The Scripture of the Fo...


The Scripture of the Founding Master

Chapter Nine: Sending on Spirits in Transition


The Founding Master said, “No matter how much we might have accumulated grains and money throughout this life, we cannot take anything with us when we die. How can we call things we cannot take along with us our eternal possessions? If we want to create eternal possessions, then while we are alive we must work hard for others’ benefit in every possible way, but must do so without dwelling on any sign that benefit is conferred so that we may accumulate merit that is free from the con-taminants [anāsrava]. Our true, eternal possession is the vow regarding the right dharma and the power of the mind that has cultivated it. By devoting ceaseless efforts to this vow and to mind practice, we will become a master of wisdom and merit in the infinite world.”