The Scripture of the Fo...


The Scripture of the Founding Master

Chapter Two: Doctrine


The Founding Master continued, “This is an age in which the population of the whole world is gradually entering a period of maturity and developing knowledge and perspective. Anyone encountering sensory conditions involving suffering and happiness may understand about receiving transgressions and merits. Having this understanding, they will seek the origin of transgressions and merits and, in seeking that origin, their meaning will become clear. Once that meaning has become clear, they will have right belief. If people discover and worship an object of faith that is easy to understand realistically, then both the wise and the foolish will be able to settle their minds and find their true destinies (ansim immyŏng). Rather than relying as in the past on others to perform their buddha offerings for them, they will now mostly have to perform their own. The procedures for making these buddha offerings will have to be mastered by all the adherents; our doctrines and institutions will comprise the main principles of these procedures. Even after mastering the procedures and correctly making buddha offerings, there will be differences in the results, for only when one continues with utmost sincerity appropriate to the circumstances will there be success. Therefore, creating merits according to causes and conditions, or becoming rich and noble or poor and disadvantaged, all depend on how well one has made buddha offerings throughout one’s many lifetimes. People who have much merit and much wisdom will certainly have all their vows and wishes fulfilled whatever these may be, for, having awakened to the principle of Il-Won-Sang, the Dharmakāya Buddha, they revere as the buddha the myriad things in heaven and earth, as well as the dharma realm of empty space, and make buddha offerings with a clear understanding of the length of time re-quired and an awareness of the sources of trans-gressions and merits. Hence, our aim is to worship Il-Won-Sang, the Dharmakāya Buddha, so that we may worship not only the buddha image as the buddha, but also the myriad things in heaven and earth as well as the dharma realm of empty space.”