The Scripture of the Fo...


The Scripture of the Founding Master

Chapter Three: Practice


The Founding Master said, “Practitioners, externally, must be able to sever all attachments to causes and conditions and, internally, to drop even the attachment to the one mind. Attachment to the one mind is called the bondage to dharma. If people end up falling into the bondage to dharma, then even in one blink of the eye or in the smallest of gestures, they will always be hampered by the dharma and will never gain freedom. How will they be able to enter the great gate to liberation? Therefore, practitioners, in cultivating their nature, should do so in a way that is natural, and let it operate dynamically. When the six sense organs are free from activity, they need only to remove distracted thoughts; when they are involved in activity, they need only to remove what is wrong. Why would we be attached to the one mind while in the midst of the one mind? To give a simile, we say a person watches children well if he or she lets the infant come, go, and play to its heart’s content and makes its body and mind livelier, restraining the infant only when it wanders toward a dangerous place, or taking away a dangerous object that the infant has picked up. But if the babysitter, in the name of watching the infant, holds it and sits tight all day long without moving at all, then the infant will obviously suffer from the constraint. The fault of being attached to the one mind is no different from this.”