The Way of Purification
Ch. I Purification of the Mind #6
Those who seek the path to Enlightenment must first remove all egotistic pride and be humbly willing to accept the light of Buddha’s teachings. All the treasures of the world, all its gold and silver and honors, are not to be compared with wisdom and virtue.
To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.
Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.
The Buddha’s teaching, which tells people how to eliminate greed, anger and foolishness, is a good teaching and those who follow it attain the happiness of a good life.
The Way of Practical Attainment
Ch. II The Ways of Practice #13
In training for Enlightenment, some may succeed quicker than others. Therefore, one should not be discouraged to see others becoming enlightened first.
When a man is practicing archery, he does not expect quick success but knows that if he practices patiently, he will become more and more accurate. A river begins as a brook but grows ever larger until it flows in the great ocean.
Like these examples, if a man trains with patience and perseverence, he will surely gain Enlightenment.
As already explained, if one keeps his eyes open, he will see the teaching everywhere, and so his opportunities for Enlightenment are endless.
Once there was a man who was burning incense. He noticed that the frangrance was neither coming nor going; it neither appeared nor disappeared. This trifle incident led him to gain Enlightenment.
Once there was a man who got a thorn stuck in his foot. He felt the sharp pain and a thought came to him, that pain was only a reaction of the mind. From this incident a deeper thought followed that the mind may get out of hand if one fails to control it, or it may become pure if one succeeds. From these thoughts, a little later, Enlightenment came to him.
There was another man who was very avaricious. One day he was thinking of his greedy mind when he realized that greedy thoughts were but shavings and kindlings that wisdom could burn and consume. That was the beginning of his Enlightenment.
There is an old saying: “Keep your mind level. If the mind is level, the whole world will be level.” Consider these words. Realize that all the distractions of the world are caused by discriminating views of the mind. There is a path to Enlightenment in those very words. Indeed, the ways to Enlightenment are unlimited.