The Scripture of the Fo...


The Scripture of the Founding Master

Chapter Two: Doctrine


The Founding Master addressed the participants in a Sŏn retreat, “In traditional monasteries, the Yŏmbul school did nothing but recite the Buddha’s name; the Kyo [Doctrine] school did nothing but read sūtras, the Sŏn school did nothing but sit in meditation; the Yul (Vinaya) school did nothing but keep the precepts. Within the single buddhadharma, they argued and criticized each other, but everything they taught was but one subject within the three trainings in precepts, absorption, and wisdom. We develop these subjects together and pursue each at its proper time: every day at dawn we sit in meditation, and during the day and night we participate in various sessions involving scriptures, lectures, conversations, cases for questioning, the principle of the nature, diaries, and reciting the Buddha’s name. By training alike in each of these various courses, anyone who makes an effort in this manner will be able to obtain results that are many times greater than those deriving from traditional training.”