【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

【总之虽有礼拜旋绕及读诵等,多可行事,然今此中正主要者,谓于正修时励力修已,未修之间,若于所修行相所缘,不依念知,任其逸散,则所生德,极其微尠。】


总之,这个两个座之间,就前面一座跟后面一座之间。换句话说,我们离开了这个修行,譬如说:离开了早晚殿,或者你自己做的功课以外,那么其他的时候,当然你还是可以,个人有个人的安排。现在这个地方是举说礼拜啊、然后呢绕佛啊、读诵经典哪,有很多的。那么最主要的是什么?下面告诉我们,先告诉我们这个道理。所谓正修的时候,那么当然那个正修的时候,一定是努力去修;等到下了座,「励力修已」那么下了座完结了,下面一座还没有来的时候,那个中间哪,假定你就这样不管它了,「哎呀,辛辛苦苦弄了半天了。然后休息一下,聊聊天,玩一玩再来。」这个时候就是把「所修行相所缘」散失掉了,这个是不行的。

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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.