【修持轨理 The Meditation Session】第三支悔罪 The Third Branch of Worship, Confession of Sins P6
日常师父法语 23B 02’46”手抄稿第三册 P236LL6
23B 02’46” Vol 3 of Master Jih-Chang’s Discourse P236LL6
English Lamrim Volume 1, P95
【The Meditation Session】
Preparation (5) - Third branch of offering is confession of sins.
So if we truly want to confess, we must know what we have done wrong and regret that. So may I ask all of you, when you confess, do you have that kind of feeling of remorse? Even if you have the feeling of remorse, do you know what you are regretting for? If you do not know, then what kind of confession are you making? At the time you confess for your sins, there must be a standard which tells you what is right and correct. That is when you can weigh your actions against it to make a comparison and realize, "Oh! This is right. This is wrong." It is just like comparing genuine versus fraudulent dollar notes. When you compare with the fraudulent dollar notes, as soon as you compare, it is very obvious. So when you truly confess, you know clearly the correct mental/physical behavior, and distinctly the wrong mental/physical behavior.
Then at that time, you would know, "Ah, if I do it right, there will be so much merit. If I do it wrong, there will be so much harm." Ah! At this time, in your mind, you will feel really miserable and very painful. That is called confession. It is not just about doing the eighty-eight Buddhas Confession and prostrating so many times in a day, and say “Oh-yo! I would prostrate with a certain sutra, prostrating once after every word!” Yes, there is merit in doing [those practices]. You must always remember this - I am not saying this to belittle those [kind of practices]. However, this path is a "roundabout" path. So this is why we will frequently say, many of the merits we obtain from our practice are defiled. When you can do it [i.e. the practice] right, it is why a person can attain Buddhahood in one lifetime. The concepts for that are all here.