The Essential Scripture...


The Essential Scriptures of the Buddha and Patriarchs

Secrets on Cultivating the Mind

Section 40

I hope that those of you who are aspirants to the path will not be cowardly and weak. You must display heroic ardor. Meritorious causes made in past kalpas cannot be known. If you do not believe in your superiority, complacently resign yourself to being inferior, and decide that you will not practice this now because it is too difficult, then, even though you might have the wholesome roots from past lives, you eradicate them now. The difficulty will keep increasing and you will move further from the goal. Since you have now arrived at the treasure trove, you cannot return empty-handed. Once you lose a human body, for ten-thousand kalpas it will be difficult to recover. Please be careful about this. Knowing that there is a treasure trove, how can a wise person turn back and not look for it, and yet continue to resent bitterly his destitution and poverty? If you want to gain this treasure you must cast aside this skin-bag.