【依师 Relying on the Teacher】磨练 Self-discipline
依师 ： 磨练
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日常师父法语📡16B 05'45" ~ 06'46" 手抄稿第二册P270-LL5
16B 05'45" ~ 06'46" Vol 2 of Master Jih-Chang’s Discourse P270-LL5
English Lamrim Vol 1 P74
【Relying on the Teacher】- Self-discipline
I have often heard the attitude of ancient scholars – in A Casual Talk of a Dream, the author eventually found the elder abbot and asked to be ordained. And then people around him praised, “Ah! What a remarkable person.” And [they] said, “If he is ordained, I will make an offering to cover the cost of his robes and food.” It was due to the aspiration [of this monk to be]! For ancient practitioners, when someone is about to be ordained, people around him would immediately be inspired to make an offer. What did this elder abbot reply? “No, you are letting him reap what he has not sown, that is not allowed, let him go out for an alms round.” If it were us, just imagine – would you not support the newly ordained monk? Hence, all of you should read the biographies of ancient practitioners carefully; they are all like that. Nowadays, everything comes to you so easily – delivered to you and there is no appreciation for it. With a true Dharma vessel, you should not give him anything, and he would be able to advance; on the contrary, when you give him everything, that may be harming him. This is what I perceived sincerely; however, I will not emphasize it – like those habits that we have already formed – it is not necessary for you to torment him excessively. However, when things are too convenient, being too lax in skillful means will lead to downfall.