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The Essential Scriptures of the Buddha and Patriarchs

Sūtra in Forty-Two Sections

Section 25

The Buddha said, “For people, passion and desire are like someone carrying a burning torch who is walking into the wind: a foolish person who does not let go of the torch is certain to burn his hand. The poisons of greed, hatred, and delusion exist in a person’s body: someone who not quickly let go of these dangers with the help of the way is certain to experience disaster.”