【修持轨理 The Meditation Session】第四支随喜 The Fourth Branch, Rejoicing
日常师父法语 23B 07’43”手抄稿第三册 P239L5
23B 07’43” Vol 3 of Master Jih-Chang’s Discourse P239L5
English Lamrim Vol 1, P97
Preparation (5) – The fourth branch is rejoicing
【The next verse expresses the fourth branch of worship, rejoicing: I rejoice in all merit, whatever it may be, Of all the conquerors of the ten directions, conqueror's children, Pratyekabuddhas, those with more to learn, Those with no more to learn, and all ordinary beings. "Rejoicing" means to remember the benefits of the virtues of these five types of persons,159 and then to cultivate delight in them as a poor person would with a discovered treasure. 】
This rejoicing, "the ten directions…." I cannot remember it all of a sudden. Do you remember it? This is the rejoice branch, 【Lights of the world in the ten directions who have reached buddhahood, which is without attachment,… 】 This is it. It includes the five types of persons. Yes, it is right. This is rejoicing. So then the branch of rejoicing, which below will tell us more. At this place, it may seem as if rejoicing is done towards the external objects only. In actual fact, it includes us too. We can rejoice ourselves and others. Of course you would rejoice in the Buddha, Bodhisattvas and so on, but when you have done something right, you need to rejoice too. This is marvelous! When you do something wrong, you will confess. When you do something right, you will rejoice. So at any given time, there is nothing more than doing something right or wrong. There is no such time when you are doing something that is neither right nor wrong. There is no such thing. There is no neutral ground.
When you are muddled and dull-witted, in the midst of ignorance, this is a time of acting wrong. Even though it may seem ethically neutral, but wasting and losing [values which may be gained] your life is a mistake. Therefore, you can be accumulating merit, or confessing your karmic obscurations at all times. You can also add on the rejoicing to the accumulated merit or the confession of karmic obscurations. Thus at any time, at least you can obtain these two complete good qualities.