The Scripture of the Fo...


The Scripture of the Founding Master

Chapter Eight: Buddhahood


A Christian minister paid a visit to the Founding Master, who asked, “What is the purpose of your visit?” The Christian minister said, “I have come to hear your good dharma-admonitions.” The Founding Master said, “Then, have you been able to overcome the limits of Christianity and see the vast heaven and earth?” The minister asked, “Where is that vast heaven and earth?” The Founding Master said, “You’ll find it when once you open your mind and take a broad perspective. People who do not take a broad perspective are always preoccupied with their own affairs, and familiarizing themselves only with there own traditions, criticize others’ affairs and reject their traditions. In this way, people cannot overcome their own norms and conventions, and will eventually fall into one-sidedness, producing barriers that become like mountains of silver and ramparts of iron. This is the reason for all the antagonisms and conflicts between countries, churches, and individuals. Why should you separate the great household that is originally perfect, and divide the great dharma that is infinite, into bits and pieces? We must abolish this barrier right away, and interconnect all households to develop a full and energetic new life. Then, there will be nothing in this world that should be discarded.”