The Scripture of the Fo...


The Scripture of the Founding Master

Chapter Fourteen: Prospects


When the Founding Master gave a dharma talk, he conveyed the impression that his awesome virtue was vanquishing the trichiliocosm while everything in the six rebirth and the four modes of birth was rejoicing together in one place. At moments like this, such disciples as Pak Sasihwa, Mun Chŏnggyu, and Kim Namch’ŏn danced with their gray hair flying in the air, while Chŏn Samsam, Ch’oe Tohwa, No Tŏksongok, and others rose to their feet and prostrated repeatedly, uplifting the air inside the hall and promoting the supreme joy in the dharma. It seemed as if the worlds in the ten directions were elated. With a smile on his sage’s countenance, the Founding Master said, “For a great order to be established, it is customary for the buddhas and bodhisattvas to hold an advance meeting in the Hidden Realm to decide on their responsibilities when they appear in this world. Thus, aren’t they bodhisattvas who came to this world with the responsibility to dance and prostrate? Nowadays, only a few of us are rejoicing like this, but in the future, the triple world in the ten directions, the six rebirth destinies, and the four modes of birth will rejoice together equally.”