The Scripture of the Fo...


The Scripture of the Founding Master

Chapter Six: Doubts Clarified


A disciple asked, “To what status must we ascend before we are no longer subject to retrogression?” The Founding Master said, “One must attain to the status of beyond the household, or above. However, it is not the case that, just because one has reached the state of nonretrogression, one will not regress even if one neglects the practicing mind. The truth of everything under heaven is that there is not a single thing that stays unchanged. Even the buddhas, who have reached the stage of nonretrogression, must continuously sustain their practicing mind, so that all the favorable or adverse sensory conditions or the thousands of Māras and heretics will not be able to turn back their minds. This is what is called nonretrogression.”