The Scripture of the Fo...


The Scripture of the Founding Master

Chapter Thirteen: On the Order


The Founding Master said, “Those who guide the masses must always examine carefully in which direction people’s spirits are flowing. If there is even the slightest sign of decay in public morals, then you must seek a means to rectify it, correcting words with words and the body with the body, and working hard by whatever means necessary to transform them. If people generally show a tendency to dislike physical labor, then transform their inclinations by yourself performing physical labor; for those who have excessive self-conceit, or desires for fame and fortune, let them feel ashamed on their own by personally demonstrating modesty and humility. By taking the lead like this in all matters, you should prevent mistakes beforehand or rectify them afterwards. This is the method by which bodhisattvas guide others and is an expedient means of edifying sentient beings.”