The Scripture of the Fo...

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The Scripture of the Founding Master

Chapter Eight: Buddhahood

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The Founding Master continued, “If one uses all the goods in this world, whether they are of high or low worth, appropriately according to each situation, then all things in the universe will become convenient objects for one’s use, while all dharmas in this world will become a support system for oneself. For example, among the things displayed in the marketplace, there are different varieties and colors of expensive or cheap goods, but we do not just seek out expensive goods and disregard the rest. No matter how valuable an object might be, there are situations where one has no use for it; and even if an object is cheap, there still will be situations where it will obviously be needed. Gold and jade may be rare treasures, but to remedy one’s immediate hunger, they are not as good as a bowl of rice. Lye is extremely noxious to the human body, but for washing clothes it is a necessary ingredient. In this way, the characteristics and usage of each object are different. If, by not understanding this principle and only considering one aspect, one thinks all goods in the market are unnecessary except for the things one needs, then how narrow-minded and ignorant is this?” The minister was moved and said, “Your scope is truly immense, Master!”