The Scripture of the Fo...


The Scripture of the Founding Master

Chapter Two: Doctrine


The Founding Master said, “The reason that practitioners seek to awaken to sublime truth is in order to apply that truth in their real lives; for, if one cannot apply it, or if one just leaves it unutilized, it will be useless. Now, let me talk about applying the Il-Won-Sang, the Dharmakāya Buddha, in our everyday lives. First, each time you encounter the Il-Won-Sang, you will take it as a hwadu for seeing the nature and attaining buddhahood. Second, you will take it as a model in order to keep on practicing consummately in your ordinary lives, like Il-Won-Sang. Third, you will take it as an object based on truth that you keep on believing in, knowing that all things in the universe have the actual authority to bestow directly blessings and harm. Those of you who have understood this truth will venerate Il-Won-Sang each time you encounter it, as if it were a portrait of your parents.”