【修持轨理 The Meditation Session】饮食知量者 - 非染污心中量食 Appropriate diet – Eating appropriate food which does not produce afflictions

【修持轨理 - 未修中间如何行者】- 饮食知量者- 非染污心中量食

然后呢你有了这个(非)染污心,你才能够中量食;不过反过来,假如说硬是把住你这个中量食,虽然你染污心,它也有好处的。因为至少你中量食,吃过了以后,你不会再去脑筋里老想。也许第一天你觉得今天怎么少一点,少了三天你也就习惯了,于是下面你保持身心的,比较不会像前面的沉重,那时候你用功就比较更好,大家想想看对不对?
所以这个地方啊,为什么我常常提起一个事情来,就是这个样。虽然晓得刚开始不习惯,你过了几天也就习惯了。就拿我们这里来说,刚开始的大家觉得这个罗汉菜,唉呀,不晓得多困难,结果我们现在吃了几天,大家还来得个高兴耶!就是这样嘛!所以注意!这千真万确的这个事实,我告诉你们,千万不要讲口味啊,讲那东西啊!就是我们能够做到「非染污心」而「中量食」这是最上等,但是平常我们,我也自己晓得,我们不是这种条件的人,我们条件什么呢?宿生的善根都能够放弃世间走的路,肯来,这是个非常可贵的,现在。那怎么办呢?接受它那个条件,心里先晓得:这个条件帮忙我的,虽然刚开始不习惯、委曲,那么做了些时候,欸,慢慢地相应了。

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日常师父法语26A 23’13” 手抄稿第四册 P56L7

26A 23’13” Vol 4 of Master Jih-Chang’s Discourse P56L7
English Lamrim Vol 1 P105

【The Meditation Session - What to do in between meditation sessions】
【Appropriate diet – Eating appropriate food which does not produce afflictions】

After you have understood the concept of (not) producing afflictions, you can then eat appropriately. On the other hand, if you just hold on to the idea of eating appropriately, then even if you did produce afflictions, there is still benefit. Because at least when you eat appropriately, you will not keep thinking about it after your meal. (Translator note: appropriate in the Chinese text refers to an appropriate/moderate amount) Maybe you will feel like the amount is a little less on the first day, but you will get used to it after three days of lesser food, thus you maintain your body and mind, and will not feel as heavy as before. At that time, it becomes easier for you to study and practice, let us think about whether is that right?

Therefore over here, this is why I often bring this up, it is just like this. Even though you know you will not be used to it in the beginning, after a few days you will get used to it. Take what we are doing here for example, in the beginning, everyone feels that the Luohan dish, ah-ya, so difficult [to accept], but after a few days of eating it, people now feel happy about it! (Translator note: Luohan dish means basically cooking all foods other than rice as one dish.) It is just like this! So take note of this! This is absolutely true. Let me tell you, you must not emphasize on the flavor, on that thing! So if you can accomplish "eating foods which does not produce afflictions" and you can eat "appropriate food", this is the best. However, for us normally, I know it for myself, we do not have this condition, what is our condition? Virtuous roots from our past lives which caused us to give up the path of the mundane world, that we are willing to be here, this is very precious now. So what should we do? We should accept this condition, we should know first in our hearts: this condition will help me. Even though I may not be used to it at first, feel like it is tortuous, but after some time of doing it, eh, you gradually become concordant.