The Scripture of the Fo...


The Scripture of the Founding Master

Chapter Fifteen: Entrusting


The Founding Master said to several of his disciples, “The reason I feel such deep affection for you is because, of all the people, only you ahead of so many others have found this special affinity, generated this special aspiration, and have come to seek this dharma. The reason I sometimes feel disappointed during our time together is because there are those among you whose dedication to cultivating the Way has diminished and who have aroused other selfish thoughts, and thus do not faithfully follow my guidance. If, in this way, you forget your original intents and disregard my purpose, then what will you do if I shake off all affinities and leave on a long journey of self-cultivation? At such a time, it will not be so easy to meet me, no matter how hard you try. Therefore, you must rededicate your spirits once again to make sure I don’t have such thoughts. The state of mind of a liberated person has aspects that cannot be fathomed with ordinary states of mind. When one is involved in any activity, no matter what it might be, it may seem as though one couldn’t stop even if it takes thousands of years. But once one decides to stop, all traces will instantly vanish into thin air.”