The Scripture of the Fo...


The Scripture of the Founding Master

Chapter Nine: Sending on Spirits in Transition


Chŏng Ilsŏng asked the Founding Master, “When my life is coming to an end, what final thought should I maintain?” The Founding Master said, “Rest in an impeccable state of mind.” Chŏng asked again, “What is the road of death and rebirth like?” The Founding Master said, “It is like falling asleep and then waking up: falling asleep without any discernment, you feel as though Ilsŏng has gone somewhere, but when you wake up, you are again that same Ilsŏng. Wherever you go, the same being called Ilsŏng is endlessly reborn and dies again according to his karma.”