【修持轨理 The Meditation Session】P2
日常师父法语 23B 19’11”手抄稿第三册 P245L8
23B 19’11” Vol 3 of Master Jih-Chang’s Discourse, P245L8
English Lamrim Vol 1, P98
【The Meditation Session】
【You accumulate the collections of merit and sublime wisdom—the favorable conditions— through performing the five branches of obeisance, offering, rejoicing, imploring, and supplication.】
Oh, so obeisance, offering, imploring, supplication and rejoice - note that "supplication" is asking for the Buddha to stay in this world and so on - these five things are "favorable conditions" for "accumulating the collections of merit and sublime wisdom." Confession is to "clear away the obscurations, which are unfavorable conditions."
【Through confession you clear away the obscurations, which are the unfavorable conditions.】
Confession is supposed to stop your current [mental and physical] behaviors and prevent them from arising again. This is why I had particularly explained this earlier, thatyou must know what you are confessing for. If you do not know, then the root of the illness remains. You have not found the root of the illness and so the treatment will be ineffectual. It is similar to trying to patch up a leak. After looking for the leak at length, you cannot find where it is. So even though you have spent a long time doing this, it will not work. So there is someone we would commonly call a quack doctor, a quack doctor. Regarding this, there was a joke, a story behind this. There was a person who was giving you treatments. You had a blister on your body, and he used some chalk slurry and spread it over your blister. He then powder it up to look like your regular skin and say, "Oh, it is fine now, it is fine now!" Would this work? Not at all! The root of the illness remains! This is how we have done our confessions. We just want it to appear good externally. "Ah, we have powdered it up, powdered it up. No more problem now!" However, the root of the illness remains and it will only get worse! Hence in this case, you will not be able to clear away your obscurations.