The Scripture of the Fo...


The Scripture of the Founding Master

Chapter Three: Practice


The Founding Master addressed the congregation at a regular dharma meeting, “When you are listening to a dharma talk or a lecture, you must pay attention as if you were about to receive a great treasure. Whatever beneficial words a dharma teacher or lecturer speaks, those words will not have their full practical effect if the listener does not catch their point and listens carelessly. Thus, if you listen carefully with sound spirit to whatever words you hear, assessing what you hear against your own practice and against sensory conditions, then you will gain much and, at the same time, it will naturally enable you to reflect upon your actual situation. The merit of regular dharma meetings will consequently become all the more apparent.”