The Scripture of the Fo...


The Scripture of the Founding Master

Chapter Three: Practice


The Founding Master said, “The hunter who is out to capture a lion or a tiger does not shoot at a pheasant or hare, even if he sees one, because he does not want to forsake capturing a large animal by going for a small one. In the same way, a person whose mind aspires to the great practice does not generate desires for trivial things, for fear of obstructing the achievement of that great aspiration. Thus, a practitioner whose goal is to achieve buddhahood must disregard all worldly craving and desires in order to achieve that goal. If you cannot bring an end to that trivial greed and thus digress from your great vow and goal, then you would be like a hunter who loses the chance to capture a lion or tiger because he was chasing a pheasant or hare. How pitiful that would be! Thus, I warn you that a person with a great aspiration should not be attached to trivial greed.”