【依师 Relying on the Teacher】说法不易 Explaining the Teachings is not an easy task
依师 : 说法不易
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日常师父法语📡15A 02'34" ~ 03'42" 手抄稿第二册P220-L8
15A 02'34" ~ 03'42" Vol 2 of Master Jih-Chang’s Discourse P220-L8
English Lamrim Vol 1 P73
Relying on the Teacher – Explaining the Teachings is not an easy task
At the actual session of explaining the teachings, well, it is not an easy task to help others! A tough task! I believe we all have this experience. Needless to say about explaining the teachings, here [in the monastery], our easiest task is cooking. Ah, aspired to cook and hence go to the kitchen. Sigh, it is a difficult task! One wants bland food, another wants flavorful food, another wants something soft, yet another does not want soft food. Thus, you do not know what to do. Before doing all of this, [your] mind is filled with aspiration but after two days, [you] claim to have had enough.
It is the same with Buddha Dharma. To discipline others – for the sake of taming my own affliction [I] may say this – however, to help others, it is totally different. Thus, for earnest application of Buddha Dharma, although benefiting the self is hard, to benefit others is even more difficult. At that time, when trying to help others with energetic compassion, more than great wisdom is required; great joyous perseverance is also needed. So while helping others, be brave, intrepid, unyielding, and determined! This “brave” is forging ahead; the “intrepid” is fearlessness; “unyielding” is not breakable; and with assertive determination.