The Scripture of the Fo...


The Scripture of the Founding Master

Chapter Three: Practice


Yi Ch’ŏngch’un asked, “Does the mind of a great person of the Way have any attachments?” The Founding Master said, “If the mind has attachments, then one is not a person of the Way.” Ch’ŏngch’un asked again, “Even Chŏngsan loves his children. Doesn’t that mean his mind is attached?” The Founding Master said, “Would Ch’ŏngch’un call insentient wood and rocks persons of the Way? ‘Attachment’ means that one is so attached that one cannot bear to leave another person behind, or one so wants to see that person when separated that he cannot proceed with one's own practice or public service. That doesn’t happen to Chŏngsan.”