Introduction: A Collection of Rules
someone who abides by the rules. If you don't follow the rules, you
will have to undergo the retribution of being abnormal in the future.
- Venerable Master Hsuan Hua
In the Sixth Patriarch Sutra, the Master said,
say, "I don’t want to be attached. In fact, I don’t want to follow the
rules. After all, the rules are just an attachment." Wrong! If you can
cast away your grasping mind and be unattached, you should be
unattached to what is wrong, but you should not be unattached to what
is right. For example, if you follow the rules, you can become a
Buddha. But if you think, "I am not attached. I don’t have to follow
the rules," then you cannot become a Buddha.
- Go down the right road.
- Retreat from the wrong one.
- Do not be attached to principles that are in opposition to the
Way, but grasp and hold tightly to those principles that are in accord
In view of the importance of rules, we present here a collection of various rules taught by the Venerable Master.