Reader: A. H. W.
谨 慎 | Be Vigilant
In Vajrayana practice, it is of utmost importance to respect and have faith in the vajra master.
“No matter what kind of teacher you may have, do not find fault with him even you lack faith, and especially do not criticize his fault”, says His Holiness the 8th Karmapa (1507-1554), a great leader of Tibet's religious government and an accomplished master of the Great Perfection. “If someone is talking about such things, it's best to avoid listening; even you happen to hear it, do not take it as true. Were it true, regard it as having your teacher's secret meaning; rejoice in all your teacher's activities and strengthen your faith.” And again: “Examine your own mind all the time. Until compassion has arisen in you and you have established a view on emptiness, you may temporarily forgo your teacher's instructions should they involve performing harmful or negative activities. You do not violate his teaching at this stage. To say that relying only on one master is sufficient and that there is no need for other teachers is incorrect; it is a mark of having been contaminated by negative forces. In past history, it is evident that great masters have relied on more than just one teacher. By making multitude offerings, servicing the teachers, and accumulating merit, they attained accomplishment. There are numerous examples like this.”
Sange Pandita says: “Any instruction that is not in accordance with the Buddha's teaching, even if it comes from your teacher, can be ignored.” A similar passage can be found in the Explanation on the Fifty Rules to Serve the Teacher by Master Tsongkhapa.
Nevertheless, we should remind ourselves that we can never fathom a teacher's realization. Only after thorough examination can we establish if his particular activity is harmful or beneficial to beings. By all means, never leave your teacher too hastily, because the teacher, as the object of all our activities, carries grave weight. The repercussion of abandoning a vajra master is the inevitable rebirth to the most horrific vajra hells. It's best to exercise vigilance!
11th of April, Year of RenWu
2002 年 5 月 22 日
May 22, 2002