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The Scripture of the Founding Master

Chapter Three: Practice

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There was a disciple who had been practicing faithfully for several decades, especially devoting himself to seated meditation practice. Gradually his spirit became clear and he was able to foresee when guests would visit or rain would fall. The Founding Master said, “This is nothing more than a phantasm that appears during your practice like the glow of a firefly. Hence, you must be alert to eliminate that state of mind. If you become fascinated with that phenomenon, not only will you not attain the great truth, but it will also be easy for you to fall into a perverse path and become a type of asura (demigod). How can we accept such a thing in the right-dharma order?”