The Scripture of the Fo...


The Scripture of the Founding Master

Chapter Three: Practice


The Founding Master said, “The many enlightened masters of the Sŏn school have opened myriads of stratagems and myriads of gateways to Sŏn. But if we were to combine them all into a single phrase, it would be: ‘Bring an end to deluded thoughts and cultivate the true nature, so that the void and calm, numinous awareness will appear in front of you.’ Therefore, the following phrase expresses the main principle of Sŏn: ‘Ever-alertness within calmness is correct, but the blankness within calmness is wrong; ever-calmness within alertness is correct, but idle thoughts within alertness are wrong."