The Essential Scripture...


The Essential Scriptures of the Buddha and Patriarchs

Sūtra in Forty-Two Sections

Section 30

The Buddha said, “A person following the way stays far away from emotion and desire. It is like straw before approaching flames: by the time the flames reach it, the straw will already have been consumed; so too, when a man of the way is facing passion and desire, he perforce stays far away from them.”