The Essential Scripture...


The Essential Scriptures of the Buddha and Patriarchs

Sūtra in Forty-Two Sections

Section 21

The Buddha said, “A person who seeks fame by following his sentiments and desires is like lit incense: people may smell its fragrance but the incense is being consumed by its own smoke. The foolish crave worldly fame and reputation but don’t safeguard the truth of the way. Their fame is a calamity that brings harm to themselves; they will be regretful later.”