The Scripture of the Fo...


The Scripture of the Founding Master

Chapter Ten: Belief and Dedication


The Founding Master said, “Believing in the Three Jewels also involves the two categories of self-powered belief and other-powered belief. Other-powered belief means literally believing in and worshiping the Buddha, dharma, and sangha that have actually appeared in the world. Self-powered belief means discovering the buddha, dharma, and sangha that are within one’s own self-nature and inwardly believing and practicing them. These categories become the foundations for each other, so self-powered and other-powered belief must develop in tandem. However, once one’s practice reaches the ultimate state, there will be no boundaries between self and other, and the myriad things in heaven and earth and the dharma realm of empty space will all turn into the Three Jewels.”