Venerable Jing Yuan Shared Master Jih-Chang Discourse: Constantly Defeated General
To All Students,
In the path of Dharma practice, everyone will certainly face many difficulties: at home, at work, relationship with others and difficulties in learning the Lamrim. Master Jih-Chang has a discourse about the “Constantly Defeated General” (常败将军). I have extracted this to share with everyone.
Presently, we are fortunate to have escaped from this, and to accumulate merits in this place. Therefore, we must by all means establish the right views! Establish the right views! When the earlier mentioned kind of mental state arises, you will say “Eh, there, there, there, there! This habit that is in concordance with ignorance since beginningless time has come again. This is indeed my enemy. Now that I have come here, I must really fight it. Just fight it! It is not that we have already succeeded. Earlier, it was mentioned “Eh! Even when I am buried under my enemy, I can still clench my teeth beneath them”. Does everyone remember this saying? What does this mean? It is not that I win the battle all the time; I am very clear that I am always being defeated. People talk about the “constantly victorious general”, however, I feel I am the “constantly defeated general”. What does this mean? For people in general, they are finished after having failed once; that won’t work. After I have failed, I will still fight again; after failing again, I fight again; after failing again, I fight again. Thus, this is called “constantly defeated”. What is really amazing is this word “constantly”. If you can fight again after toppling down, fight again after toppling down, fight again after toppling down, then, you have succeeded! Remember, I wish that everyone can learn this! I am presently learning this “constantly defeated general”. Over here, I am just telling everyone about my experiences of failure. Although I have been defeated, I feel happy! Ah! it is indescribably beautiful, indescribably beautiful! ”
Extracted from Master Jih-Chang’s Lamrim discourse, MP3 Soundtrack 114A