The Scripture of the Fo...


The Scripture of the Founding Master

Chapter Three: Practice


The Founding Master said, “It is not my instruction to have you eliminate by force your feelings of joy or anger, sorrow or happiness. Rather, I urge you to exercise your free frame of mind without constraint by applying joy, anger, sorrow, and happiness properly, according to time and place, only making sure that you do not diverge from the Middle Way. Instead of resenting shallow talent and petty desires, worry instead that your own talent and aspiration are not great. Therefore, the dharma I teach is meant only to enlarge what is small and to redirect practitioners’ efforts away from things that are petty and toward things that are great. This is in fact the great dharma that achieves great things.”