The Scripture of the Fo...


The Scripture of the Founding Master

Chapter Twelve: Exemplary Acts


When the Founding Master was visiting Maryŏng Temple, Oh Songam came to visit him and said, “Since my daughters Chongsun and Chongt’ae joined your order, they have refused to get married. That’s not what I would like, but since I haven’t been able to change their minds, I have left them alone. So, please, would you take responsibility for their futures?” The Founding Master said, “My dharma is different from that of Buddhism of the past, in that it does not formally prohibit married life. However, how can I be indifferent to those who, having made such an exceptional vow, aspire to spiritual practice and public service with pure bodies and minds? However, their futures depend not on their parents or their teacher, but on their own minds. Hence, leave the ultimate responsibility to them, and let’s you and me just try to guide them with sincerity.” Songam got up, bowed and happily consented to his daughters' becoming ordaine