【亲近善知识 Relying on The Excellent Teacher】学到驴年 Learn from Buddha/ Learning from yourself
亲近善知识 : 学到驴年
日常师父法语?43B 14'10" ~ 14'55" 手抄稿第六册P95 L8
43B 14'10" ~ 14'55" Vol 6 of Master Jih-Chang’s Discourse P95 L8
English Lamrim Vol 1 Pg 180
【Relying on the excellent teacher】- Learn from Buddha/ Learning from yourself
Now, we should not say that there is no excellent teacher. [We should say] there is no student who want to learn! Who may the students be? It is the “self” ah! If you come to learn to increase more of the “self” then when would be your real attainment? That’s why the past lineage masters used to say “you would achieve in the year of the Donkey”. What is the year of the Donkey? If you look at the twelve Chinese Zodiacs, is there a year of the Donkey? There are Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig, but there is no sign of the Donkey. So throughout the rotation of the signs every 12 years, when you say you will achieve in the year of the Donkey, it implies you will not achieve anything in any year. That is because you focus on learning about the “self”! Make a note of this – it is the internal factor! So in this part of the text and in many places as well, the text has pointed this out to us. Earlier, it has already pointed out this attitude of ours, then later it tells us again to really strive, to strive, to strive really hard at it!