The Scripture of the Fo...


The Scripture of the Founding Master

Chapter Two: Doctrine


The Founding Master came to a Sŏn session and said, “Yi Inŭihwa has now had such a great arousal of the mind that she neglects her private business in order to attend dharma meetings and join Sŏn sessions. Instead of giving her an award for her devoted faith, I would like to allot this hour to her. Ask any questions you may have.” Inŭihwa asked, “If someone asks me what we teach and learn in our order, how should I reply?” The Founding Master answered, “Buddhism originally teaches one to awaken and know for oneself the principle of ‘all things are created by the mind,’ and you may answer that we teach and learn the same principle. Once we know it, we will also discover the principles of ‘neither arising nor ceasing’ and ‘the retribution and response of cause and effect.’” She asked again, “After we have learned this principle, how should we practice?” The Founding Master answered, “We keep our minds free from disturbances, delusions, or wrong-doings when facing sensory conditions.”