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【The Meditation Session】
The third branch is confession of sins.
When he asks us to confess, we must first know what confession is? That means to feel regretful for sins we have done in the past, "WAh, why was I so terrible, to have committed such sins!" It is because you feel what you did was wrong previously, then you can speak of confession. Nowadays we would frequently say, "Ah-ya, I am ashamed and embarrassed, I confess!" What are you ashamed and embarrassed about? What are you confessing? You might even feel so proud of yourself, "Hey, I know how to feel ashamed and embarrassed. I know how to confess." That has nothing to do with confession, shame or embarrassment. You speak of shame, embarrassment, and confession with your mouth, but your mind acts contrary to them.
Feeling ashamed and embarrassed is that when you feel you have done wrong, you will restrain and humble yourself. However, we would usually have this problem. When we say we feel ashamed and embarrassed, it is a way of showing that we know what it means to feel ashamed and embarrassed. That is completely just pride and arrogance. These are polar opposites, going opposite direction.