【修持轨理 The Meditation Session】正行 - 总共修法 Actual Session – How to sustain the meditation in general P5
【修持轨理】正行 - 总共修法
日常师父法语 24A 08’34”手抄稿第三册 P259LL4
24A 08’34”Vol 3 of Master Jih-Chang’s Discourse P259LL4
【The Meditation Session】【Actual session- How to sustain the meditation in general.】
【That which is known as "meditation" is the act of sustaining an object of meditation and specific subjective aspects163 by repeatedly focusing your mind upon a virtuous object of meditation.
(*See Note 163 in Lamrim Pg 357: In this context, the object's subjective aspect is the guru's being a buddha and your mind's subjective aspect is your faith of conviction that the guru is a buddha.) 】
For instance, we would frequently say, "Ah-ya, do not be attached!" But once you are on the dining table, even if you want to stop your attachment, you cannot. I think we all have this kind of experience. Why? Why? By this time, the subjective aspect [mental action] has grown to be very strong. It has already become very strong. This is why in general, people would say when you want to patch up a hole, do it when it is still small. If you wait until the hole is big, you will not be able to do anything about it. It is the same with the subjective aspects of our minds. When it is still very weak, we could not feel it. But by the time we get to the dining table, it is already very coarse and strong.
Now that I think about this, I realized that was a classic example. The doctor asked him, "What do you like to eat?" He thought about it for a while and his mind was stimulated. When the question entered the consciousness of the ear and entered the consciousness of the mind, the stomach began to "gooloo, gooloo" move. He was really thinking of what he enjoys eating, but at that moment, he was still able to stop [his attachment]. But if you put that particular food in front of him, there may be times when he can still stop himself. However, if this occurred during meal time, then he will not be able to stop himself. This process actually takes place over a very long series of steps. Gradually, we will explain these things very clearly.