The Scripture of the Fo...


The Scripture of the Founding Master

Chapter Seven: The Principle of the Nature


While the Founding Master was staying at Pongnae Hermitage, someone came to see him through Sŏ Chungan’s introduction. The Master asked, “What have you heard that you would walk here on such a rugged path?” He replied, “Hearing about the excellence of your Way and its power, I came to see you in person.” The Founding Master said, “Now that you have seen me, is there something you want?” He replied, “My mind cannot be rectified even for a moment because of the defilements and the idle thoughts that I constantly have in this dusty world. I want to rectify that mind.” The Founding Master said, “The method for rectifying the mind is first to awaken to the original foundation of the mind and then to be impartial when using the mind. If you wish to understand why this is so, you must try to study this question.” Then, the Master wrote for him, “‘The myriad dharmas return to one; to what does the one return?’”