The Scripture of the Fo...


The Scripture of the Founding Master

Chapter Three: Practice


The Founding Master addressed the congregation at a meditation hall, “In recent years various lineages in the Sŏn school have been debating the relative merits of different Sŏn techniques. Of these, I have adopted the dharma of resting in the elixir field (tanjŏn chu), and have instructed you to focus exclusively on Cultivation during the Cultivation period, and to investigate the hwadu every now and then at the appropriate time. This is because the method for awakening to the cases for questioning (ŭidu) does not involve obsessively thinking on them for extended periods with a murky state of mind but, rather, investigating cases for questioning with a bright spirit in the right context-that power will be far superior.”