The Essential Scripture...


The Essential Scriptures of the Buddha and Patriarchs

Sūtra in Forty-Two Sections

Section 2

The Buddha said: “Those śramaṇas who have gone forth into homelessness eradicate desire, leave behind craving, and recognize the source of their own minds. They penetrate to the Buddha’s profound principle and awaken to the uncompounded dharma. Internally, they have nothing to attain; externally, they have nothing to seek. Their minds are not bound by the way, but they also are not tied to their karman. They are free of thought and free of aspirations (apraṇihita), free of cultivation and free of realization, and, even without passing through all the various levels, they are highly revered in their own right. This is what we call the way.”