坚持上广论研讨班

老师说:「盯住你的广论班,不要脱班。」为什么?原因有五个:

一、同学之间能相互制约、相互比较。

老师说:没有一个环境策励着自己,这个环境大家相互比较着,比如说听闻,我们会看哪个同学听的点是怎样的断除烦恼习气、断恶修善,一张嘴都是看到别人的恩德,看到别人的好处;我只要一开口就是说别人过失,这没有办法呀,我也觉得不太好,但就是这样。所以老师觉得修学还是要在一个相对能够管束、有制约性的环境,若没有环境制约自己,很容易就偷懒不想上课。

二、参加广论研讨班会是生命中一个非常温暖的记忆。

老师说:比如我们会听到很多生命故事,尤其是转业的故事,非常的震撼!一年一年你看到这个修行人不停的不停的改变,有一天变到你觉得都想要给他磕头了。你发现十年十五年的坚持下来,他的生命彻底的蜕变了,佛陀的智慧深植于他的内心,他变成一个非常非常虔诚的佛陀弟子,非常的真挚、又慈悲、又有智慧,无形中他成为一些人心中的依靠。

三、你也会发现自己在改变。

在这过程当中,因为你的改变,就能传递给别人一种智慧、一种力量。老师说:佛法是靠什么传递的?信仰的心传递信仰的心!就是当你心中有信仰的时候,跟别人互动,别人能感受到那种信仰的力量!

四、上广论研讨班,就等于是见到师父。

有一些人是在师父示寂以后才进研讨班;有些人虽然以前看过师父,也很想再见到师父。如何才能见到师父?坚持学《广论》,就一定能够见到他。老师提到他的一位上师曾告诉他:「你不要难过,师父说他会回来,就一定会回来,这不是轻松应允的一句话,他说的他一定会做到。」所以当我们心中有那种期待的时候,你就把《广论》打开,把手抄稿打开,把磁带打开,听,师父在跟你说什么?

五、广论研讨班会是我们生命一种深刻的陪伴。

老师说:你们是不是有那样的一个经验,就是当你在生活中遇到什么事情,不知道该怎么办,一听带,咦,好像知道怎么办了,然后一看手抄稿,啊,这一段正是说我的心事。所以佛陀的教法,师父的教诲,是对我们生命一种很深刻的陪伴。

老师总结「坚持上广论研讨班」时,有一段很重要的话:我曾经这样想,广论班是这个地上的奇迹!天上的奇迹不知道是什么,地上的奇迹就是师父建立的广论班;你们就是广论班里的奇迹,因为有你们才有广论班。所以,我也和大家一样,珍惜着你们每一个——哪怕大的小的广论班,广论班里的每一个同学。

Persevere In Attending Lamrim Discussion Class

Teacher said: Stick closely to your Lamrim class. Do not leave your class. Why? There are five reasons: 

1. Students can mutually restrain and compare with one another (for progression)

Teacher said, without an environment to encourage oneself, where everyone can mutually compare with one another in this environment, for instance, in the area of listening where we can learn from others’ understanding on how to eliminate habitual afflictions, abstain from non-virtues and cultivate virtues, only speak about others’ kindness and see the good qualities in others, we will only speak about others’ faults, which we cannot help it. We also feel that it is not right, but there is no other way. Thus, Teacher felt that cultivation still needs to be in a relatively controlled environment that practices restraint. If there is no environment to restrain oneself, it is very easy to slack and skip class.

2. The warmest memory of your life is having joined a Lamrim discussion class

Teacher said, for instance, when we hear about many real life stories, especially those concerning change of karma, it is shocking! Year after year, you can see that this practitioner has not stopped transforming, to such an extent that you feel you have to salute him. You will realize that after persevering for the past ten to fifteen years, his life has been thoroughly transformed. Buddha’s wisdom has been deeply ingrained in his mind. He has become an extremely devout disciple of the Buddha, who encompasses sincerity, compassion and wisdom. He has unknowingly become a person that some people can rely on.

3. You will also realize that you are transforming

Due to your transformation during this journey, you will be able to transmit to others a kind of wisdom and a form of strength. Teacher asked about what Buddhism relied on for transmission. It is through a heart with faith that will transmit to another heart with faith! That is, when you have developed the faith in your heart, others can feel the force of such faith when you interact with them!

4. Going to Lamrim class is as if meeting Master Jih-Chang in person

There are people who only began attending Lamrim discussion class after Master Jih-Chang passed on; there are people who had met Master Jih-Chang before and yet wished to meet him again.  How could we meet Master Jih-Chang again?  Persevere in learning the Lamrim, and you will meet him for sure. Teacher quoted one of her Gurus who had said to her, “Don’t be sad, since Master Jih-Chang said that he will come back, then he will be back for sure. This is not something that one can promise lightly, he will stick to his promise and make it happen for sure.”  Therefore, when we have such anticipation in our hearts, you may open up the Lamrim book, open up the transcripts of Master Jih-Chang’s discourse, switch on the MP3 tapes, listen to what Master Jih-Chang is telling you?

5. Lamrim discussion class is a profound companion in our lives

Teacher said, “Have you had this experience where, when you were met with an issue in life that you didn’t know what to do, but after listening to Master Jih-Chang’s discourse, you seemed to know what to do. Then when you read the discourse transcript, a particular paragraph hit the bull’s eye on what was bothering us. Thus, the Buddha’s teachings, Master Jih-Chang’s discourse are very profound companions in our lives.”

When Teacher concluded on this topic of “Persevere in attending Lamrim discussion class”, there is a paragraph which is very important, she said, “I ever thought about it this way, the Lamrim class is a miracle onearth!  The miracle in the heaven is unknown, but the miracle on earth is the Lamrim class that Master Jih-Chang had established. All of you are the miracles in the Lamrim class, because of all of you that the Lamrim class happened. Thus, just like you, I cherish the Lamrim class and every one of you, be it big or small class, (I cherish) every student in the class.

Translation and reviewed by: Chong Lee Hiang, Lim Pui Yar, Dawn Chen