【修持轨理 The Meditation Session】第一支礼敬 The First Branch of Worship, Obeisance P3
日常师父法语 23A 06’54”手抄稿第三册 P220LL5
23AB 06’54” Vol 3 of Master Jih-Chang’s Discourse P220LL5
English Lamrim Volume 1, P95
【The Meditation Session】
Preparation (5) - The first branch is obeisance -【leaving none out. 】
【This verse is a sincere and respectful physical, verbal, and mental obeisance that does not simply conform to what others do. Do not take as your object of meditation the buddhas of a single direction in the universe or of a single time. Rather, take all the conquerors who reside in all ten directions as well as those who have already visited this world previously, will visit here in the future, and are appearing at present. 】
What we are able to accomplish now is to be sincere and respectful. We should know what "conform to what others do" is. What is "conform to what others do"? There are a few ways of doing that. One kind of conforming is when one follows the external objects. When others prostrate, you will follow to prostrate as well. When everyone here is prostrating, you cannot help but to conform. That is the idea. When we go through our morning and evening rituals at the shrine, frequently, ah, we would go in a troubled state of mind. That is when we conform to the external object. Another kind [of conforming] is when there are no external objects and you are prostrating by yourself. However, you mind keeps pursuing afflictions. There is still no concordance. So what would be the correct way? That is when you accord with the teaching and reasons, and prostrate properly. At this time, it would qualify as a clear obeisance. This is the concept.