The Scripture of the Fo...


The Scripture of the Founding Master

Chapter Four: The Way of Humanity


When the Founding Master was staying at Yŏngsan, he received offerings of food and valuable gifts from a neophyte to the Order. Upon receiving them, the Founding Master said, “I appreciate your expression of respect. But, depending on your state of mind, the cordiality you feel today may change in the future. Do you know why this is?” The neophyte replied, “How would it change so unreasonably?” The Founding Master said, “That is determined by what you seek in your mind. As you keep company with me, if what you seek is within me, then our affinities will last forever; but if it is not, then our relationship will not last long.”