The Principal Book of Won-Buddhism

Part Two : Doctrine

Chapter Six: The Essential Ways of Human Life and of Practice

The Fourfold Grace and the Four Essentials are the essential Way of human life; the Threefold Study and the Eight Articles are the essential Way of practice. As for the essential Way of human life, people would not be able to follow it without the essential Way of practice. As for the essential Way of practice, people would not be able to manifest fully the efficacious power of that practice without the essential Way of human life. To explain their connection through an analogy, the essential Way of practice is like the medical arts by which a physician cures a patient, while the essential Way of human life is like the medicine that cures the patient.