The Scripture of the Fo...


The Scripture of the Founding Master

Chapter Eleven: Maxims


The Founding Master said, “A person who has lost all hope is someone whose physical body is still alive but whose mind is dead. Even a villain who has committed murder, robbery, or sexual misconduct, if he turns his mind around just once, may still become a buddha or a bodhisattva. But for a person who has lost all hope, there is nothing that can be done for that person until his or her mind becomes alive again. Therefore, the buddhas and bodhisattvas set up the power of their vow to arouse great hope in all sentient beings and work hard without interruption through numerous lifetimes.”