【修持轨理 The Meditation Session】正行 - 总共修法Actual session-How to sustain the meditation in general P14
【修持轨理】正行 - 总共修法
日常师父法语 24A 25’33”手抄稿第三册 P268LL2
24A 25’33”Vol 3 of Master Jih-Chang’s Discourse P268LL2
English Lamrim Volume 1, pg 99
【The Meditation Session】Actual session-How to sustain the meditation in general
【Therefore, from the beginning, firmly determine the definite order and enumeration of whatever objects of meditation you wish to sustain.】
For "the objects of meditation," what is the content required? "Enumeration", this indicates quality (attribute) and quantity (measure). This would encompass all the content [for your objects of meditation]. If the quality (attribute) is incorrect, then there is no point in talking about it. So for this word "enumeration," we can actually say it includes these two things: “quality” which would account for the content and attribute being absolutely errorless and “quantity” which would account for meeting the required measure. Would it suffice to have these two things? It is not sufficient. You will still need the "definite order." Hence for these, you must gain a full understanding in advance, "from the beginning, firmly determine..."
For example, say we are going to cook rice now. It should be simple! To cook rice, of course you would say, "Oh! Today we are going to cook rice so we need rice." You have to get this right. It will not work if you use wheat instead of rice! Even if it is rice, you cannot use un-hulled rice, needless to say others? In Buddhism, you would often hear, "cooking the sands as rice." If the quality (attribute) is wrong, then no matter how big a pot of sand you are cooking, it is useless! Hence the quality of the material has to be correct. Once it is right, you can cook it. Say there are thirty people here. If you cook only one bowl of rice, that is useless! You must have the correct quantity. You cannot have too little. But too much is not good either. Then you still need the order. This has been explained many times before. From the beginning, you must firmly determine these things, determine these things.