The Scripture of the Fo...


The Scripture of the Founding Master

Chapter Twelve: Exemplary Acts


A person came and begged to be accepted as a disciple. The Founding Master said, “Why don’t you come back one or two more times over the next few days and then see?” The person said, “My intention is set, so please give me your consent.” The Founding Master thought for a while, then gave him the dharma name Ilchi [‘Going in a Day’]. The man withdrew and he then said to the congregation, “What affinities have brought us together as disciples in the same Order?” He claimed that he had some potent medicinal pills and urged the congregation to buy them without suspicion, but no one would buy any. Ilchi became angry, and saying, “How can you have so little loyalty to a comrade?” And before the sun had set, he left.