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The Scripture of the Founding Master

Chapter Six: Doubts Clarified

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A disciple asked, “According to the Buddha of the past's teaching, if one’s practice matures, one will attain the three knowledges and the six superpowers. At what dharma status will we attain the three knowledges and the six superpowers?” The Founding Master said, “Two of the three knowledges [the recollection of past lives and the divine eye] and five of the six superpowers [the divine eye, divine ear, knowing the thoughts of others, recollection of past lives, and magical powers] can be partially attained by people who have not yet reached the rank of dharma strong and Māra defeated. They are sometimes not attained even by persons of the Way who have reached the status of dharma strong and Māra defeated or higher. However, the knowledge of the extinction of the contaminants (āsravakṣaya) and the superpower of the extinction of the contaminants can only be attained by buddhas and bodhisattvas who have attained to great, perfect, and right enlightenment.”