A Buddhist Bible by Dwight Goddard

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By Dwight Goddard

An creation to Zen Buddhism.

Published via Beacon Press, fifth printing, 1996.

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In the future only the future existence will be real, but unreal the past and present exist­ ence. Now only the present existence is real, but unreal the past and future existence. Verily, he who perceives the Dependent Origination (paticca-samuppada) perceives the truth; and he who perceives the truth perceives the dependent origination. For, just as from 4o SELECTIONS FROM PALI SOURCES the cow comes the milk, from milk curds, from curds butter, from butter ghee, from ghee the scum (of ghee); and when it is milk, it is not counted as curds or butter or ghee or scum of ghee, but only as milk; and when it is curds, it is only counted as curds:— even so was my past existence at that time real, but unreal the future and present existence; and my future existence will be at one time real, but unreal the past and present existence; and my present existence is now real, but unreal the past and future existence.

T h e thought free from cruelty. This is called right mindedness. 117) Now, right mindedness, let me tell you, is of two kinds: 1. The thoughts free from lust, from ill-will, and from cru­ elty:—this is called the Mundane Right Mindedness, which yields worldly fruits and brings good results. 2. But, whatsoever there is of thinking, considering, reason­ ing, thought, ratiocination, application—the mind being holy, being turned away from the world and conjoined with the path, the holy path being pursued:—these Verbal Operations of the mind are called the Ultramundane Right Mindedness, which is not of the world, but is ultramundane and conjoined with the paths.

15) And it is impossible that a being possessed of Right Understanding should regard anything as an Ego. 15) Now, if someone should say that feeling is his Ego, he should be answered thus: There are three kinds of feeling: pleasurable, painful, and indifferent feeling. Which of these three feelings now do you consider as your Ego? A t the mo­ ment namely of experiencing one of these feelings, one does not experience the other two. These three kinds of feeling are impermanent, of dependent origin, are subject to decay and dis­ solution, to fading away and extinction.

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