【修持轨理 The Meditation Session】第三支悔罪 The Third Branch of Worship, Confession of Sins P4
日常师父法语 23B 00’10”手抄稿第三册 P235L1
23B 00’10” Vol 3 of Master Jih-Chang’s Discourse P235L1
English Lamrim Volume 1, pg 97
【The Meditation Session】
This third branch of worship is confession of sins
The father stole someone’s goat. What should one do? The son needs to keep it quiet. On the other hand, the son stole a goat, the father should keep this as a secret. Eh? So we cannot figure out this one. The reason I say this here is not because I want to go into detail of the principles behind it. But I say this to show you that whether it is a sage by the mundane world's standard or by the supramundane world's standard, this is their stance. So if you feel that you are better than the Buddha, better than Confucius, then you do whatever you want. That is fine. But if you feel that we are amidst ignorance, I am sorry, with the above mentioned concept, you should put a question mark on this first. You need not have to completely repudiate it right away, but you can first look for [the reasons], "Eh, why does he [see it] that way and why do I [see it] this way?" If you can do this, I think then you will be able to change. With this point, we will not go in depth into the topic of confession here. Once we really get to the section of confession, we will particularly emphasize and explain this.
To speak of this formally, when I speak of rejoicing others, if you rejoice the defilements of the mundane world, you will of course increase sins. But if you rejoice the wonderful and uncontaminated teachings/actions, it is marvelous beyond words! In the Ten Great Prayers, the easiest one to practice is to rejoice in others’ good qualities. Currently, we do not seem to rejoice in good qualities but instead rejoice in sins. That is such a pity!