【修持轨理 The Meditation Session】后时如何行者What to do at the conclusion P2

【修持轨理】后时如何行者

【故应时短,次数增多。】

不要时多,这个地方是一个大学问!他真正叫我们上座的时侯,后来我遇见了善知识,他告诉我们这样——四、五分钟。他前面那个道理已经讲过了,现在我们根本道理都没听懂,没听懂试都没用。告诉你了以后,当年,一定是这样的,告诉你在这个地方,然后你试了以后,这个时侯关系重要了!所以我们现在听过了以后,听过了就算了,没有用。听过了以后,你不断地去想他说的是什么,然后呢,用!到那个时候你心里面,开始很难捉摸,到那个时侯多多少少有一点影子了。他会盘问你什么状态,你要告诉他,真正想学的不用他问,你自然去问他,说那个时候坐了以后是这个状态,他觉得哪个是对,哪个是不对,告诉你。然后呢,你那时候安住在上面没动,让你试几分钟。到那个时候你很清楚地,欸,「掉」怎么跑的,「沉」是怎么来的。所以我们刚开始学的时侯,他告訢你五分钟。有了五分钟,然后呢你回去,十五分钟。到了那时侯,他下面等到你慢慢地行了,慢慢地增加。⁠⁠⁠⁠

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日常师父法语 24B 26’04”手抄稿第三册 P284LL3

24B 26’04” Vol. 3 of Master Jih-Chang’s Discourse P284LL3
English Lamrim Vol 1, P100

【The Meditation Session】

【What to do at the conclusion】

【Therefore, meditate in many short sessions. 】

It does not need to be long, there is a great reasoning behind this!  By the time when we can truly do meditation sessions, as I met up with an excellent teacher later, he told us - [to do it for] 4 to 5 minutes.  The principle was mentioned previously.  Now we have not even understood the principles.  If we do not understand, it will be useless to try.  After telling you, back then, it was certainly done this way.  The teacher will tell you the key point, then once you try, here is the vital point!  Now when we heard something, if we let it go after we have heard it, it is of no use.  After hearing it, you should continue to contemplate on what he said.  Then, use it!  It is hard to figure things in your mind in the beginning.  But after a while you will have some sense of it. He will ask you what is your state, and you need to tell him.  Those who are diligent to learn will not even wait for him to ask, you will naturally go and ask him.  You will say what the state is like after you have meditated.  He will tell you which one is right and which one is wrong.  Then, you abide on it and not waver.  He will let you try a few minutes.  Then at that time you will be very clear, eh, how does "excitement" make you run off and how did "laxity" come about?  So when we first begin to learn, he will tell you, do just 5 minutes.  Once you get the 5 minutes, then when you go back, do it for 15 minutes.  Then at that time, he will wait for you to gradually become competent at it, and he will increase it slowly.