The Scripture of the Fo...


The Scripture of the Founding Master

Chapter Ten: Belief and Dedication


Among the disciples, there was one who cut off his hand as a token of his faith. The Founding Master strongly reprimanded him, “One’s physical body is an indispensable asset for continuing one’s practice and work. What benefit is there in damaging your indispensable asset in order to express your faith? What’s more, authentic belief and dedication originally depend on one’s mind and not on one’s physical body. In the future, no one should ever commit such an act.” He continued, “No matter how outstanding one’s knowledge and literary prowess or how highly others admire one for some temporary feat, that will not be sufficient to be a successor in this order’s lineage. Only a person who has exerted utmost effort in this practice and work with inalterable belief and dedication defying death itself will be qualified for that.”