The Scripture of the Fo...


The Scripture of the Founding Master

Chapter Seven: The Principle of the Nature


The Founding Master addressed the congregation at a meditation hall, “Even though it is said that the principle of the nature cannot be fully expounded in words, you should still be able to express it convincingly. If there are any of you who think that you have realized it, then try to answer my query. In the line, ‘All dharmas return to one,’ tell me in detail what that one is to which they return; and in ‘To what does the one return?’ tell me where this one returns.” The members of the congregation offered their answers one after another, but the Founding Master did not sanction any of them. One disciple stood up, bowed to the Master, and said, “Please, Great Master, ask me the question one more time.” The Founding Master did so. The disciple answered, “Since all dharmas are originally complete and have not returned anywhere since the very beginning, why do we need to return the one anywhere?” The Founding Master smiled and again said nothing.