The Essential Scripture...


The Essential Scriptures of the Buddha and Patriarchs

Sūtra in Forty-Two Sections

Section 29

The Buddha said to the śramaṇas, “Be careful not to look at women; but if you do look at them, don’t stare at them. Be careful not to talk with them; but if you do talk with them, encourage your mind in right conduct by telling yourself, ‘I am a śramaṇa living in this turbid world. I must be like the lotus flower that remains unsullied by the mud.’ Regard elderly women as your mothers, women older than you as your elder sisters, women younger than you as your younger sisters, and young girls as your daughters. Respect them courteously, but view them only as varieties of impurity in order to free your mind.”