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The Essential Scriptures of the Buddha and Patriarchs

Sūtra in Forty-Two Sections

Section 13

There was a śramaṇa who asked the Buddha, “Through what conditions may I attain the way? How may I come to know my past lives?” The Buddha replied, “The way is free of shapes and characteristics; you need only guard your thoughts and purify your mind. It is like polishing a mirror: as the grime is removed, its luster appears. Hence, once you see the truth of the way, you will know your past lives.”