The Essential Scripture...


The Essential Scriptures of the Buddha and Patriarchs

Sūtra in Forty-Two Sections

Section 41

The Buddha said, “Now, practitioners of the way are like oxen bearing heavy burdens moving through deep mud: those oxen may be totally exhausted, but they would not dare look to the left or right until they are out of the mud, for only then will they be able to rest. Śramaṇas regard their emotions and desires as being worse than that mud, and with total dedication [lit., a straightforward mind] they remain mindful of the way so that they will be able to avoid all kinds of suffering.”