The Scripture of the Fo...


The Scripture of the Founding Master

Chapter Thirteen: On the Order


The Founding Master said, “When you submit the written vow to lead the life of an ordained devotee, you must think deeply about it. If, you pledge to the dharma realm of empty space and before the congregation to achieve buddhahood and deliver all sentient beings by dedicating your body and mind to this practice and this enterprise, but along the way change your mind and fall into your own private business or hedonism, then that would be deceiving heaven and earth. Truth will never pardon you, and ultimately, your road ahead will be obstructed. Also, when one comes to be in a position that involves guiding others, one must consider the matter even more deeply. If one claims to have attained a great enlightenment when one actually hasn’t and misleads others about their road ahead, then this would in fact be deceiving Truth and will also make it difficult to avoid baleful destinies.”