The Scripture of the Fo...


The Scripture of the Founding Master

Chapter Three: Practice


The Founding Master said to several of his disciples, “You should indeed apply the buddhadharma and try to enhance your everyday life; you should not be so attached to the buddhadharma that you waste your life. In sum, the buddhadharma was originally the great Way for delivering the world, but if some people instead renounce the world, enter the mountains to engage only in such practices as reciting the Buddha’s name, reading scriptures, or sitting in meditation, and waste their whole lives, finally leaving no real marks of having delivered anyone, then such people have been overly attached to the buddhadharma. Not only do they achieve little success for themselves, but they offer no benefit to the world, either.”