is this way of going for refuge considered absorption? Can you absorb your body and mind in this? There is no absorption. You can absorb the mouth and ear in this kind of practice. So the past masters tell us, this would be a kind practice that calls for only the few inches between the mouth and the ears. Then they go on to say something that is very interesting, "How does a practice that is only few inches between the ears and mouth compliment a body that is seven feet tall?" Our body could be as tall as seven feet. Though your ears heard this, and your mouth only chanted these few words, these few words cannot bring any real benefit to your body and mind.