【修持轨理 The Meditation Session】正行 - 总共修法 Actual Session – How to sustain the meditation in general P20
【修持轨理】正行 - 总共修法
日常师父法语 24B 04’05”手抄稿第三册 P273L6
24B 04’05” Vol. 3 of Master Jih-Chang’s Discourse P273L6
English Lamrim Volume 1, P100
【Actual Session – How to sustain the meditation in general】
【Without exceeding or falling short of what you have determined, sustain your meditation with mindfulness and vigilance. 】
All the great masters, every one of them had derived the same experiences with no exception. You must know the subjective aspects of every part very well. In addition, you must make all kinds of preparation in advance. By then, you will be able to evoke your mindfulness and vigilance very clear and distinctly. Once you give rise to these [i.e. mindfulness and vigilance], then you will achieve! "Sustain your meditation with mindfulness and vigilance", this is the actual meditation practice. Yes, this is in accordance to the teaching and it is absolutely unmistaken. The text also includes this, "what you have determined." As for what you have determined earlier, you do not want to exceed or fall short. Of course it will not work if you fall short, but it is not desirable to exceed either. There is a great deal of knowledge behind this! It will tell us the reason later.
So this is the entire complete summary/essential points of all meditation, the complete summary. This part of the text gives a general outline. This is a general outline. So before we know the real details, we would not be considered as doing actual meditation/practice. We may not be considered as doing meditation from a strict definition perspective. However, from the broad definition perspective, we are practicing right now. The whole process of coming to understand this is the process of studying. We are studying, listening. And then, how should we listen and study, how should we contemplate, and how should we put it into practice?