【依师 Relying on the Teacher】因为学者自己有过失 because the practitioners (themselves) have faults
依师 : 因为学者自己有过失
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日常师父法语📡16A 05'57" ~ 06'51" 手抄稿第二册P254-L7
16A 05'57" ~ 06'51" Vol 2 of Master Jih-Chang’s Discourse P254-L7
English Lamrim Vol 1 P76
【Relying on the Teacher】 – because the practitioners (themselves) have faults
In fact, what we really should learn is the study of finding out whether or not I am qualified. If not, hurry to strive at it; if we have sufficient qualities, then begin looking [for a teacher]. If you don’t have the defining characteristics, although the teacher is “extremely pure” – which means absolutely encompassed – even like the Buddha, as perfect and thorough as Buddha, however, due to “the influence of your own faults, it will cause even an extremely pure teacher who instructs you in the teachings to appear to have faults.” Because the listener – the student – is under the strong influence of personal faults, he is unable to see the teacher’s good qualities and may even consider the teacher to be at fault. May I ask, if you see a teacher in error, would you be willing to rely on him? First of all, you will not be willing – even if you were forced to stay here and all you saw were his faults, would you be willing to abide by him?