The Scripture of the Fo...

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The Scripture of the Founding Master

Chapter Two: Doctrine

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The Founding Master said, “Worshiping the buddha image was sometimes necessary for success in edification, but that will not be the case from now on. Since people have worshiped the buddha image for several thousand years, today there must be some who have gradually become disillusioned with its potency. If people become disillusioned, they will dismiss what is only an expediency, without understanding the principle of the unsurpassed, great path and will no longer have faith. How would this not be an obstacle to edification? I am al-so afraid there will be more than a few people who will enshrine the revered buddha images as a means to seek their own personal livelihoods. How would this not be regrettable? Therefore, we have decided to revere Il-Won-Sang, the Dharmakāya Buddha.”