The Essential Scripture...


The Essential Scriptures of the Buddha and Patriarchs

Sūtra in Forty-Two Sections

Section 14

The Buddha said, “What is goodness? Goodness just means to uphold the truth and practice the way. What is greatest? Greatest is for one’s mind to be in harmony with the way. What is most powerful? The greatest strength comes from patient endurance. What is most illuminating? By removing mental grime and stopping evil conduct, both inside and outside will become pure and flawless. From the time before heaven and earth up until today, there has never been in case in all the ten directions of something that one has not now, seen, or heard. Attaining such omniscience is what is called illumination.”