The Scripture of the Fo...


The Scripture of the Founding Master

Chapter Six: Doubts Clarified


He asked again, "In the future when we are voting for a prime dharma master, to what status should he or she have ascended in order to be selected?" The Founding Master said, "Even in this degenerate age, one must as-cend to at least the status of Māra defeated to be qualified for the position of prime dharma master." He asked once more, "If there appears a person of the Way whose dhar-ma power is superior to that of a current prime dharma master, how should we handle promoting that person to a higher dharma rank?" The Founding Master said, "It should be done by getting the general consensus of the congregation."