The Scripture of the Fo...


The Scripture of the Founding Master

Chapter Two: Doctrine


The person asked again, “What is the relationship between Il-Won-Sang and Śākyamuni Buddha?” The Founding Master answered, “The Il-Won is the source of all truth, and Śākyamuni Buddha is the teacher who awakened to the truth and then taught it to us. Even though this world may have a wonderful truth, that truth would be of no use to us if there were not a person who discovered and taught it. Even if Śākyamuni Buddha had come to this world, if there were not this truth of Il-Won-Sang, he could not have become Śākyamuni Buddha, and would have had no material to teach for forty-nine years. Thus, we designate Il-Won-Sang, the Dharmakāya Buddha, as the symbol of truth and Śākyamuni Buddha as our foundational teacher, and worship together the dharmakāya tathāgata and the rūpakāya tathāgata. However, that is an explanation given from the perspective of the distinction between Il-Won-Sang and Śākyamuni Buddha. From the perspective of the truth that is beyond all distinctions, you must understand the indivisibility of Il-Won-Sang and Śākyamuni Buddha.”