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The Scripture of the Founding Master

Chapter Six: Doubts Clarified

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When the Founding Master was staying in Seoul, he noticed that Min Chayŏnhwa always liked to eat the leftovers from the Master’s meal, so he asked why. She said, “I do it because, in the Buddhist texts, it mentions that if one eats the Buddha’s leftovers, one will attain the path to deliverance or may even achieve buddhahood.” The Founding Master said, “I understand this comes from the utmost faith and respect you have for me, but is this faith based on a correct interpretation of the passage, or is it instead faith that comes from ignorant superstition?” Chayŏnhwa replied, “I just believe it; it’s not from any analysis of its true meaning.” The Founding Master said, “When a person eats the Buddha’s leftovers, he or she will come that much closer to the Buddha. Naturally, what such people will see is the Buddha’s conduct, what they will hear are the Buddha’s words, what they will awaken to is the Buddha’s right dharma, and what they will become accustomed to are the Buddha’s habits. That being the case, wouldn’t it be easier for them to attain deliverance and to achieve buddhahood? This is the true meaning of that passage.”