The Scripture of the Fo...


The Scripture of the Founding Master

Chapter Three: Practice


The Founding Master said, “No matter what you may be doing, whether you are wholly devoted to it or not depends on how well you understand its connection to yourself. People are diligent in obtaining clothes and food because they understand that clothes and food have a close connection to sustaining there lives; patients dili-gently seek a cure because they understand that their health depends on finding that cure; practitioners train diligently, because they understand that practice is vital to their future. A person who understands these connections will readily overcome the myriad hardships and suffering caused by practice, and will not complain even when teachers or colleagues are inattentive. However, if one does not understand these connections, one will have no patience when practicing, will feel unfounded dissatisfaction toward one’s teachers and colleagues, and will feel like one is practicing and working for someone else. You all must review with a critical spirit whether you have awakened to what connections your practice has to yourselves.”