【修持轨理 The Meditation Session】皈投的、依靠的什么？What do we go for refuge and rely on now?
日常师父法语 22B 20’24”手抄稿第三册 P209L1
22B 20’24”Vol 3 of Master Jih-Chang’s Discourse P209L1
English Lamrim Volume 1, pg 94
【The Meditation Session】
Preparation : (4)
What do we go for refuge and rely on now? Things that accord with ignorance, things which concord with ignorance. Normally, foolishness, a blank mind, sleeping is what we go for refuge and rely on. Eating is what we go for refuge and rely on. Chatting is what we go for refuge and rely on. These are things we involve ourselves with. When encountering a bit of unpleasantness, everyone gets into an argument. These are the things. When you truly go for refuge and reliance, you would not want to do any of these things. You will wholeheartedly embrace the Three Jewels. If you are practicing the recitation of the Buddha's name, you will indeed think in this way, "Why would there be any spare time for those things?" This is when your body and mind are truly absorbed in your practice. Therefore, whether it is going for refuge or developing the spirit of enlightenment, you must be determined to make this happen. This is the underlying principle. Now what should you do for taking refuge?
【Imagine that seated in the space before you are the gurus of the vast and profound lineages 】
This is teaching us to imagine (visualize); in the space in front of us, what should you imagine? [Imagine that seated in the space before you are the gurus of the vast and profound lineages] Do so until they are clearly present and they are clearly manifested. Who is clearly manifested? The lineage. The lineage is divided into two parts, one being the "Vast," and the other being the "Profound." One represents methods and compassion. The other represents wisdom. The first one was passed down from Maitreya Bodhisattva to Asanga Bodhisattva and so on. The latter was passed down from Manjushri Bodhisattva to Nagarjuna Bodhisattva and so on. It began with the Buddha who passed [his teachings] to the two Bodhisattvas [Maitreya and Manjushri ]. Then with every transmission thereafter, it went on from one generation to another without any gap until reaching your teacher. Just like that. And your teacher has transmitted the teachings to your body and mind.