By Dwight Goddard

An advent to Zen Buddhism.

Published through Beacon Press, fifth printing, 1996.

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Dhp. 274-75) Truly, like this path there is no other path to the purity of insight. If you follow this path, you will put an end to suffering. (Dhp. 276) But each one has to struggle for himself, the Per­ fect Ones have only pointed out the way. (M. 26) Give ear then, for the Immortal is found. I reveal, I set forth the Truth. As I reveal it to you, so act! And that supreme goal of the holy life, for the sake of which sons of 34 SELECTIONS FROM PALI SOURCES good families go forth from home to the homeless state: this you will, in no long time, in this very life, make known to yourself, realise and attain to it.

But this is the misery of sensuous craving, the heaping up of suf­ fering in the future life, due to sensuous craving, conditioned through sensuous craving, caused by sensuous craving, entirely dependent on sensuous craving. 182) Not in the air, nor ocean-midst, Nor hiding in the mountain clefts, Not wilt thou find a place on earth, Where thou art freed from evil deeds. 35) For: owners of their deeds are the beings, heirs of their , j THE WORD OF THE BUDDHA 31 deeds, their deeds are the womb from which they sprang, with their deeds they are bound up, their deeds are their refuge.

This is called right action. (M. 117) Now right action, let me tell you, is of two kinds: 1. Abstaining from killing, from stealing, and from unlawful sexual intercourse:— this is called the Mundane Right Action, which yields worldly fruits and brings good results. 2. But the abhorrence of the practice of this three-fold wrong action, the abstaining, withholding, refraining therefrom — the mind being holy, being turned away from the world and conjoined with the path, the holy path being pursued:— this is called the Ultramundane Right Action, which is not of the world, but is ultramundane and conjoined with the paths.

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