The Essential Scripture...


The Essential Scriptures of the Buddha and Patriarchs

Sūtra in Forty-Two Sections

Section 33

The Buddha said, “Now, practicing the way is like one man fighting an army of tens of thousands. Donning his armor and wielding his weapons, he goes out through the gate and enters the battle. But he might be cowardly and weak and end up retreating, or he might turn around halfway along the road; he might die during battle, or achieve a great victory and return to his kingdom to great acclaim. Now, a person who is able to control his mind and advance resolutely, fearless about the situations he is facing and vanquishing all the hosts of demons, is certain to attain the way.”