【修持轨理 The Meditation Session】 密护根门 Restraining the sensory faculties

【修持轨理 - 未修中间如何行者】- 密护根门

那么那个时候我们就要想办法去防护它。拿什么东西防护呢?靠前面的正知正念。一定要晓得说哪个是对的,有了这个对的,那个时候才能对比出来,原来我习性当中的那个不对的,那个才可以防嘛!否则的话,你混沌一片,你什么是哪个好、哪个不好不知道,当然无从防起,所以一定要正知正念。那么这个正知正念就是防护的最佳的武器。

关于这一点呢,第一个,所以你在正式学习之前哪,先要数数练习这个东西;平常我们呢真正修行的第一步,真正说起来,这个才是最重要的。听,听这个,然后呢思,思这个。等到你经过了思,思实际上是一个什么样的?行心所。等到你思惟成了习惯了,它随时随地这个念头就起来了,你不提它也起来,一提随时就起来了。就等于说你使用的武器一样,你在任何情况之下你要拿,掏出来就是,而且你利用得很熟。
那个武器防什么呢?就防我们的这个六根。这个六根的情况是什么?对了境以后就生染污,这个染污有两种: 一种呢对行相的染污,一种是随好的染污。行相的染污就说,欸,这个好看的,你去看,看了以后:啊,欢喜!随好呢?看完了以后你心里想:嗯,这东西这满有味道的。啊!你心里想明天该怎么办,或者你想动脑筋要去获得它;反过来,对不欢喜的东西,那就是引发另外的瞋。

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日常师父法语 25B 07’05” 手抄稿第四册 P25LL6

25B 07’05”Vol 4 of Master Jih-Chang’s Discourse P25LL6
English Lamrim Vol 1 pg 102

【The Meditation Session – What to do in between meditation sessions】- Restraining the sensory faculties

Well then at that time, we need to think of a way to restrain it. What do you use to restrain? You rely on the vigilance and mindfulness mentioned before. You have to know what is right. Once I know what is right, then I can make a comparison and know what habit I have that is wrong, then I can restrain! Otherwise, if you are all muddled up without knowing which one is good and which one is not good, then of course you do not know where to start restraining from. Therefore you must have vigilance and mindfulness. So vigilance and mindfulness are the best weapons for restraining.

Regarding this point, the first thing, before you actually begin to learn, you must repeatedly practice this thing. Normally when we first start to meditate, this is the first step that is the most important. When listening, listen to this, then when reflecting, reflect on this. After you have reflected; what is reflecting like? It is when the mind acts. Once you are used to reflecting, at any time this thought will arise, even if you do not try to bring it up, it will come up; and when you do bring it up, it comes right away. This is like using a weapon, at any time when you want to take it out, you simply pull it out; moreover, you are very familiar with how to use it.
What are the weapons used for? It is used to restrain our six sensory faculties. What are the conditions the six sensory faculties are in? It is that when you come upon the sensory object, contamination is generated. There are two kinds of contamination, one is the contamination of taking note of, and the other is the contamination of imagining. The contamination of “taking note of” is [for instance], “ah, this looks good” and you go and look at it, then after you look at it, “ah, I like it!” Then “imagining” is that after you finish looking at it, you think, “mm, this thing has good flavor”. Ah! So you think what you should do tomorrow [about it], or you try to figure out how to get it. On the opposite end, with what you do not like, you generate hostility.