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The Scripture of the Founding Master

Chapter Six: Doubts Clarified

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He asked again, “It is said that those of the highest spiritual capacity instantly attain ‘sudden awakening/ sudden cultivation.’ Do they complete awakening and cultivation all at once?” The Founding Master said, “There were a few of the past buddhas and patriarchs who were known to have accomplished sudden awakening/sudden cultivation; in actuality, however, there are thousands of steps to the process of ‘seeing the nature’, and one must pass through various stages of cultivation, too, before one accomplishes sudden awakening/sudden cultivation. For example, it is like daybreak: darkness recedes unnoticed and daylight arrives unnoticed.”