【皈依 The Precepts of Refuge】不要讥毁沙门相 Do not despise the symbol of the Sramana
皈依 : 不要讥毁沙门相
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47B 01'04" ~ 02'01" Vol 6 of Master Jih-Chang’s Discourse P227-L6
English Lamrim Vol 1 P196
【The Precepts of Refuge】- Do not despise the symbol of the Sramana
Now here it tells us that, “Nor should you do this to the mere symbols [part of the robes] of these practitioners.” This means that as long as he displays the symbol of the Sramana, then with this symbol, you cannot revile or despise. Take note of this! Therefore, in the Ten Cakras of Kṣitigarbha, Mahāyāna Great Collection Sutra(地藏十轮經), it tells us over and over again that even though he may be a Sramana who defiles the Way, may be ignorant or low intelligence monks or shameless monks, I am sorry, when you compare them to the cakravartī (a ruler the wheels of whose chariot roll everywhere without hindrance), or to Indra/Brahma, these monks are still far more supreme. An analogy would be that of a golden alms bowl. No matter how dirty the vessel is filled with vomit, it is made of gold! With a clay pot, no matter how beautiful you make it, it is still clay! These two are different. Therefore, the symbol of the Sramana is very precious. We absolutely do not want to revile or despise.