The Scripture of the Fo...


The Scripture of the Founding Master

Chapter Four: The Way of Humanity


One day some disciples were arguing the pros and cons of current events while reading the newspaper. The Founding Master heard them and said, “Why do you talk rashly about matters that are none of your business? A person with a genuine outlook does not talk lightly about others’ pros and cons. Even while reading the newspaper, the proper conduct for practitioners, and the way to gain true benefit, is to examine carefully in what you read the root cause and the good and bad fruitions that result, taking them as mirrors for one’s future conduct. This is an approach for illuminating the one mind by penetrating all dharmas. For a person who reads newspapers in this spirit, they will become a living scripture and source material for wisdom and merit. Otherwise one will only become good at critiquing other people’s pros and cons contentiously and glibly, thereby falling easily into the abyss of transgression. You must be extremely careful about this.”