【修持轨理 The Meditation Session】第三支悔罪 The Third Branch of Worship, Confession of Sins
日常师父法语 23A 25’44”手抄稿第三册 P231LL5
23A 25’44”Vol 3 of Master Jih-Chang’s Discourse P231LL5
English Lamrim Volume 1, pg 97
【The Meditation Session】
The third branch of worship
【The next verse describes the third branch of worship, confession of sins:
Whatever sins I have done
With body, speech, or mind
Under the influence of attachment, hostility, or ignorance I confess each and every one of them. 】
That is "Whatever sins I have done…..under the influence of attachment, hostility, or ignorance…," this is the verse.
【The nature of sin is that the three mental poisons cause you to use your body, speech, or mind to actually engage in an activity—that is, to do it yourself—or to enjoin someone else to do it, or to rejoice in someone else's having done it. So as to broadly include all of this, the verse says, "Whatever." To confess sin is to recall the faults of your earlier sins and then to regret them. Confess them from the depths of your heart with an attitude of restraint toward future sin. When you do this, you prevent the growth of the sins you did before and discontinue committing them in the future. 】
So the previous branches are those of favorable conditions. This is a branch that prevents unfavorable conditions and also prevents defilements. If you cannot practice this one branch well, then you cannot practice the others well because they will all be defiled with poisons, all will be defiled with poisons. Therefore, this is especially important!