Master Jih-Chang Discourse: Dharma Practice is to Cultivate Ourselves
In Master Jih-Chang Lamrim discourse, there is a very direct to-the-point section that tells us Dharma practice is to cultivate ourselves:
So practice is for yourself or for others? If it’s for others, there is no harm. This is similar to a hair stylist, he trims the hair of others, after trimming, he uses a mirror to show them because he’s trimming the hair for others, then it’s not wrong! Now you want to cultivate through Dharma practice, to cultivate yourself, definitely you use a mirror to reflect upon yourself to see if you are right or wrong, this is very clear and obvious. So what is this? ‘Think of them in light of’, if we want to think, this is the way to think, think in this way. If we think in this way, that is correct, that is correct! Therefore, in the later part, he will tell us that as a true practitioner, ah! you see only your own faults and diligently engage in your own practice. If you can see your own faults and engage in proper practice, then you will reduce your own faults! Once your faults are reduced, your good qualities will increase! And, suffering will leave gradually, happiness will come gradually, this is a natural phenomenon.
Extracted from Master Jih-Chang’s Lamrim discourse, MP3 Soundtrack 45B