The Scripture of the Fo...

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The Scripture of the Founding Master

Chapter Fifteen: Entrusting

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The Founding Master said, “In the past, religious orders, governments, or private organizations each relied on laws that perpetuated disparities in order to regulate people. In the coming era, however, laws that are biased in any situation will not be considered virtuous because they will be unable to edify the masses equally. Therefore, in our Order, if any person of the Way appears who has had a great enlightenment, that person should be honored with the status of the tathāgatas, whether lay or ordained, male or female, old or young. Moreover, in birthday and memorial ceremonies or any other events honoring a founder of this order, rather than holding an event on behalf of a single member, we should see to it that everyone should rejoice or mourn on the same day.”