The Scripture of the Fo...


The Scripture of the Founding Master

Chapter Ten: Belief and Dedication


The Founding Master said, “When a teacher meets someone who wishes to become a disciple, the teacher first examines that person’s belief and dedication. If the practitioner has genuine belief, then the teacher’s dharma will be transmitted and the disciple will achieve merit; but if he or she does not have belief, the dharma won’t be transmitted and no merit will be achieved. What, then, is called ‘the believing mind’? First, the disciple should not harbor doubts about the teacher. Belief means that one’s faith in the teacher does not waver, even when thousands of people slander the teacher by referring to thousands of different things, nor to judge and speculate even when one finds some dubious points in what one personally witnesses. Second, belief means only to follow sincerely all the instructions of the teacher without insisting on one’s own opinions or being stubborn. Third, belief means to accept everything and never to complain, no matter how the teacher treats one, whether the teacher offers harsh admonitions or severe criticism, exposes one’s faults in front of others, or makes one carry out excessively strenuous tasks. Fourth, belief means never hiding or disguising one’s own faults in front of the teacher but truthfully confessing them. If the disciple possesses all four of these aspects, then that person's belief is extraordinary. The disciple will readily manage to become the dharma vessel of the buddhas and enlightened masters.”