The Essential Scripture...


The Essential Scriptures of the Buddha and Patriarchs

Sūtra in Forty-Two Sections

Section 1

The Buddha said: “One who takes leave of his family and goes forth into homelessness in order to [study] the way, who recognizes his mind and penetrates to its basis, and who comprehends the uncompounded dharma [asaṃskṛtadharma, viz., nirvāṇa] is called a śramaṇa [monk]. By always practicing the 250 precepts [of a bhikṣu] in order to practice the four noble truths and to purify his aspiration, he becomes an arhat.”