【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 P10
日常师父法语 22B 00’14”手抄稿第三册 P197L3
22B 00’14” Vol 3 of Master Jih-Chang’s Discourse P197L3
English Lamrim Volume 1, Pg 92
【A summary of the meaning of the previous five parts】
【Thus, after you have understood the benefits and faults as previously explained, reflect on them repeatedly. 】
So we should understand the principles that were explained earlier. Don’t think of it just as principles, these principles are in fact most imminently related to us . If you put it into practice, it will bring you great auspicious benefits. If you don’t put it into practice, it will bring you serious harm. So then why can’t we put into practice even after we’ve understood it? That is because of our latent propensity from beginningless time, this karmic force is very strong. So he tells us this next, what is truly important for us to do? We should "reflect on them repeatedly." The "reflection" is the stream of our karma. Because the stream of karma from our beginningless time is very strong, so even though it seemed great when we listen to the teachings, after we listen, this stream of karma comes back again! So what is the only way you can deal with this? It is that after you listen to it, you reflect on it immediately, observe, analyze and go in depth. That's when it will truly produce effect.