【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
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.