【修持轨理 The Meditation Session】正行 - 此处修法 Actual Session – How to sustain the mediation specifically P3
【修持轨理】正行 - 此处修法
日常师父法语 24B 08’27”手抄稿第三册 P275L9
24B 08’27” Vol. 3 of Master Jih-Chang’s Discourse P275L9
English Lamrim Volume 1, P100
【Actual Session – ii) How to sustain the mediation specifically】
【First reflect on the benefits of relying on the teacher, such as quickly attaining buddhahood, and the drawbacks of not relying on the teacher, such as giving rise to suffering in this and future lives. 】
This is a force that will pull you forward. That may already be sufficient [for you]. But there needs to be one other thing, a force to push you from the back. Sometimes we may fall backwards. This is why he tells you what the faults are for not relying on an excellent teacher. These faults give rise to great sufferings in this and future lives. Whenever you think of this, you will be afraid of not relying on the excellent teacher. So there is a pushing force from behind you and a pulling force in front of you. So how can you not succeed. You will certainly succeed. By the same principle, even though you have not developed such feeling for Buddhism, but this kind of mental ability is absolutely real. For instance, if there is a cup of poison here that could cause death after ingestion, of course we will not ingest it. Or if we say there is this poison here, when the wind blows, it can carry the toxin and poison you. Then you will feel as though you cannot run away from it fast enough. That must be the case, right? If we ask you to come here [to where the poison is], [you would say], "I cannot oblige!” This is a pushing force from the back. When you think of how relying on the bad teachers will bring you great harm, whenever you see him you will hide from him from far away. Then this becomes very easy to do.