【依师 Relying on the Teacher】依尊胜者获尊胜 By relying on those superior, they attain excellence

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依师 : 依尊胜者获尊胜

【《亲友集》中作如是说:「诸人依劣当退失,依平等者平然住,依尊胜者获尊胜,故应亲近胜自者。】

那么《亲友集》上面告诉我们这么说——这是菩萨造的论——啊,诸位啊!如果你依靠差的人的话,你就退失。所以后面特别告诉我们,我们修学佛法一定要依靠善知识。最好的是善知识,最坏的就是恶知识。你如果靠不如你的话,你就退步了,依平等者大家不能进步,如果说依比超胜于你的,你就获得进步。所以我们应该亲近超过自己的。

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日常师父法语📡14B 19'31" ~ 20'13" 手抄稿第二册P211-L3

14B 19'31" ~ 20'13" Vol 2 of Master Jih-Chang’s Discourse P211 L3
English Lamrim Vol 1  P72

Relying on the Teacher – By relying on those superior, they attain excellence

【The Verses about Friends ( Mitra-varga) says:  
People degenerate by relying on those inferior to themselves’  
By relying on equal, they stay the same;  
By relying on those superior, they attain excellence;[36] Thus rely on those who are superior to yourself. 】

 
The Verses about Friends tells us this.  This is a commentary written by a Bodhisattva.  For all of you! If you rely on one who is inferior, you will degenerate.  Later, it specifically explained that in order to train in Buddhism, one must rely on an excellent teacher.  The best is to have an excellent teacher. The worst thing that could happen is to have a bad teacher.  If you rely on someone inferior to you, then you will regress.  If you rely on someone who is equal to you, then no one can improve.  If you rely on someone who is superior to you, you will make progress.  So we must rely on those superior to us.