【修持轨理 The Meditation Session】未修中间如何行者 What to do in between meditation sessions
修持轨理 - 未修中间如何行者
日常师父法语 25A 08’26”手抄稿第四册 P7LL6
25A 08’26” Vol 4 of Master Jih-Chang’s Discourse P7LL6
English Lamrim Vol 1, P100
【The Meditation Session - What to do in between meditation sessions】
【In general there are many things to be done between meditation sessions, such as obeisance, circumambulation, and recitation [of prayers and scripture]. However, the principal thing to do in this context is as follows. After you have made an effort to meditate in the actual session and are at the point of ending the session, you might not continue to rely on mindfulness and vigilance, and might instead completely let go of what should be sustained—the object of meditation and its subjective aspects. If you do so, your progress will be extremely small.】
In summary, in between two meditation sessions, that is between the previous and the next session. In other words, when we end the meditation, for example, when we leave the shrine where we do our morning and night rituals, or when we do other assigned practice/study on our own. So at other times, of course you (translator note: can also refer to ‘everyone’) can plan according to each individual’s arrangement. Here it speaks of obeisance, circumambulation and recitation of prayers and scriptures, there are many [things you can do]. But what's most important? It mentioned below, it told us the principle first. So with the actual session, of course during the actual session, you must make efforts to practice. Once you end the session, "After you have made an effort to meditate," you have finished the meditation, before the next session comes, during the in between time, if you were to just let it go [and think] "aiya, I have worked so hard for a long time. I will just rest, chat and play a little bit before I come back to it." At this time, you would lose "the object of meditation and its subjective aspects." This will not work.