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The Scripture of the Founding Master

Chapter Three: Practice

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The Founding Master said, “If you wish to become a well-rounded person and attain wide knowledge and vision, you absolutely must not cling to a single point of view. Virtually everyone today clings to a single point of view, which prevents them from achieving the perfect Way. Confucian scholars are attached to Confucian customs, Buddhist monks to Buddhist customs, and people active in other religions or societies, for their part, to what they know and do. Thus, they lack a broad understanding of right and wrong, benefit and harm, and do not know how to adopt and apply other people’s dharmas. In consequence, they do not manage to become well-rounded persons.” A disciple asked, “If people abandon their own traditions and doctrines, wouldn’t they lose their principal convictions?” The Founding Master said, “I am not saying that you should lose your principal convictions and adopt other dharmas indiscriminately, but rather that you should widely apply other dharmas after you have established your principal convictions. You must understand this point well, too.”